MOSCOW, July 31. /TASS/. Cooperation between Russian Football Union (RFU) and German Football Association (DFB) in the sphere of youth football does not mean the ‘6+5’ limit on foreign players allowed to play in Russian football clubs will be cancelled, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.
On July 14, RFU’s Executive Committee voted for the ‘6 +5’ limit on the foreign players allowed to play in Russian football clubs. Thus, the previous quota was cancelled that set the limit for foreign players allowed to be submitted by football clubs before each playing season at a formula of 10 foreigners plus 15 Russian players (10+15).
"The program of cooperation with Germans does not mean that we will copy their format and cancel the [‘6+5’] limit. It [the limit] will become tougher as we will have more strong players," Mutko said.
"We will get assistance in preparing coaches and methods. Youth football will be rising. At some stage, we will return to regional centers of sports training. The centers will get stars [status] proceeding from the opportunities and level of training that they provide. State grants will be allocated to such centers," the sports minister added.
Mutko said that all talented children will be awarded with scholarships from RFU. "Our task is not to miss talents. We are very wasteful. We have so many children, and we treat them carelessly. Our task is to step up stimulating factors for preparing children for national teams," Mutko stressed,
On Friday, Russia’s Sports Ministry, Russian Football Union (RFU), German Football Association (DFB) and Adidas Group have signed a four-party agreement on cooperation on Friday.
The new agreement was announced at a press conference with Russian Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh, RFU acting president Nikita Simonyan, DFB General Secretary Helmut Sandrock and Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer.
It was also announced that a new joint program will be launched on training young footballers on the basis of experience and methods used by DFB.