OT: English Football Structure... Edjumacate me, please

CtldChaos
2076 posts Fans' Favourite
I need to be "edjumacated"....

This is my understanding, please feel free to correct it.

In US Soccer the age "bands" have a clear and fixed rule. Specifically, that a player can ONLY play UP. Meaning that a 9 year old can play "UP" on the 10 year old or 11 year old team, but cannot play "down" onto the 8 year old team. To my knowledge that extends throughout all of the strata in US Soccer.

How does it work in English football?

I ask because Koscielny, Age 33, is playing nearly full games with U21 and U23 squads...

http://www.espn.com/soccer/arsenal/story/3718637/arsenal-ease-laurent-koscielny-injury-setback-fears-as-first-team-return-nears

How does it work in English / European Football?

Comments

  • AFC_95
    8828 posts League Winner
    In England there is allowed to be three over 23s in am U23 squad. This helps for first teamers coming back after a long injury.
  • CtldChaos
    2076 posts Fans' Favourite
    AFC_95 wrote: »
    In England there is allowed to be three over 23s in am U23 squad. This helps for first teamers coming back after a long injury.

    Interesting.... how does it work at the lower age levels?
  • AFC_95
    8828 posts League Winner
    CtldChaos wrote: »
    AFC_95 wrote: »
    In England there is allowed to be three over 23s in am U23 squad. This helps for first teamers coming back after a long injury.

    Interesting.... how does it work at the lower age levels?

    It's not allowed. Only U23, if I'm not mistaken. Lower ages you have to be the age or younger.
  • Alex_cr
    5113 posts Big Money Move
    Yeah basically U23 replaced our reserve leagues. The over age rule was really designed to allow injured players returning to play at a decent level.

    It is the only age group this applied to.
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