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EFL rule out B Teams and Old Firm clubs being part of Whole Game Solution


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EFL clubs have ruled out the potential of Premier League B teams as well as Celtic and Rangers entering the EFL as part of the Whole Game Solution.

One of the major areas of the Whole Game Solution was to increase the amount of EFL clubs from 72 to 80 clubs. If this was to happen then it would result in 8 new clubs being added to a new 4 tier system with each division having 20 team. The result of the meeting means that if the plans for the new structures are passed then the new teams will come from the National League.

It is likely that clubs will take a vote on the final proposals during the EFL annual general meeting in June 2017. Other potential proposals that will be discussed will be regionalising the bottom divisions and the introduction of a winter break.

The feedback from clubs in League One and Two suggest that if the winter break was introduced then they would want to continue to play through it.

On the process ,EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “At the very outset of this process it was made clear that any decisions in respect of the future direction of the Whole Game Solution would be taken by clubs themselves and our announcement today comes as a result of their valued input. I am extremely grateful for their candour and support during the first part of this consultation that will ultimately help shape a final proposal for voting on in June next year.

“The logical place for many was to source the additional teams for League Three from the National League but we felt it important that the debate was introduced at an early stage and an opportunity was provided for all Club owners’ and executives’ to voice any opinions and, where applicable, table concerns. We will now continue our consultation with the National League with a little more certainty as to what any change could mean for them. These conversations will include the FA in their capacity as the Governing Body not a competition organiser.

Harvey stated that "some work with fan groups and other stakeholders to ensure that those people who are invested in the future our game are given an opportunity to register their views.” This should be good news for football fans who have criticised the EFL and clubs for not consulting with them over the recent addition of u23's into the Checkatrade Trophy.

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