Fifa president Sepp Blatter is set to propose a rule limiting the number of foreign players in a starting line-up to five.
Blatter believes that having at least six players who are eligible to play for the national side would ‘motivate young athletes’.
He said: “By signing more and more foreign players, clubs have gradually lost their identity.
“In some cases all players hail from abroad or even from a different continent.”
Blatter’s proposal is expected to be discussed at Fifa’s upcoming congress in Sydney, although there remains little prospect of it being implemented due to European laws which currently forbid restrictions on the free movement of labour.