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Chairman of English FA to stand down this summer

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LONDON (AP) The head of English football says he will not stand for re-election this year because of the “inevitable discord” that will be created as he attempts to push through reform programs.

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Greg Dyke will leave as chairman of the Football Association in July after three years in the position.

Dyke says in a statement Thursday that he is “probably not the best person to pick up the pieces” if his governance reform measures for English football are passed.

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Dyke said “whichever way the vote goes on reform, I think the FA will need more of a conciliatory figure than me to build on what has been achieved.”

He says English football is in a better place financially, administratively and from a coaching standpoint than before he took over in 2013.

England chairman Dyke says FA could consider bidding for 2026 World Cup

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England is still stung by the scandals over the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding, but still could join the competition to host the 2026 tournament.

At least that’s the statement from FA chairman Greg Dyke, who says the FA would need to know the government and populace backed the decision.

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Canada, Mexico and Columbia have all confirmed their interest in hosting the event, while Kazakhstan, Morocco and the United States are also said to be considering bids.

Here’s what Dyke said, hedging his words very carefully and calling England “badly scarred” by the FIFA scandal.

From the BBC:

“To make a bid you’ve got to get whoever is the government onside, and we don’t know who that is yet because they have to underwrite it.

“And certainly in the current government you wouldn’t have got them onside because they were so badly scarred last time.

“In the future if the government is onside, if David Gill says ‘I think this is a straight and fair process’ then obviously the FA board will look at it again but that doesn’t mean to say we’ll bid.

“Also, there’s a lot of money involved so if you haven’t got a chance don’t do it.”

“All of us would love to have another World Cup. We would love it. But there’s no point if you haven’t got a chance and you’ve got to recognise that early on.”

If England won the rights, it would be three-straight tournaments in Europe or Asia since Brazil 2014. But they can’t win the rights if they don’t bid. Do you think England “has the appetite” for another bid?

FA’s Greg Dyke reveals plans for stricter work permit restrictions

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“How many other Harry Kanes are around in the youth teams of Premier League clubs?”

That’s what FA chairman Greg Dyke is hoping to find out, and he’s got his wish. Thanks to a new rule outline revealed today, English clubs will have much stricter guidelines when it comes to foreign players coming to the league in a few years.

Dyke believes the sheer volume of foreign players coming to the Premier League is blocking the path of some English players and stunting their growth. “We believe too many talented English kids are currently not getting through the system and being lost,” Dyke said. He pointed to Harry Kane, Tottenham’s 21-year-old striker who came seemingly from nowhere and is suddenly one of the top scores in the league this year.

“It was almost by chance that Tim Sherwood became manager at Tottenham for a time and put him in the side,” Dyke pointed out. “Otherwise he would still be out on loan at Millwall or somewhere else.

So now, thanks to Kane’s success, Dyke has convinced the FA to run with his plan. The guidelines include:

  • “Homegrown players” must be registered with their club by age 15, a drop from the current required age of 18
  • The minimum required number of “homegrown players” on a 25-man roster will increase to 12, from the current minimum of eight.
  • The rules will introduce a requirement of two “club-trained” players – defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their current club from the age of 15.

There will also be a serious increase in the restrictions placed on work permits issued to non-European based players. As the BBC puts it, “Only the best non-EU foreign players will be granted permission to play in England, with the process for dealing with appeals to be tightened.”

Dyke said that while he isn’t trying to decrease the talent level of the league, he hopes to weed out the lower-level players eating up spots for English talent. As a result, many of the players currently in the league wouldn’t have been allowed to sign up. “If you apply the system we are just introducing over the last five years, a third of non-EU overseas players that have come here wouldn’t get in,” Dyke said. “We don’t want to stop the outstanding talent coming here, but there are an awful of bog-standard players as well.

He outlined a timeline that would slowly introduce the rules over the next few years, allowing teams time to thin their rosters to become compliant with the new guidelines.

“If we could get all this through, over the next three, four or five years, you could see the numbers of home-grown players going up from a percentage in the high 20s to 40%,” Dyke said. “It matters that this happens across the whole of English football, but it particularly matters to the top end of the Premier League.”

According to the Associated Press, the new rules would have prevented American players such as Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea from signing with Premier League clubs. Both men signed with Stoke City, with Cameron joining in 2012 and Shea coming to England a year later.

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants more technology in soccer, but no one’s listening to him

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English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is one of the leading men in calling for further use of technology to aid referees in world soccer, and he’s starting to get fed up with the shortsightedness of his colleagues who refuse to explore the idea.

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Dyke, who this week attended an International FA board meeting which also featured FIFA president Sepp Blatter, spoke out on Saturday and voiced his frustration over resistance from other top league officials from around the UK.

Dyke, from the Daily Mail:

“I was a bit disappointed that we havn’t got this any further. I’m a great fan of video technology. It seems to me that if there are means of helping referees, we should try them in trials and if they work, adopt them.”

“It’s no use waiting for a Frank Lampard-type incident which helped bring in goalline technology. We should get on the front foot. You don’t want to do it without trials and it should only be use to help referees, not over-rule them.”

“Are we going to look again at the rules? I don’t think so,’ said Dyke. ‘You can’t take a couple of incidents in one weekend and say the whole thing is in crisis. The stats don’t show that.

“Having said that, over a period of time we should be looking at the increased use of video technology. In 20 years’ time, we’ll look back and say ‘wasnt it quaint’ when we didn’t use it. I hope the trials in Holland continue.”

Dyke comes across not as someone who’s hellbent on doing things “his way or the highway,” but as a forward-thinking man willing to explore any and every avenue to improve the game within the country he’s tasked with running.  If it doesn’t work, then so be it, at least we tried.

Making sweeping changes overnight would unquestionably be the wrong route to travel, and Dyke seems to understand that better than most. Those that are unwilling to improve in order to advance themselves are bound to be left behind sooner rather than later. Dyke also understands this, and wants better for the English game.

Every league in the world should be exploring options — not implementing immediate changes — with regard to technological aids. If they’re not, they’ve not got their organization’s best interests in mind.

Report: FA to overhaul work permit rules to cut down on non-EU players

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A report in The Times has revealed that English FA chairman Greg Dyke plans to completely redo the rules on work permits for players from non-European Union countries.

The plans, the report states, would slash the amount of players in the Premier League from non-EU countries by a massive 50%, and would eliminate them from the lower leagues entirely.

Dyke would plan to, among other things, restrict visa applicants to those in the top 70 FIFA-ranked countries, and institute a minimum transfer fee (thought to be between $16-24 million) that would enable a player from any country to bypass the system and come through to a team.

He believes that the number of “mediocre” players from abroad is restricting young English talent from being developed properly, a potential cause of the downturn the country’s national team has taken.

Dyke revealed in May that of the 122 non-EU players who had come to England since 2009, 79% were denied upon first entry but were allowed in on the appeals process.

These new rules would seriously hinder the ability of a player from the United States to make his way over to the Premier League without dual citizenship of an EU country. With the current rules, we saw Stoke City fail in their attempts to bring young Juan Agudelo to England’s top flight, as the club believed he fit the criteria but they were unable to secure a work permit for him.

The report states Dyke is hopeful his new rules would be streamlined through to be implemented at the start of next season.  It’s unclear whether current players would be grandfathered in, or if they would have to reapply for a work permit.