The Case for Foreign Player Limits in Professional Soccer Leagues

Posted on October 19, 2018

“(Alex) Ferguson urges limits on foreign players. Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has backed FIFA’s plan to limit the number of foreign players at clubs, saying it is crucial to help develop local talent.”


“As the US Men’s Soccer team has struggled on the field, the number of American players in MLS has declined”

https://www.businessinsider.com/number-of-american-players-in-mls-has-declined-2018-3

“Ferguson: There have to be limits. I think it should be a concern when local and national players are not given opportunities, so therefore eventually there have to be limitations on foreign players; that way club’s youth systems are protected. Progress is progress and the future has to protect the national game.”

https://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2008/m=12/news=ferguson-there-have-limits-980526.html

“Ferguson urges limits on foreign players. Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has backed FIFA’s plan to limit the number of foreign players at clubs, saying it is crucial to help develop local talent.”

www.soccernews.com/ferguson-urges-limits-on-foreign-players/12002/

“Paul Scholes exclusive: Why Premier League clubs that buy average foreign players are killing England’s World Cup dreams.”

http://archive.li/KwsLl#selection-1049.0-1049.120

“STEVEN GERRARD: The Liverpool player said: “I am sure the quotas idea won’t do any harm. I am sure it will help the national team if that is the case. We want as many homegrown players playing in that league as possible.”

https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/liverpools-gerrard-foreigners-hurting-national-cause-155930

“Rio Ferdinand call for limit on foreign players in English Premier League”

https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/rio-ferdinand-limit-foreign-players-english-premier-league

“Gary Neville – there are too many foreigners in the Premier League”

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/sport/football/premier_league/10607867.Gary_Neville___there_are_too_many_foreigners_in_the_Premier_League/

“Thomas Muller believes amount of foreign players in Premier League hinders England national team. World Cup-winning Germany star believes kids get more of a chance with top clubs in his homeland’s Bundesliga than they do at their English counterparts.”

https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/soccer/soccer-news/thomas-muller-believes-amount-foreign-6657563

“Ronald Koeman: I won’t sign players if it hurts the prospects of young players.”

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/ronald-koeman-wont-sign-players-12520980

“FIFA president Sepp Blatter has cited the increasing number of foreign players in the Premiership as the underlining reason for England’s failure to qualify for Euro 2008.”

https://www.goal.com/en/news/745/fifa/2008/06/06/725041/blatter-foreigners-hurt-england

“Premier League chairman Sir David Richards has broken ranks by admitting the England team is being harmed by the number of foreign imports in the top flight.”

https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/epl-boss-foreigners-have-hurt-england

“PARREIRA: Too many foreigners hurt national teams.World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, currently the Brazil national team technical director insists that for the good of national teams, the number of foreign players plying their trade in the local leagues has to be kept at a minimum.”

https://www.futaa.com/ng/article/81968/parreira-too-many-foreigners-hurt-national-teams

“England’s problem is too many foreign players in the Premier League.” – Simon Kuper

twitter.com/kupersimon/status/1015641063388778496

“More talent, fewer minutes: English players suffering in Premier League. Gareth Southgate leads calls for debate after statistics show homegrown players are not as involved as last year”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/sep/05/english-premier-league-gareth-southgate

“THERE ARE TOO MANY FOREIGN PLAYERS IN THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE”

http://asianworldnews.co.uk/sports/there-are-too-many-foreign-players-in-the-english-premier-league/

“RYAN GIGGS: There are too many foreign managers in the Premier League and little opportunity for local talents, according to former Manchester United winger and assistant manager Ryan Giggs.”

https://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2017/02/22/58ad6023e5fdea3a6e8b45c7.html

“Boris blames England’s Euro 2016 flop on too many ‘foreign players’ in the Premier League”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/527172/Boris-Johnson-England-Euro-2016-Premier-League-International-Players-Euro-2016

“English FA Chairman: We must cut number of foreign players to find more English talent like Harry Kane”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/11490370/We-must-cut-number-of-foreign-players-to-find-more-English-talent-like-Harry-Kane-says-FA-chairman.html

“Fuming” Ian Harte Rants About “Too Many Foreign Players” At Leeds”

https://www.balls.ie/football/fuming-ian-harte-rants-many-foreign-players-leeds-382554

“Foreign players are ruining the beautiful game… says MP David Amess”

https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/local_news/11365041.Foreign_players_are_ruining_the_beautiful_game____says_MP_David_Amess/

“Le Tissier: England CANNOT win trophies because Premier League has too many foreign players”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/england-cannot-win-trophies-because-1937130

“Putin suggests Russian soccer league has too many foreign players”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-soccer-idUSKBN1961MF

“CANTONA: Man Utd legend Cantona says, Too many foreigners in Premier League”

https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-utd-legend-cantona-too-many-foreigners-premier-league-1471611

“Poyet: Too many foreigners in the Premier League. Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says the Premier League has an unhealthy surplus of foreign stars.”

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/money/technology/too-many-foreigners-in-the-premier-league-poyet/vi-AAfjnvc

“JOSE MOURINHO: TOO MANY FOREIGN COACHES IN ENGLAND. According to Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, there are too many foreign coaches in the Premier League.”

https://ewn.co.za/2014/01/05/Too-many-foreign-coaches-in-England

“RYAN GIGGS: Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes ‘too many foreigners’ are managing in the Premier League”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4248402/Man-United-icon-says-EPL-foreign-bosses.html

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