Brexit The term came to be in the beginning of 2016, when Britain first announced its decision to withdraw from the EU. The announcement quickly triggered across the entire world, particularly to other members of the EU. At the time, no one could understand the reason behind what was taking place and the reason Britain is facing this departure. Many press conferences and meetings occurred in the span of a few hours however, nobody had any idea of the consequences that would follow this withdrawal of the UK. Everyone was eager to know what people in the UK will vote on this departure. 51.9 percent of the votes were in favour of Brexit and the remaining 48.1 percent of the votes were against it. EU citizens knew it would be a significant change for them, specifically the football players. The players were aware that departure of the UK from the EU could trigger a lot of changes to the system they’re a part of.
After one year since the Brexit referendum after one year of the referendum, the UK has finally declared Article 50 of Lisbon treaty on the 29th of March 2017. This has left the majority of top league clubs in the midst of the impact. The following are the rules that might be affected and could impact the English football industry in a major way:
1.) Freedom of Movement: Based on the four freedom principles set forth of movement as outlined by the EU It can be said that it is the legal right for citizens to freely travel between the member states to fulfill the purposes of working. As Britain has left the EU and is no longer a member, it will in any way be simple for EU nationals to get into the UK. This type of restrictions on citizens will certainly affect those who work in the country particularly those who are football players. Football players won’t be able to join their UK football clubs as effortlessly as they were prior to the referendum. If the UK government signs an agreement with a specific member state of the EU that is considering “Freedom of Movement”, the EU citizens will have to deal with the uncertainty. This uncertainty among players will affect their performance and their careers. It was due to Freedom of Moment only that these players could play for different clubs in the EU without having a permit to work. Following Brexit it is not going to be exactly the identical. Players will need an employment visa to work for teams within the UK and it’s not going to be so simple.
2.) Working Permits: Another significant impact that Brexit will have on English footballers is the requirement for the work permit in order to be able to enter to work and live in the UK. Players who worked at various football clubs within the UK without Visa problems will now need to get a work permit prior to arriving in the UK. The problem will be that the government has a specific standard for obtaining an official work permit. Similar problems are for non-EU players who must need to apply to FA for an endorsement by the governing body prior to when they can have a work permit granted through their Home Office. In light of this, Premier League clubs have urged the government of Britain to come up with the measures to protect themselves to prevent being impacted by Brexit. They would like to ask the UK government to grant the exemption of work visas for the footballers to allow them to freely join their respective club in Britain. If not, it would be difficult for soccer clubs of the UK to find footballers from Europe. It is therefore important for Britain to keep its 44-year partnership with the EU.
3.) The devaluation process of Currency The devaluation of currency has been taking place since June 2016 the time that Brexit was announced The value of the British Pound is certainly decreasing against the Dollar. The decline in the value of the UK’s currency will definitely impact the lives of footballers currently playing for UK football clubs since they’ll earn less in contrast to after Brixit income. Additionally it will be easier to Non UK clubs to pick UK clubs to choose players from the UK since they’ll have to pay less for players who are able to comprehend the value of pounds. Additionally, this reduction in the value of the UK’s currency is not certain unless there are agreements bilaterally made between the two parties and the UK and the other remaining members of the EU. This decline of the pound is definitely will affect the lives of players in the Premier League. They could face the financial burden and make many adjustments in their lives. Some of them may find it may be difficult to keep their dream of becoming an athlete, which could be difficult to solve.
4.) The conflict among the FA as well as the Premier League: Due to Brexit the Premier League is feeling a sense of uncertainty about the possible consequences of the football law. The people who run the clubs of the UK are also stressed and uncertain of what they’ll perform after Brexit. Based on the chart records of the Premier League, the highest percent of goals that are scored by EU players within the Premier League is of Chelsea and is 76 . This means that Chelsea will be the team that suffers the most. Blues are the ones to suffer the most following the Brexit. Additionally, 74 percent the players of Chelsea are either EU citizen or have another EU nationality. It will be very difficult for Chelsea to operate smoothly because of Brexit. According to the authorities for football in the UK there could limitations on Bosman transfers. This could limit the UK clubs from hiring EU players to play for their clubs in the Premier League. The FA plans to create new opportunities for young players from England who wish to be a part of England. While players from the Premier League clubs are focusing on their players’ squads in order to compete and win the coming competitions.
5.) GBE: It stands for “Governing body endorsement”. In accordance with FA’s work permit requirements, all non-EU/EEA footballers must obtain GBE from their sports bodies to be able to get an employment visa and to be able to play for their respective clubs. Players who have played in the minimum number of international competitive matches for their national team in two years before they apply for a work permit, can be eligible for GBE. If any player fails to meet the requirements to be eligible for GBE the player is evaluated based on a points basis. The points are determined according to how much transfer fees that the player has paid and the salary that is offered to the player in relation to other players in the league. They are also granted based on the player’s performance when playing for his former club. In the end, the player who is able to qualify for this system based on points is granted the visa. For who are not qualified are not granted an authorization to the football club they play for.
The length of the GBE’s issue:Governing Body Endorsements must be granted for a duration suitable to the duration of
acceptance of sponsorship, or for the tier of which the application has been granted, which is:
As an Sponsor Level 2 or Tier 5 For 4 years.
Migrant Tier 2 Sport
Initial application – duration of the contract or up to 3 years maximum depending on the length of contract.
Extension application – duration of contract or two years or two years, whichever is
The shorter time.
Sporting Migrants Tier 5 migrant – duration of contract, or up to 12 months, or the length of contract, whichever is the
A shorter timeframe. In-country extensions are not possible.
If it is stated in their endorsement by the governing body guidelines, governing bodies could endorse a player for a period shorter than the duration of their employment contract, for instance, the duration of a season. When this happens, the player should be aware that their endorsement and therefore entry clearance and leave to remain is restricted to the duration of the endorsement, and is not for the entire duration of the contract.
6.) Chances for youngsters English Players: Alongside other negative aspects the Brexit process has also opened up an opportunity for youngsters English players who are not able to make it into the ranks of the main team. The officials from FA would like to see a world-class Premier League where the world top players will play instead of the typical international players. They will give an opportunity to domestic players that have the potential to compete against international players. In the end, Premier League will be an opportunity for them display their talents by playing alongside elite footballers. The authorities have clarified that they do not want to get into a battle against Premier League by calling these youngsters. Instead, they are trying to find an appropriate solution that is beneficial to all parties including the players, authorities, Premier League, and FA. There will not be an open policy for anyone to play in the Premier League, nor it is a straight no to foreign players. It’ll be the most enjoyable football experience for us all. In March of 2017 the announcement was made by the EFL that there would have an upsurge in the amount home-grown players appearing on team sheets from six to seven starting from the next season. Additionally, they come up with an agreement that states that at least one club-developed player will be included in every team in any EFL league beginning in the 2018-19 season.