I believe they have to be developed through your Academy program. They have a salary that wouldn't count against your Hard Cap - Omar Gonzales and Deandre Yedlin both are GA players I believe.
Falastur does it again! Thanks for clearing it up.Generation Adidas is a mechanism designed as to recognise that the US system of developing young players is not the way the rest of the world does it, and may in fact be slowing development down a bit. As players in the US system traditionally graduate to the professional game when they graduate from their college studies, this means that most young players only hit pro sports when they are 21 or so. In the rest of the world, however, there is no expectation that players should go through University first. This means that outside of America, young players are getting their first professional match experience two, three, even five or six years before an American would.
Generation Adidas was designed to plug that gap by offering a group of the most talented youngsters a change to skip college to get a fast-track into the drafts. Some GA players will come through club academies (though I think since GA players are put up for drafting, they have to be players released by their academy) or it might be players from outside the system or already half-way through college who are ready to step up. In exchange for skipping their studies, they get certain guarantees to protect their future careers if their professional football careers fail, such as future college scholarships and so on.
Aren't players 21-30 considered off-budget and actually don't count towards the cap?It does count towards the pay cap. However, players at this end of the scale tend to be paid a low enough wage that they don't cause headaches for the beancounters trying to make the budget work each season.
Every squad has 30 places (max). 20 are senior players, 10 are junior players. GA players are of course in the junior section. The first 4 junior players on the roster have the same league-required minimum salary as the senior players - $48,500/season. The last 6 junior players have a lower annual minimum wage, of $36k, so the six most junior players in the team in fact only cost the equivalent of 4.5 minimum wage senior players, thus encouraging teams to look for young talents to stock out their last squad places.
Yes, 21-30 are off budget and have set wages that dont count against the cap. Also, the first 20 count against the cap but spots 19 and 20 dont need to be filledAren't players 21-30 considered off-budget and actually don't count towards the cap?