Football authorities have agreed a plan of entry requirements for overseas players with the Government under the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit system.

The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League submitted a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) proposal last month, which has now been approved by The Home Office.

The criteria will provide the framework for clubs to sign overseas players when the UK leaves the European Union after December 31.

Post Brexit, players from EU countries will be required to gain a GBE, like the work-permit system for other overseas players.

The GBE will operate a points system based on senior and youth international appearances, club appearances and the quality of the selling club and its league.

Players accumulating the requisite amount of points will earn a GBE automatically, while players just below the threshold may be considered for a GBE by an Exceptions Panel.

The UK’s exit from the EU will also mean that clubs will not be able to sign players from overseas until they are 18.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “Continuing to be able to recruit the best players will see the Premier League remain competitive and compelling and the solution will complement our player development philosophy of the best foreign talent alongside the best homegrown players.”