Brexit Vote Could Spell Doom for English Soccer

  • Brexit Vote Could Spell Doom for English Soccer

Brexit Vote Could Spell Doom for English Soccer

The decision by the UK to leave the European Union could bring about significant changes for English soccer players if the exit ends up barring continental players from easily joining the Premier League. Premier League odds could be profoundly shaken up due to Brexit even after English soccer reestablished itself in the 1990s to eliminate its uncontrolled hooliganism to attract many star players from other European nations.

However, the consequences of exiting the EU will progressively unfold for English soccer, as Britain continues to renegotiate its relationship with the European governing body. The following are some of the issues that would come about:

The Future of the Sterling Pound

Britain can only remain in the 28-state EU alliance for the next two years, after which currency fluctuations could lead to major uncertainties with the Sterling Pound. With the sudden fall of the European currency as soon as the results were out, this means that British clubs will have to spend more on transfer pricing for European players. Furthermore, after converting their salaries to their local currency, foreign players will notice that they have less from the pound.

However, with the Euro 2016 tournament still on, very few transfers have taken place, and the pound could still recover from its losses with many transactions yet to be completed in July and August. Furthermore, continental clubs can now buy English players cheaply, even though a handful of them prefer to play overseas since they get paid high salaries at home.

Work Permits

Playing in any of the countries in the EU does not oblige you to have a work permit. However, it becomes difficult if you lack a Swiss Passport, a passport legible to work in the EU or an EU Economic Area passport. Nearly one year has passed since the EU passed strict eligibility requirements on soccer players when it comes to British work permits.

The EU only requires those players that come from countries in FIFA’s top 50 list to have work permits. Furthermore, players from No. 1-10 national teams must play in 30% of their games and those from 31-50 must play in 75% of the games over a two-year period. However, exemptions are in place for those clubs who can argue for the necessity of allocating Visas to players who fail to meet such standards. Eligibility of players from EU nations will follow the resulting negotiations that Britain will have with the EU upon their exit.

Home-Grown Talent

The Football Association has constantly depended on locally based talented players to boost the competence of their national team. As such, the Premier League will uphold its prominence as the leading soccer competition in the world for local players due to the competitiveness and global structure of the teams. With the Champions League and Europa league still featuring many European clubs, the British government could be forced to come up with an easier route for other European-based players.

According to Greg Dyke, the FA Chairman, they will welcome a boost in the number of English players with Britain’s exit from the EU. He also said that losing good players from other European nation could be a blow to the FA because the association was against Brexit in the first place.

Youth Talent

When it comes to the development of youth clubs, the repercussions of the Brexit vote could take almost a decade for it to be felt, as many academies could restructure themselves if other clubs can no longer sign talented young player across the EU. For instance, if Brexit vote came in 2003, Cesc Fabregas could not have joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a 16-year-old. Teenagers are cheap in Europe, especially if they want to play in England due to low-compensation fees compared to transfer fees.

Furthermore, English clubs that have partner clubs in other European nations, such as Chelsea and the Dutch club, Vitesse Arnhem, can have difficulties sending talented player to those clubs for experience purposes. Therefore, English clubs could lose out on signing young talented players from other parts of Europe, while other European clubs could do so easily.