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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Shake Up Of Lower Divisions Proposed

The Football League are proposing a shake up of all the leagues below the Premiership.

In essence the plan is to have four divisions of 20 teams as opposed to the current three divisions of 24 teams.

An extra six teams would come from the National League formerly known as the Conference. Two clubs would not be relegated in the previous season to ensure there are eight extra clubs.

"There are clear benefits for everyone," Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey told BBC Sport.

"It is about taking a step back to try to work out what is best for English football.

"We hope that the Football League taking this first step is the catalyst for future change."

According to the BBC for the proposal to be approved, it needs the backing of 65 Football League clubs (90%) at next year's AGM.

The Football League says its board is offering "no recommendation other than asking its members to give full consideration to the proposal".

The decision will have to be confirmed by November 2017.

Relegation from the Football League would be scrapped in the 2018-19 season before the restructure for the following season.