The UEFA “Home-grown Players” Rule: Does It Fulfil Its Aim?

By Vanja Smokvina.

Published by The Sport Collection

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In the article the author will analyse how newly-introduced football rules are affecting the legal and labour status of sportspeople, exactly football players. To illustrate the author’s thesis that those rules are not fulfilling its aim of encouraging the recruitment and training of young players in clubs and national associations for the good of national teams, there will be used some statistical dates with the analyse of the English and Italian football championship. On the one hand, the author takes the English premier league since the English FA introduced those rules which are compulsory in the UEFA competitions in its national championship, and on the other hand the author takes the Italian league which clubs have the obligation to comply with those rules when are competing in UEFA competitions. Along with the analyse of those UEFA rules, the author will give a complete illustration of the legal relationship between UEFA and EU institutions, especially their support to the rule. Furthermore, the author will also give his opinion on the possible alternatives of those rules.

Keywords: Home-grown Player,, UEFA Rule,, European Law,, Labour Law,, Sports Law

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 273.599KB).

Vanja Smokvina

Research Assistant, PhD Candidate, Department of Labour and Social Law, Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, 51000, Primorsko-goranska, Croatia

The author is employed at the Faculty of law, University of Rijeka – Croatia as a research assistant in the Department of Labour and Social Law. Smokvina is writing a PhD entitled “Free movement of sportspeople and the specificity of their labour status in EU and candidate countries,” at the European Law Faculty, Nova Gorica, Slovenia. The author already published two books on Croatian labour law and more than ten scientific and professional articles. In the period of writing his PhD, he spent a research period at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague – Sports Centre and at the University of Udine, Italy – Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Law. Smokvina’s main fields of interest are: labour law, sports law and European law.