FA’s “B team” plan comes under fire from Southport FC

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The FA commission’s plan to create a new tier within the Football League for Premier League “B teams”, has come under fire from Southport FC and the Football League’s Chief executive.

Liverpool, Everton and both Manchester teams are among clubs that have shown enthusiasm for the proposal, according to Greg Dyke.

The proposal would see a new League Three being established in 2016-17, made up of 10 Premier League B teams and 10 Football Conference teams.

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Merseyside club, Southport FC, appose the view that it will be a success.

Haydn Preece, of Southport FC, said: “It would destroy the pyramid that has taken many years to achieve.

“There is no evidence to show that this would improve players.

“The whole thing doesn’t seem very thought-out and isn’t something we’d support.”

The B teams could be promoted and relegated between the four tiers; Leagues One, Two, Three and the Conference.

They wouldn’t be able play in the Championship however, they would be required to at least one division below the first team.

Not being included in domestic competitions such as the League Cup and FA Cup would also be a requirement for the B teams.

A cap of non-EU players has also been proposed. A further requirement of 19 of the 25-man squad would be home-grown players.

The Football League don’t see this as a promising development. Chief executive Shaun Harvey claims FA chairman Greg Dyke’s proposal “is not acceptable at the current time.”

Harvey said: “From its outset, The Football League has engaged with the FA chairman’s England Commission and encouraged our clubs to do the same.

“The League board met informally with Greg Dyke to listen to and question him on the rationale behind the proposals he has put forward for discussion by the wider game, and to consider the potential effect they would have on our competition and clubs.

“It is our view that the objective of increasing the number of quality English players is laudable.

“While the report may not contain a solution that is acceptable at the current time, we should continue to engage with the Commission to establish whether there is a solution that meets its stated objective but does not leave The Football League carrying a disproportionate or unreasonable burden.


The Commission’s report signals the beginning of a consultation process in which we will play a full and active part. This will include discussing all the relevant matters with our clubs, who will determine our ultimate position on these issues.”

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