The Premier League

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The numbers involved in The Premier League (PL) are impressive and the season once again demonstrated power of this industry, such as 13.6m supporters attending games, allowing the previous record of attendances to be beaten, with a 95,3% of stadium occupancy. “The Premier League has known the world over.... for its passion... as the atmosphere in the grounds... I will miss all of it” , said by Alex Ferguson. It was a season of innovation with the approval of Goal-Line Technology and the season of the implementation of Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) and the inaugural season of the U-21 and U-18 PL.

The EPPP was initiated in season 2012/2013 and was implemented in order to push-forward the development of Home Grown Players through the exposure of these athletes towards a competitive and interesting competition such as the Under-21 and Under-18 PL. The EPPP was developed and agreed by all partners: The PL and its clubs, the Football League (FL), the Football Association (FA) and other key stakeholders. It was created based on six principals, which were: “increase the number and quality of Home Grown players gaining professional contracts in the clubs and playing first-team football at the highest level, create more time for players to play and be coached, improve coaching provision, implement a system of effective measurement and quality assurance, positively influence strategic investment into the Academy System, seek to implement significant gains in every aspect of player development” .

With the EPPP, 340million pounds in funding will be spread out for four years with the commitment towards youth development across all four leagues. Competitions were created to replicate the PL in a youth elite environment and came ...

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