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Greg Dyke proposes radical restructuring of English football in FA Commission's reportFA chairman proposes new system which would effectively lead to feeder clubs and B teams playing in League football in order to increase number of English players in the top flight

 

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Luke Shaw is one of the few young English players who has broken through to play regular Premier League football in recent seasons Photo: PA
 

1:59PM BST 08 May 2014

 
 

Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, has set a target of increasing the number of English players playing regularly in the Premier League from 66 to 90 by 2022. To achieve that aim, Dyke has controversially drawn up proposals in his England Commission report released today that will totally change the structure of English football.

Dyke has proposed SLPs, Strategic Loan Partnerships, a new system which would effectively lead to feeder clubs by allowing wealthy clubs to place eight players in two clubs in League One or Two. The lower-league clubs would have the bitter pill sugar-coated by financial recompense from the Premier League and FA. Dyke also wants B teams in a new League 3 between League 2 and the Conference, a move that will change the historic structure of the 92-strong professional league and affect its sporting integrity.

More constructively, Dyke has backed the greater use of 3G pitches and campaigned for no non-EU players to be allowed work permits for the Football League. What Dyke calls "bold measures" will, he believes, "have a very good chance of reversing the decline in the English game for English players". He added: "The tanker that is English football needs turning if we are to reverse the trend".

 

Dyke said there were four major issues inhibiting the development "of elite English players". He found "there are inadequate and insufficient competitive playing opportunities for 18-21 year old elite players at top clubs in England" and the "regulation of the English player market is not effective in preserving desired balance of British, EU and non-EU players in clubs".

 

Dyke established that "coaching and coach development, in clubs and at grassroots, have not yet reached a satisfactory level and impact" and "England lags behind in the quantity and quality of affordable grassroots facilities. This is particularly true in the area of all-weather pitches". The FA is already on record as saying that Wembley may become 3G. Dyke has commissioned "further work on coaching and grassroots" which will report back in the autumn with solutions on how to "tackle the grave issues identified in these areas".

 

Dyke has the support of influential people within the game who have read the Commission’s proposals and back them fully, people like Ian Ayre at Liverpool, Ed Woodward at Manchester United as well as officials at Manchester City, Spurs and Stoke. Roy Hodgson, who was one of the Commission’s members, backed "the findings and recommendations".

 

Dyke consulted 650 people and was advised on the Commission by Hodgson, Rio Ferdinand, Glenn Hoddle, Danny Mills, Howard Wilkinson, Ritchie Humphreys, Greg Clarke, Dario Gradi and Roger Burden.

The Commission attacked the number of foreigners in Premier League squads. "We propose the maximum number of non-Home Grown Players allowed in a Premier League squad should be reduced over five years from 17 to 12".

The B team plan will encounter inevitable resistance. "Across most of Europe, B teams provide the crucial first stage of an effective bridge between the academy and the first team," argued Dyke. He claimed that "many of the top clubs" would like to have B teams playing in the "lower divisions of the Football League but under their direct control and supervision".

 

The Commission proposed "the creation of a new League Three in the Football League" but B teams, containing an average of 15 English players, "would not be able to rise above League One or play in the FA Cup". The idea is for young English players to get competitive action, toughening the players up, but there is an issue of whether the quality of football would be good enough to accentuate their development.

The Commission also proposes the establishment of a Strategic Loan Partnership (SLP) between clubs to run alongside existing loan arrangements. Under SLP regulations, the lending club would have more say on how much the loanee played.

 

The 15 lower league clubs estimated to take on SLPs, and who will have their identities tempered, will be given money. "We believe a transfer of funding from the top clubs to those in the lower leagues would be appropriate as a counter-balance for the radical change proposed to their structure," said Dyke.

Football League clubs will fear that SLP is feeder clubs by other name. Premier League and Championship clubs can loan up to eight players to two clubs in League One or Two "although only five could be on the team sheet at any one time".

 

Not before time, the FA has tackled the work visa system GBE (Governing Body Endorsement). "122 non-EU players have entered England under the GBE scheme since 2009," said Dyke. "Nearly 50 per cent didn’t meet the current criteria and came through an appeal process in which 79 per cent of appellants have been successful". Almost a fifth went into the Football League so were clearly not "highest level".

Dyke added: "Remarkably, only 58 per cent given work visas to play in the Premier League play any football in that league in the second season after their arrival". Many of those interviewed by the Commission "argued strongly to us that too many mediocre players are getting work visas".

 

One particularly radical measure is for "no players coming in on non-EU visas should be allowed to join clubs in any league in England other than the Premier League," according to Dyke. "Furthermore, no players on overseas visas should be allowed to be loaned to other clubs in England even if they are in the Premier League."

"Our proposal to tighten the entry and appeals criteria for non-EU player immigration will create a necessary constraint that will encourage more considered and valuable player acquisitions from outside the EU."

 

 

 

 

thoughts? seems like theres a big backlash about the B League.

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Disgusting.

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Lower league football culture >>>>>>>>>>> a couple more English players in the league.

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adrian durham got dyke on Talksport in the next hour

 

should be joke :lol:

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getting tougher on work permits :(

 

England don't have enough SA as it is

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adrian was fuming, dyke sounded drunk :lol:

 

the ideas are ludicrous tbh

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adrian was fuming, dyke sounded drunk :lol:

the ideas are ludicrous tbh

Have you read the full report?

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Not yet, only commenting on the b league, gonna read it specially for the loan ideas when i get home because i belive thats the route to go rather than b teams in the pyramid

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Hopefully the B teams will improve the quality of football in League 1 and League 2 but reducing foreign players I doubt it

 

Its not like Spain with mini Barces and Bibloas returning round in their lower divisions

 

You got pub guys who are going to just kick the shit out of the young players, good way to toughen them up though I suppose, whats the age limit proposed for the B teams?

 

I personally think it is a good idea

 

The amount of loanees we have sent out down there in recent years to play hoof ball or get dropped cuz they like to play football and not the results game

 

Least this way they can develop their game whilst playing competitive football

 

Good chances for young coaches too

 

A Man Utd could have Giggs managing the team like Pep did, so he can play good football and not worry about getting sacked while grooming players to come through with him when he makes the step up or a Gerrard for a Liverpool B team etc

 

If they do it properly which I doubt, would be very effective

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Yeah I beat all the lower league fans are right buzzing for Stoke B away

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well stoke B would eventually get relegated to a suitable division and then, yes, they would be, as they would be playing at their level. 

 

would be a better use of squad players than having them doing basically nothing. will read the full report for everything else, but I agree with having the B teams in divisions instead of having a separate reserves league. 

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semi pro/lower league football will suffer

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This is an american sports thing, every club has a farm team in the leagues below where they put fringe players and young players to gain pro experience.

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Absurd disgraceful idea

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One of the rejected ideas was to have an england u21 team playing in the championship :rofl:

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One of the rejected ideas was to have an england u21 team playing in the championship :rofl:

:lmao:

juiced

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One of the rejected ideas was to have an england u21 team playing in the championship :rofl:

 

lol how could that even work

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One of the rejected ideas was to have an england u21 team playing in the championship :rofl:

 

lol how could that even work

 

 

 

they would loan u21 players from prem teams for 1-2 seasons for the purpose of developing them

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One of the rejected ideas was to have an england u21 team playing in the championship :rofl:

:lmao:

juiced

 

 

pmsl

 

>>>>>>>>> FA

 

Probably Tim Sherwoods idea

 

Clueless

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It should work if done properly

Look what it did for the likes of

Pedro

Busquets

Soriano

Mata

Negredo

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Another nail in footballs coffin!

Absurd idea

The germans are voting to get rid of their current b teams

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Im all foe it as long as they dont get promoted beyond league 1.

english lower league history compared to spain and germany >>>>>>> .

its too rich to be fully dismantled

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It's very easy to say it's a not a good idea without then giving a better idea.

 

With that said it's a f*cking sh*t idea.

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it would make staying with Your parent club rather than constant loan moves more worthwhile, since You're playing in a real competitive league

 

it would make the reserve teams more worthwhile as they're pretty much wasted at the moment

 

what are the negatives?

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