Premier League and Football League oppose FA B team proposal

Wembley England

Senior figures in the Premier League and Football League are planning to oppose FA chairman Greg Dyke's B team proposal.

Dyke wants to introduce a new division comprising of Premier League and Championship teams, wedged in between the Football League and the Conference. The B teams could be promoted and relegated, but could not rise above League One.

Dyke presented his proposal to the Football Association governing body on Wednesday, in the hopes of improving the standard of play experienced by young English players - even though the majority of Premier League youth teams are still comprised of foreign players, as well as home-grown youths.

Although Dyke's intentions are for the benefit of the future of the England national team, his plan comes from a state of support of the Premier League, whilst once again rejecting the supposed minnows that comprise the Football League.

And in response to this proposal, The Telegraph is reporting that senior officials are opposed to the plan, which requires full backing to be implemented.

Many people believe flaws in Dyke's proposal will soon compromise the integrity of the Football League, as the B teams will quickly rise from their starting division and end in League One, ruining the current format of the English football pyramid. There are also fears that the quality of opposition faced by the elite players comprising the B teams will be of a lower standard than that faced if a separate B team pyramid was to be formed.

Richard Scudamore - chief executive of the Premier League - has been backing the creation of a second football pyramid, comprised entirely of reserve teams, to run alongside the main pyramid. His proposal was comprised of a series of under-23 leagues, replacing the current under-21 Premier League.

Dyke's commission - which included former Football League players and managers - used the example of Spain and Germany to highlight the success of countries whose leagues include B teams. Although international success can be claimed on the success of the B team system, the current Bundesliga clubs are moving away from that system - with B teams seen as too expensive to uphold - and choosing to exploit the recently criticised loan system. The commission also intends to raise the number of home-grown players that must be deployed in the Premier League and Football League, as well as changing rules concerning the loan system.

An outline of Greg Dyke's proposal - as well as a PDF of the full report - can be accessed at the official Football Association website.

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