It’s more logical now: after a series of harsh criticisms, the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) has amended the rule on home-grown players
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In the middle of the 2023/24 season, the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) has decided to change or amend the rule regarding home-grown players. The umbrella organisation has adopted the following as of the start of the current competition year: each competition of the Telemach First League must start at least one player who is eligible to play for the Slovenian national under-21 team, and at least eight home-grown players must be on the roster for each match. All well and good, but the rule has raised a lot of dust, primarily because it is vague or unclear.
That is why the NHS has amended the rules to clarify: “A home-grown player is a player who was among the 15. at the age of 15 years or at the start of the season in which he/she reaches the age of 15 years, and 21. on or before the end of the season in which he or she reaches the age of 21, and regardless of his or her nationality and age, has been registered continuously or intermittently for a period of at least three competition seasons or 36 months with his or her current club (a “club-trained” player) or another Slovenian club (an “association-trained” player). Players who, on the day of the match, due to their youth, cannot yet meet the 36 months from the start of the season when they turned 15, are considered to meet the home-grown (AAT) condition if they have been registered with Slovenian clubs for the entire (continuous) period since the season when they turned 15.”
The main change therefore concerns the number of months. The new requirement of 36 months from the start of the season, when the player reaches the age of 15, is no longer necessary or, if we may say so, is conditional.
“The purpose of the adopted rule, as is clear from the explanations of the adopted decisions, is to systematically and strategically develop young players in professional clubs, to ensure their quality development and their inclusion in the first teams of the member teams and, consequently, to promote their recognition at home and in the world. 2 The wording of the definition of “home-grown players” has not so far directly addressed the cases of players who, due to their youth, could not yet meet the 36 months requirement on the match day, and the NHS Executive Committee has therefore adopted a decision to amend the definition to allow such players to be exempted from the definition, or in this sense to be distinguished from players of a comparable age who have reached 15 years of age in the previous season, in line with the very purpose of the adopted rule,” they added at Brdo pri Kranju.
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