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08-27-2012, 10:33 AM
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Stray Wasp
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The last time I looked, English clubs have either Youth Academies or Centres of Excellence in which promising local players can develop.

Nine is the lower age limit for admission, but clubs are permitted less intensive "development groups" for under nines.

At sixteen a player either receives a scholarship to remain with a club under the Youth Training Scheme, or is released. YTS players enter the under-18 squad and can be called up to the reserve team.

No player may sign a pro contract before their seventeenth birthday.

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