Emory International Law Review


Fraser Goodlad


Global talent is crucial to the economic behemoth that is the English Premier League (EPL). Having left the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and the EPL are at a crossroads. The UK could implement immigration laws that represent “openness,” or a more insular path to protect English soccer players. Switzerland provides an example of a state outside the EU that maintains an immigration system similar to that of the UK prior to Brexit. Russia provides an example of a state that has wholly different and far more distant relationship with the EU. To safeguard the EPL’s position as the most dominant domestic soccer league in the world, the UK should look to Switzerland’s approach to immigration with regard to soccer players.