The European Club Forum holds another plenary meeting at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday and Friday. Proposed measures to encourage the fostering of homegrown players and release of players for national teams are among the items on the agenda.
Dialogue and consultation
Representatives of UEFA and the clubs will gather for two days of discussions aimed at strengthening a relationship established in the summer of 2002, with the objective of improving dialogue and consultation between European football's governing body and its clubs for the overall benefit of the club game.
The forum comprises 102 clubs and has an eleven-member board, which serves as the regular liaison body with UEFA and provides several members to the UEFA Club Competitions Committee. It discusses a wide range of matters, including competition formats, marketing and rights strategies, and developments and partnership opportunities within the field of new communications.
Discussions this week will focus on recent proposals designed to encourage the training of local, homegrown players. UEFA is at the vanguard of the debate about possible ways of enabling homegrown players to have regular action in club first teams without violating European Union legislation on, for example, freedom of movement between different countries.
In July, the European body issued proposals for the inclusion of a minimum number of at least seven or eight homegrown players out of the 18 players on match sheets, and a limitation on the number of players in club squads to 25. The proposals are now being put to all major sporting, commercial and political stakeholders in European football. In addition, delegates will look at the issue of clubs releasing players for duty with their national teams, as well as the FIFA World Club Championship.
Thirty-one clubs are new members of the European Club Forum for the period from 2004-06 and elections will take place in Nyon for the eleven members of the European Club Forum Board. UEFA said on Monday that there were 28 candidates for the eleven positions, including that of chairman. The present chairman is former Germany striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The meeting will be followed by a press conference on Friday at approximately 15.15CET. Media wishing to attend the press conference are kindly asked to inform UEFA Media Services by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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