From the coming season, youth players can be used in German professional football at the age of 16. The German Football League (DFL) made this decision according to SID information. The “kicker” and the “Bild” newspaper had previously reported on the decision. Hopeful talents like Youssoufa Moukoko from Borussia Dortmund can take the early step into the Bundesliga or the 2nd division. The BVB talent can already appear in November – if it is played again.
At the request of Borussia, the previous provisions in the “Player Licensing Regulations” (LOS) were changed. Previously, BVB had always emphasized that it was not about a “Lex Moukoko”. Rather, according to youth coordinator Lars Ricken, a “major competitive disadvantage compared to other leagues and international competitions” should be eliminated, “because we are not allowed to use very young players with exceptional talent in Germany in the professional team.”
Impressive goal rate in the A-Youth Bundesliga West
Moukoko is considered the greatest talent in German football. The attacker, who is celebrating his 16th birthday on November 20, had recently broken a goal record: In the A-Youth Bundesliga Relay West, he scored his season goals 33 and 34 against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. He solved Haluk Türkeri ( 2004/2005 for VfL Bochum) and Johannes Eggestein (2015/2016 for SV Werder Bremen), who had scored 33 goals. Moukoko had already attracted attention in the previous years with impressive goal numbers. Now he can appear in the Bundesliga from November.
By lowering the age limit, the DFL followed the example of the other top European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, France). So far, the German-Turkish Nuri Sahin has emerged as the youngest player in Bundesliga history for Dortmund. The now 31-year-old, who has been with Werder Bremen since 2018, was exactly 16 years and 335 days old when he made his debut in August 2005. At that time, he benefited from an exception.