Serie A president confirms change to non-EU rules ahead of summer – the details

By Oliver Fisher -

Some important news has arrived from today’s meeting of the Federal Council regarding the rules for new signings in Serie A ahead of the summer transfer window.

As Gianluca Di Marzio reports, Lega president Lorenzo Casini spoke outside today’s Federal Council meeting and he confirmed that the rule relating to the registration of non-EU players has been changed.

The new changes to the regulations provide that each club can register two non-EU players without the restriction of one being a replacement. Up until and including this season it was possible to register two non-EU players, but one would have to replace a departing non-EU player.

This is an important turning point also for the transfer market strategies of clubs within the league who are now more free to think about bringing players in from outside of the EU.

“In the Council it was decided to adjust the number of non-EU citizens who can arrive in Italy every year. Previously there were 2, one of which was a replacement, from now there will always be 2 slots for non-EU citizens, but without any replacement restriction . I thank the AIC, which understood the teams’ needs and showed openness on this front,” Casini said.

It is important to note that the total quota does not change, meaning each club will still be able to register a maximum of two non-EU players. Selling a non-EU player does not free up a spot for a third new signing, in essence.

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    1. Its already explained in the article but ill try to help, Previously Serie A teams could bring in 2 non-eu players (england-africa-asia-south america etc) a season if they sold or released another non-eu player. Now they can buy two non-eu players a season without selling or releasing one.

      1. Thus diluting the opportunities for Italian born players.


        It’s like the global agenda is taking over supporting your own national players.

        1. I also have some reservations in regard of it as I do believe if the Italians wants to become the force they once were it wouldn’t hurt them putting an emphasis on developing more Italian homegrown players. When that is said and considering the recent abandonment of the growth decree tax benefits it might instead help in regard of getting some foreign young talents so in the end it seems a bit like a two edged sword to me because most likely it wont be the big expensive stars who will be brought in from abroad.

          1. Bayerns modern setup was to some extent inspired by milan of the past but yeah i dont mind us using some youngsters but we isnt dortmund either and bayern basically has had a monopoly on the bundesliga since the late 90ies minus some seasons here and there.

        2. Yeah, it’s mystifying. But then again, Italian clubs charge a premium to other Italian clubs whenever an Italian player shows a hint of talent. Meanwhile, you can get the same quality from abroad for half the price, both in terms of fees and salaries. This is what happens when you have a global market in which there are participants from wildly different economic circumstances.

          1. Exactly and how many Italian is flourishing outside of Italy. That’s how you know their players are mediocre. 2010 when was the last time am Italian was involved in a team winning UCL. How many of the are successful outside of Italy or top clubs wants. Dollaruma isn’t living up to expectations so did sirigu.

        3. Do you know how they would have more opportunities? Play better.
          Why would any club team give a damn about where somebody is from, their job is to win, not help the national team.

          1. Well if you wont bet on your own how can you even expect them to exceed, im not italian but ac milan is an italian club and mid to long term the team should have more italians in the team.

        4. It increase the competition level which is a good thing. You can’t make diamond without enough pressure. At the same time, it still pressure the club to train homegrown players as the squad requirement still in place.

          Besides, it is about non-EU, not non-Italian.

          1. quite like your phrasing here “You can’t make diamond without enough pressure” yeah iget it but still for example in england team was forced to use homegrown players because some teams was non english so why not in italy.

          2. Bad writing 😀 some teams previously didnt use any english players (arsenal comes to mind back in the days) and then the fa forced all teams to have a minimum of english players. Helps the local development and international teams.

  1. Those making claim that Italian won’t get a chance is a total BS. In other to develop young players the Federation has to address it not clubs. Clubs can barely build stadium let alone a proper youth set up. Look at the PL team like Volve, and a lot of the big 6 has more foreigners than home grown. Yet England national team is loaded with talent.

    1. True, the one protecting Italian players are the homegrown requirement. Non-EU rule is not intended to protect Italian players as the club can still freely but non-Italian players who are EU players.

  2. This rule made a little bit of sence before EU. Now it’s just nonsence to split players to those that are EU and not.

    If FIGC wants to boost Italian talent, then they should find another way. I mean they should support youth academies and youth competitions instead of making up some bs artificial restrictions that do not work anyway. But that’s anoither topic.

    1. So basically are uou saying everyone outside of eu should just be allowed to work in the eu ? this is a question that goes beyond the eu so if is the case then the suggestion is bonkers in my view.

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