Brexit and the competing goals of the Premier League and The FA

Brexit and the competing goals of the Premier League and The FA

Jake Cohen and Carol Couse recently published the first of an ongoing series on the potential impact Brexit will have on the global football landscape for The Independent.

In this article, Jake and Carol highlight the natural conflict that exists between the Premier League and The FA, given their competing goals.

Premier League clubs would naturally like the ability to cast the widest possible net for which to acquire talent, regardless of players' nationalities.

However, The FA is primarily concerned with England's success at the international level. In order to achieve this success, The FA will likely attempt to use Brexit as a way to engineer opportunities for English players in the Premier League that might not have otherwise existed if clubs were able to continue to enjoy unfettered access to the EU's football talent pool.

There is a very delicate regulatory balance that needs to be struck in order for The FA and the Premier League to accomplish their very different goals, and the negotiations will no doubt be one of the bigger ongoing stories in English football over the next few years.

The full article can be accessed here.

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