EFL Futures is a new £2.25m financial incentive scheme that rewards EFL clubs for introducing young English players into their starting line-ups.
A sum of £750,000 per season is available to reward clubs who provide starting opportunities in EFL fixtures for home grown players under the age of 21 and who are eligible to play for England (or Wales for Cardiff and Newport).
EFL Futures therefore provides clubs with a direct cash boost to help them to develop more young players within the EFL, while also giving clubs the opportunity to reduce squad wage costs and increase the potential for transfer fee generation as fees are generally higher for young players who are sold with first team experience.
The campaign is central to the EFL’s ambition to create opportunities for young players and represents a collective commitment between clubs, representative bodies and commercial partners to improve opportunities for home grown players.
EFL Futures was launched in Central London in December 2016 by EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, Reading and England U21 midfielder John Swift, Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson, Colchester midfielder Tom Lapslie, Bryan Bull (Academy Manager, Schoolboy Development) and Walsall Chief Executive Stefan Gamble.