FIFA gets it right
Updated Friday, 30th May 2008
FIFA has agreed to move towards a 6+5 rule. A minimum of six home players on the park at kick off is the target. There will be problems with European employment last but this must be a move in the right direction.
The FIFA congress, meeting in
There is a suggestion that the change might be phased in over a few years; 4+7 in 2010, 5+6 in 2011 and finally 6+5 in 2012. The definition of a home player is that the player is eligible to play for the home international team.
The biggest clubs are not happy at this restriction - how many English players are on the park at kick off when Arsenal,
Motherwell have passed this threshold with ease - at least since the flirtation with Harri Kampman! There will be lots of obstacles to overcome but this has to be a welcome move. Fans enjoy watching local youngsters develop then become first team regulars. There is a huge potential benefit to the national team which is also to be welcome.
It's not often that the law makers of the game deserve credit but they have made the right decision in this case.