Premier League clubs have agreed, in principle, to support a quota system for home-grown players.
Proposals for developing domestic talent will be discussed further by clubs next month and a new system could be introduced for the 2010/11 season.
The most likely outcome is that the Premier League will adopt the rules the Football League will use next season.
From August, Football League clubs will have to name at least four home-grown players in their match-day squad.<!-- E SF -->
In this system any player who has been registered domestically for at least three years before their 21st birthday is classed as home grown, so for example Cesc Fabregas would be a 'home-grown' Arsenal player.