Stoke City and Championship squads will have a 25-man limit in a new rule to be introduced by the EFL.
The Telegraph claims the EFL is bringing the second tier in line with the Premier League to try to ease the financial crisis gripping football, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and playing matches behind closed doors.
League One and League Two will have maximum squad sizes of 22 players – and it will be reduced to 20 in League Two in 2021/22.
It is reported: “The limits do not apply to cup competitions or include under-21s unless they were signed on loan…. It also includes a minimum number of eight players needing to be home grown.
“An agreement was reached at am meeting between the clubs while the Premier League comes under pressure to provide more support to the entire footballing pyramid as clubs face potential extinction post-Covid-19.”
Clubs in the Premier League have to register 25-man squads at the end of each transfer window and that is expected to be the same in the next three divisions.
Stoke have already sent Ryan Woods out on loan and are looking for new homes for fringe men and players who were out on loan last season.
Stoke City’s current squad (players aged over 21)
Jack Butland, Morgan Fox, Joe Allen, Liam Lindsay, Danny Batth, Tom Ince, Sam Vokes, Benik Afobe, James McClean, Tommy Smith, Bruno Martins Indi, Adam Davies, Ryan Shawcross, Lee Gregory, Sam Clucas, Jordan Cousins, Nick Powell, Jordan Thompson, James Chester, John Obi Mikel, Steven Fletcher, Peter Etebo, Badou Ndiaye, Kevin Wimmer, Moritz Bauer.
Players with first-team experience aged 21 and under
Joe Bursik, Tyrese Campbell, Nathan Collins, Tom Edwards, Will Forrester, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Blondy Nna Noukeu, Adam Porter, Lasse Sorensen, Harry Souttar, Josh Tymon, Thibaud Verlinden.