Number of home-grown players in European football has increased
6 November 2019
For the first time in ten years, the number of home-grown players in Europe's top divisions has increased, an analysis by the CIES Football Observatory shows.
However, it's difficult to claim that the tendency towards fewer home-grown players has reversed, the research group states.
The Premier League is among the leagues with the least number of home-grown players.
According to a new analysis from the CIES Football Observatory, the presence of home-grown players in European football has stabilised.
Based on data gathered from clubs in 31 top European divisions, the CIES has measured the number of home-grown players at 17.2 per cent of the total pool of players in 2019 - the first increase in the metric since the research group started gathering the data in 2009.
Back then, 23.2 per cent of the players were home-grown.
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