Carrying on the hot topic about foreign players in the FA WSL, I have split the foreign players in 3 different categories :
A) Neighbours : Irish, Northen Irish, Scottish and Welsh, those have been around playing women’s footie in England for years.
So not a real foreign invasion as far as I am concern. Some of those are actually English but play for a different country…
B) EU/EEA players, not many of them were around before the FA WSL started.
C) Non EU/EEA again they were a few around but not many before the FA WSL started
2011 A 30 B 2 C 3= 35
2012 A 35 B 2 C 7 =44 Y/Y 16% increase for A, stable for B, 133% increase for C
2013 A 35 B 8 C 6 =49 Y/Y stable for A, 400% increase for B, 15% decrease for C
2014 A 22 B 9 C 11 = 42 Y/Y 37% decrease for A, 12% increase for B, 83% increase for C
From year 1 to year 4
Group A has gone down to 26% less neighbours are coming to the FA WSL 1 ( although there are 19 of them in FA WSL 2 )
Group B has gone up 450%
Group C has gone up 366%
It does make sense for the FA to have implemented the 50% of the squad must be homegrown rule in 2014. Homegrown being registered for 36 months prior to the 21st Birthday.