League Ring Changes for the New Season

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THE new Football League season is now well underway.

Fans may, however, have been surprised by a number of rule changes that will affect their club, either directly or indirectly.

The changes are having an effect both on and off the pitch following decisions made by club representatives at the Footbal League's annual general meeting and subsequent extraordinary general meeting.

The changes are as follows: 1. Financial fair play FOOTBALL League clubs have agreed to adopt UEFA's Financial Fair Play framework. This will see clubs in League One and League Two operating the salary cost management protocol (SCMP), which has been in use in the latter division since 2002/03.

The SCMP limits spending on total player wages to a proportion of each club's turnover.

Now League Two clubs have reduced the permitted base spending threshold to 55% of turnover from the previous 60% with sanctions applying (in the form of transfer embargoes).

For League One clubs it will be a transitional season with clubs setting a 75% of turnover target for player salaries but with no sanctions being applicable. This threshold will reduce to 65% in 2012/13 and 60% in 2013/14 with sanctions applying in both seasons.

Championship clubs are currently engaged in discussions about a new break-even financial model for The League's flagship competition. 2. Home-grown players THE threshold of home grown players that clubs must include in their matchday squad has increased to six out of 16 (from four out of 18).

To qualify as home grown, players must have played in the domestic system for at least three seasons prior to their 21st birthday (or end of season in which the player turns 21).

This rule change is designed to ensure that there are first team opportunities available to domestically produced playing talent.

3. Transfer levy THE Football League has introduced a new 1% levy on transfer spending with all monies raised being used to fund the development of young players at Football League clubs.

It is anticipated that the new levy will raise approximately pounds 600,000 per season. …