A League Three could create more problems for English football

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Under the proposed plans to reform the structure of the professional game in England, the new added “League Three” would increase the number of top divisions to five and would mean each league contained a lowered amount of 20 teams.

This drastic change could be introduced in the 2019/20 season, should 90% of the clubs agree to the plans.

Certainly on the face of it, football clubs lower down the pyramid of English football would surely benefit.


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This is the view of Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey who believes it is logical to fill the extra spaces with teams from the National League.

He also added that Premier League B teams could join in the lower divisions and there is the belief that this new structure could ease fixture congestion as mid-week matches would not be required.

Surely this change would boost revenue for many football clubs, right? Perhaps not in all instances.

This appears to be the view of Bradford City Chairman Mark Lawn who is sceptical of the proposals. He has questioned the need for the change and is concerned about the economic effects of playing fewer home matches.

He told Press Association Sport: "Why? What they don't understand is that currently we have 23 home games. We need the crowds. We don't get the money Championship clubs get.

"Losing four home games means we lose four incomes. It's not so bad for us but for teams like Accrington and York that's a lot of money. It's ridiculous."

In addition to the possible financial constraints, the lowered number of places for teams participating in each league can be perceived to result in increased competition in the divisions, meaning relegation could be a more likely prospect for the football clubs who cannot cope.

Moreover, the amount of teams currently in each division can be seen as satisfactory. In any case, many fans relish as many opportunities as possible to see their beloved team play. By lowering the number of games this could be argued to be limiting this. Consequently, this may mean tickets may have to be altered in price so fans do not feel like they are getting less for their money which could also lower revenue for clubs, at least in theory.

The final decision is a while away yet. The Football League will seek a decision from clubs in June 2017 with the outcome to be announced in November of the same year.

Does the league system really need updating or is this a move which could do more damage than good? Let us know in the comments below!

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