Of course, it is impossible to fully understand English football’s work permit regulations without first understanding the natural conflict that exists between The FA and the Premier League.
The FA is primarily focused on ensuring England’s success at the international level, and therefore, it has a vested interest in ensuring that English players have the opportunity to develop and thrive in the Premier League, so as to enhance the prospects of international success for the men’s national team.
In recent years alone, hundreds of young talented players have joined English academies under this exception.
Losing this exception (which will happen if the UK does not become a member of the EEA or sign a bilateral agreement with the EU on the free movement of workers, as Switzerland has) will effectively give European clubs with similar financial and scouting resources an additional two-year window for which to scout, recruit and sign the best young players in Europe, as well as those players from South America and elsewhere that have dual citizenship in an EU/EEA country.
However, the Prime Minister has since said that the points based system will not work for EU/EEA nationals and is not an option.