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21 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton will select a 25-man squad for Albion's Premier League season.

Brighton & Hove Albion will have to name a 25-man squad ahead of the upcoming season, as they adhere to Premier League rules that were introduced in 2010.

After gaining promotion to England’s top flight last season, there are a number of factors that the Seagulls must take into account, as Chris Hughton’s playing squad takes shape over the summer months.

Albion’s 2017/18 Premier League squad - made up of 25 players - must be named within a few days of the transfer window closing on Thursday 31st August - which is just under three weeks into the season.

That squad cannot be amended until the January transfer window opens in 2018, when Hughton may choose to add or remove players from his 25-man squad for the remainder of the season.

In the event of a goalkeeper injury crisis outside of the transfer windows, there is an ‘exceptional circumstances’ provision which enable clubs to make changes in that position.

Players that do not make the 25-man squad are entitled to feature for the club in domestic cup competitions, but must wait until the second transfer window to be considered for Premier League inclusion.

However, the Seagulls can include an unlimited number of under-21 players in their matchday squads throughout the season - as the league encourages teams to develop young talent.

No more than 17 players registered for Albion’s squad can be designated as ‘foreign’, with at least eight players having to be classed as ‘homegrown’.

A homegrown player is categorised as being a player who has been registered with any club affiliated to the FA or Welsh FA for a period, continuous or not, of three seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday - or the end of the season during which they turn 21.

This rule applies regardless of nationality, meaning a player does not have to be English/Welsh to be classed as a homegrown player, while also not having to be developed through the academy of their current club.

Any players from Albion’s 25-man squad that are sent out on loan to Football League clubs during the season cannot be replaced, however they can regain their position on their return.

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