FA unveil B team plan

The FA want to create a new tier within the Football League for 10 Premier League clubs to field B teams against 10 Conference teams, BBC Sport has reported.

The idea forms part of the report produced by a commission set up by the FA, resulting in the governing body’s four-point proposal to overhaul the development of English players. As well as B teams, the FA would bar non-EU players from playing outside the Premier League, reduce the number of non-home-grown players in Premier League squads, and develop what are termed ‘strategic loan partnerships’ between clubs.

Greg Dyke, the chairman of the FA, said that a further fall in the numbers of English players appearing in the Premier League must be addressed for the good of the national team. “This isn’t about players even for four years’ time this is for players for 10 years’ time, this is to win the 2022 World Cup, by which time I’ll be long gone,” he insisted at a Press conference.

He added that the ideas had received support from a number of top flight clubs. “Liverpool, the Manchester clubs, Stoke, Tottenham – they have no problems with me mentioning them on this – so quite a lot of clubs recognise the problem they have got,” Dyke argued.

The Football League said in reply, however, that the FA’s report “may not contain a solution that is acceptable at the current time.” They added: “[We will] 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.”

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