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Friday, July 20, 2012

Premier league work permit - non-EU ranking

I've heard a lot of people talking about the the work permit rules.

I took a look at the average rankings for this transfer window, the number of competitive matches in the last two years and the number of players each country had in the English Premier League last season - non-EU (European Union) countries only.



There will be good news for Zambia after August 8th, as their average over the last 2 years will place the 2012 AFCON winners in the top 70. They've had no player in the Premier League last season.

Countries that would qualify based on the average FIFA ranking (as of 11 August 2012) with no players in the last season of the Premier League:

Peru, Ukraine, Iran, Venezuela, Tunisia, Gabon, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Panama, Armenia, Libya, Guinea, Albania and Zambia.

While I don't have the time for this, someone could even come up with a list of players that would qualify for a work permit. It's quite easy for Ukraine (3 competitive matches in the last two years), Brazil (4) and Gabon (6).

Order of columns:

Country
Average ranking over the last two years (as of 11 August 2012)
Number of players in the last EPL season
Number of competitive matches in the last two years


Brazil 5.42 11 4
Uruguay 5.58 2 11
Argentina 7.58 11 9
Croatia 9.08 5 15
Russia 13.67 2 13
Chile 13.96 3 10
Côte d'Ivoire 18.04 8 14
Norway 18.08 3 8
Switzerland 21.42 4 8
Australia 21.83 6 14
Japan 21.92 1 15
Mexico 22.42 2 11
Ghana 24.42 3 14
Paraguay 24.67 1 11
Serbia 25.42 5 10
USA 27 7 7
Turkey 28.67 1 12
Korea Republic 32.63 4 14
Egypt 34.21 1 10
Bosnia-Herzegovina 35.29 2 12
Montenegro 35.96 2 10
Colombia 37.21 1 9
Algeria 38.92 1 10
Peru 43.67 0 11
Ukraine 44.54 0 3
Nigeria 44.71 8 10
Israel 47.42 1 10
Cameroon 50.46 5 10
Ecuador 50.5 1 8
Iran 50.83 0 14
Venezuela 51.25 0 12
Tunisia 52.71 0 13
Honduras 53.42 2 11
South Africa 53.96 1 8
Gabon 54.21 0 6
Belarus 55 0 10
Burkina Faso 55.83 0 9
Jamaica 56.33 3 9
Panama 57.08 0 15
Armenia 57.25 0 10
Senegal 59.42 5 11
Costa Rica 59.92 1 13
Mali 62.21 2 14
Libya 62.25 0 11
Guinea 64.79 0 11
Morocco 67.92 2 11
Albania 68.96 0 10
Zambia 69.17 0 14

4 comments:

  1. I never knew about the two year average thing. I did know about the 70th minimum and that players had to have a featured role in their national team. I know you can also petition if there are extenuating circumstances, but no idea how successful such things are. I wonder if a list is kept anywhere of the 2 year rankings? You have provided one, but otherwise, clubs need to know who they can sign when the window opens.

    It's definately something I'd be wanting my eye on if I was a club manager, there are some useful players at some of these lesser teams that would be great for a non-Premier League side to snap up who could come in and make an impact if they were snapped up. Off the radar players.

    I wouldn't mind checking out some of Panama's players, I think some of them would fit in well in the English lower leagues. I'd be looking to raid the rising Panama national team if I was such a manager.

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  2. Ah, I see after further reading of the linked article it does say the website provides monthly lists of countries which make the grade which can be downloaded.

    I can't find it though.

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  3. Croatia had 5 players that played in the EPL last season. Not 4.

    Niko Kranjcar
    Ivan Klasnic
    Vedran Corluka
    Nikica Jelavic
    Luka Modric

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    1. Thanks, Corluka's name wasn't bolded in the Wiki article. Fixed it myself.

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