06 Jun, 2022

Brexitball: Exporting Young Talent

06 Jun, 2022

Andy Watson looks at the impact of Brexit on young British outgoing talents in this Brexitball piece. Throughout this Brexitball series, we have focused on the talent which is being imported into the UK. However, the Brexit border regulations function in both directions. In this piece, we will turn...

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25 May, 2022

Brexitball: How Should WSL and Championship Clubs Handle GBE?

25 May, 2022

Andy Watson takes a look at the way that WSL and Championship clubs should respond to the GBE regulations post-Brexit. Our last article brought to light the Governing Body Exemption (GBE) regulations for the women’s game in England. As always, whenever new legislation is brought into effect, there is...

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20 Apr, 2022

Brexitball: The Women’s Game

20 Apr, 2022

Andy Watson takes a look at how the GBE regulations impact on the women’s game. All too often when legislation is enacted which affects sport, the focus is only on the perceived impact on the men’s game. But the imposition by the Home Office and English Football Association of...

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06 Apr, 2022

Brexitball: What About the Coaching Staff?

06 Apr, 2022

Andy Watson delves into the GBE regulations for non-playing staff in a post-Brexit landscape. It’s that time of year when football clubs might be feeling a little nervous about their head coaches. Either expectations have been dashed and a re-think is required, your manager’s contract is up for renewal...

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22 Feb, 2022

Brexitball: The January Window Reviewed

22 Feb, 2022

Andy Watson looks back at the January transfer window just gone to see what it can teach us about the post-Brexit market. The January 2022 transfer window was the third window in which the new GBE regulations applied.  In previous articles in this series, we have looked backwards to...

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11 Feb, 2022

Brexitball: Shopping Outside Bands 1-3

11 Feb, 2022

Andy Watson delves into the markets outside the top bands of the GBE regulations to see if there is any value in shopping there. The previous articles in this series have focused on how to recruit players within Bands 1 to 3 of the Government Body Endorsement regulations that...

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13 Jan, 2022

Brexitball: Football’s Scottish Devolution?

13 Jan, 2022

Andy Watson takes a look at an interesting development that is taking place in Scotland this window. In recent weeks, there have been some interesting recruitment manoeuvres taking place north of the border.  Celtic hit the headlines on New Year’s Eve with a three-pronged assault on the Japanese market....

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03 Dec, 2021

Brexitball: Finding Value for English Clubs in the Top European Leagues

03 Dec, 2021

Andy Watson digs into the transfer data to mine insights into how to spend wisely within a Government Body Endorsement landscape. In the most recent Brexitball article, I explored the landscape shaped by the UK Government Body Endorsement (GBE) regulations and looked at where value could be found within...

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11 Nov, 2021

Brexitball: How To Shop Well Under GBE Regulations (Bands 1-3)

11 Nov, 2021

Andy Watson continues his series exploring the impact of Government Body Endorsement (GBE) regulations on the football market in the UK. You can read the first piece in the series here. At the recent Statsbomb Conference in Stamford Bridge, the conference organisers convened a panel of Directors of Football...

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05 Oct, 2021

Brexitball: The Effects of GBE Restrictions on the English Football Market

05 Oct, 2021

Andy Watson takes a look at the last two transfer windows in England to see what we can learn about the impact of new Brexit regulations on football in the UK. It is no great revelation to say that the transfer market in the UK is in a state...

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