- Jan 1, 2008
Much obligedAll correct. To be precise about it, Illing-Junior would become Association trained in January 2025 if he joined in Jan 2024.
He's had 2 full seasons from the season in which he turned 15 (2018/19) to when he left Chelsea at the end of the season he turned 16 (2019/20)
He'd then have had another two half seasons at Tottenham over the next 12 months, and you're correct all of next season (when he turns 21) is applicable.
So he could even join in the summer and become Association trained 6 months later in June 2025.
But he won't be immediately association trained in August 2024, which obviously isn't the end of the world.
He'd be U21 eligible in the PL squad but not the UEFA squad in that brief time (fingers crossed if we qualify).
An "association-trained player" is a player who, between the age of 15 (or the start of the season during which the player turns 15) and 21 (or the end of the season during which the player turns 21), and irrespective of his nationality and age, has been registered with a club or with other clubs affiliated to the same association as that of his current club for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons (i.e. a period starting with the first official match of the relevant national championship and ending with the last official match of that relevant national championship) or of 36 months. In the context of this paragraph, the season immediately preceding a player’s 15th birthday may be counted if his birthday is after the last match of the relevant national championship but before or on 30 June (winter championships) or 31 December (summer championships), and the season immediately following his 21st birthday may be counted if his birthday is on or after 1 July (winter championships) or 1 January (summer championships) but before the first match of the relevant national championship.