Football League votes for homegrown quotas

England's Football League, which governs the three divisions below the Premier League, has voted to introduce a rule giving players groomed by their clubs greater chances of first team action.

The "homegrown players" rule, which will come into effect next season, says at least four of a team's 16-man match day squad must have been registered with an English club for a minimum of three years prior to their 21st birthday.

The rule does not include a restriction on a player's nationality.