Football’s Latest Pointless Rule: The 25-Man Squad List


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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13 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    Great article, much better than the BBC’s pathetic attempts to look at the rule. It may look pointless now, but is it likely that this rule is only an initial one that might lead to a stricter rule in the future? Or is that wishful thinking?

  2. GT Chelsea says:

    Hey, where do i get the actual squads because when i go to Wikipedia, the show arsenal having like 26 and Manchester city having 37 I just want to know where you are getting your numbers from

  3. Rob says:

    The actual 25 man squads? I don’t know, technically, they don’t have to name them until Friday (I think).

    As for where I got my number from – old fashioned research, trawling through each club’s website for dates of birth, nationality, etc, and various sources for dates they were signed (for the developmental rule), ranging from club sites, reference books, searching news sites, etc.

  4. GT Chelsea says:

    another thing do under 21 players not count towards the 25 man roster

  5. Rob says:

    No, they can have as many Under 21 players as they want, as well as the 25 man roster.

  6. Duude says:

    How does this relate to Welsh players? Or to Cardiff – if it got promoted? Does it mean born in England, or born in the UK?

    Because it could irreckably damage both Welsh-born players and most definitely Welsh clubs playing in the English league. They’ll have a nightmare trying to sign eight decent Welsh players.

    p.s. I’m English born who routes for Welsh teams through having lived there once! I’ll never forget the 2-1 game against Italy!

  7. LOuis says:

    The teams only have to nae their squads at end August.

  8. GT Chelsea says:

    So that means already world class players such as Mario Balotelli, Pedro, and Alexandre Pato can be in a squad without having to worry to make the cut

  9. Rob says:

    @Duude – It relates to players registered to English or Welsh clubs for at least three years before their 21st birthday, so Cardiff or Swansea would be fine.

  10. Pam says:

    The powers that be should stop meddling.The footall associations are made up of know nothing, half wit old men who are desperate to justify their own exitences by coming up with very pointless, cvery ounter productive rules. This is all for England, is it, and international football. Well international football is pants compared to the premiership and the champions league. They play too many internationals as it is and England are especially boring. And all for a bunch of people wo only follow football during the World Cup but want to monopolise the agenda and dictate to clubs about who to employ and when and for what purpose. All so as we might see a modest improvement in a team that plays two mini tournaments every four years and then a bunch of meaningless friendlies and mismatched qualifiers.

  11. Jonathan says:

    Bit confused. You say it affects no one. Then Liverpool announce a 21 man squad. And Villa announce a 22 man squad that included 4 who are in reality still youths but just over the age limit. Probably there is more to come. Where did you get you figures from?

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