Talks to extend the English Football League to five divisions, comprising of 100 teams have been scrapped, after discussions broke down between the English Football League and the Football Association.

The plans, originally agreed in principle by the Premier League and FA, aimed to create an extra division between the current League Two and the National League, in an effort to remove fixture congestion and prioritise weekend games.

However the Football Association decided against the restructure which would have seen future FA cup ties contested mid-week, following the signing of a new international broadcasting deal reportedly worth over £820m.  

“If the weekend slots are not available, then there is simply no way we can meet the financial conditions as outlined at the very outset.” said EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey.

“The stance the FA has adopted has brought the discussions to a premature end, before fully understanding what the financial outcome from the creation of a new distribution model could be”.

The changes would have had huge implications throughout the non-league pyramid as the extra six teams needed to organise the proposal would have likely came from the National League.

The proposal intended to scrap League 2’s current relegation spots in the 2018/19 season with an extra four clubs, alongside the two already promoted, advancing to the English Football League.

One of the major objectives proposed through the change would have been the reduction of mid-week trips – an issue that has blighted the support of non-league followers. 

Article: James Bell (@jamescb90)

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