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According to the FA, work permit regulations needed fundamental reform, so now they can ensure that only the most talented non-EU players meet new criteria.
The aim of the reformed system is to allow only non-EEA (EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA) players who are ''internationally established at the higherst level'' and ''whose employmentwill make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level''
Until 2015, football players needed to have played in at least 75% of their country’s senior international matches over the previous two years to play in the UK. Eligibility for a GBE now depends on a national team’s FIFA ranking, as follows:
New work permit system
Required % of international matches over previous 24 months is determined by the player’s National Association’s official FIFA ranking:
FIFA 01-10: 30% and above
FIFA 11-20: 45% and above
FIFA 21-30: 60% and above
FIFA 31-50: 75% and above
Reference period reduced to 12 months for those players aged 21 or under at time of application.
Football players from top countries only need to have played 30% of international matches.
Football players from the lower ranked countries need to play a higher percenatge of international games, so there is more difficult to reach Premier League transfer due to the tightened access and qualification from the top 70 countries to the top 50.
source: The FA