EPPP: The saviour of english football?

What is it?
■ The Elite Player Performance Plan is a Premier League initiative designed to ensure the country’s best young talent is developed by the best clubs and the best coaches

■ Academies are audited with factors including investment and coaching assessed and are subsequently categorised between one and four

■ Players can move from one academy to another for a fixed level of compensation

■ Under EPPP players will spend 10,000 hours training between the ages of nine and 21 – the same as Royal Ballet School pupils (see below)

£340m club spending on EPPP initiative development over four years

75 english Premier League starters on first day of the 2013-14 season

64% of football league clubs were in favour of EPPP at 2011 launch