FIGC make request for UK players to be treated as EU players – the potential effect on Milan

By Euan Burns -

The FIGC, Italy’s football federation, has made a request to CONI (the Italian National Olympic Committee) for players from the United Kingdom to be treated the same as players from the European Union when it comes to player registration. 

Since the United Kingdom left the European Union, players who are English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish have had to occupy a non-EU slot when teams register their squads for their domestic league or European competition.

An example of this is that Milan have used one of their two non-EU slots available at the start of the summer on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, whereas previously he would not have occupied one. A player like Christian Pulisic, whilst American, does not occupy a slot as he holds Croatian citizenship as well.

As was explained by legal expert Felice Raimondo on Twitter, the change could affect the current transfer market. Due to the FIGC publishing the registration details for the current season at the start of August, Milan could recover one of the non-EU slots, the one taken up by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

“The change could already impact this market because the FIGC usually publishes the communication regulating the registration of non-EU players (for the current season) at the beginning of August. And so the timing is likely to be the same. Milan would recover a slot,” Raimondo explained.

One of the reasons that Milan stopped their move for Daichi Kamada is that he needed to occupy a non-EU slot, although that move also broke down due to tactical changes.

Tags AC Milan Ruben Loftus-Cheek


    1. Is it worth it anymore ? Offensively, we have Leao, Giroud, Pulisic, Okafor, Romero, Colombo, CDK and Chukwueze is probably coming. Hardly any room left for a new offensive player (especially considering Taremi’s price tag). IMO we should focus on midfield and defense

      1. Well, knowing our medical team we definitely should sign more players. We always have 7 or 8 players on our injury list and it costs us trophies. Also, signing Kamada would be great in case some of our other newcomers will flop.

        1. That’s definetly a good point. But with so many players we’re running the risk of having some rotten on the bench. Maybe one more forward player, but that’s it.

        2. What is the point of signing more players who can’t be registered?

          Remember, only 17 non-homegrown players can be registered at A list of both Serie A and/or UCL. The B list of Serie A only available for U22 players while the B list for UCL only available for U21 players who have been at the club for at least 2 full seasons.

          1. 8 home grown i think for CL registration and 4 must from ACM academy : calabria,colombo,pobega,chakatraore or other primavera player.
            4 from other italian club academy : sportielo,mirante,florenzi, new LB or singo ( still rumour)
            17 non home grown : Maignan,tomori,theo,kalulu,thiaw,kjaer,reijnders,RLC,leao,okafor,pulisic,samuelchukwu ( still 12) . Maybe the other 5 can be decided after mercato close ( note: bennacer out from list due to long injury)

  1. Would be great news if so, would open up a good market of players who should retain decent resale value. It’s been good to see British players finally start moving to European clubs more in recent year, only for them to become one of many casualties of the idiocy of Brexit.

  2. They should change that rule completely, from NON-EU to NON European.
    If you come from a country whose football federation is part of Uefa and your NT plays euro qualifiers and plays at the Euros you should be considered a European player.
    Only players that come from other continental federation should be considered non European and have limit on how many they can transfer in 1 transfer window.

    1. Very good idea, first time i am hearing it but i like it a lot. Even though i am a fan of free comoetition, in EPL there are no such rules and you can see the quality they can get

    2. I mean, the idea of the rule is to try and get more homegrown players, but the EU/Schengen arrangement means that’s the most they can do within European law.

      Opening up to the UK players would create a precedent than would include the likes of Kazakhstan, Israel, Moldova, Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia and other countries. I don’t have a problem with that, but I imagine a lot of Italian politicians would!

  3. In that case they should sign the best brazilian young ST still available. I know real an barca already had their pick

  4. If true, another non-EU spot opens up. But this seems to be odd. The UK would need to have some sort of agreement with the EU like Switzerland does. Some sort of political and economic agreement. That’s not in place right now. Unless the FIGC plans to do this independently.

    1. Your logic is sound, but Italy’s non-EU restriction has nothing to do with the actual strictures of the EU per se. All non-EU persons seeking to live and work in Italy still have to go through visa and work permit requirements. The FIGC’s limitation on the number of non-EU players that can be signed per year is just an arbitrary number set at 2, which simply says that Italian clubs can sign only sign 2 non-EU players from outside the EU per season. There is no EU rule that limits the number of EU players that arrive at any given club or country, so long as they meet EU work permit/visa requirements. Each league sets their own rules for how many non-EU players their clubs are allowed to sign. For example, Spain limits their clubs to 5 non-EU players (total), but only 3 are allowed to be named to a match squad for any given match. In Germany, there are no non-EU player limits, clubs just have to have 12 licensed German players under contract.

      1. I simply thought they were going by EU rules and structures. If not, then that was my mistake. I am only going by the rules. I know perhaps they should be changed.

        1. It’s a bit of a mix. Basically, the league has imposed the limit and this is the way it has agreed with the state to limit the numbers of visas it needs. So it’s a deal between them that’s related to the law but isn’t exactly because of it. It’s so clubs don’t try requesting lots of work permits for non EU nationals and have to go through the full application process, they just get a limited number that they can choose to fast-track.

          Serie B clubs aren’t allowed to sign any non EU/Schengen players, I don’t think.

  5. This would be good. I think they should do away with the restrictions on non-EU or European players and instead just establish minimum quotas for Italian players.

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