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EFL Scraps Whole Game Solution Plans

Wed 16th Nov 2016 | Football Governance

Plans for a restructure of the Football League have been scrapped with immediate effect after talks with the Football Association broke down.

A statement released by the EFL, said: “The EFL Board has today announced that they will cease discussions on the Whole Game Solution with immediate effect.”

Plans had included the addition of teams from the non-league to make up a 100 team, 5 league structure. The plans would have meant more games being played on weekends, of which the EFL would have expected the rescheduling of FA Cup games, something the FA, it seems, were no longer prepared to consider.
  
The statement continued: “The decision has been taken with significant regret and disappointment and brings to an end the EFL-led debate on the possibility of the single biggest reform of the English League structure since the inception of the Premier League in 1992. 
  
“In order for the Whole Game Solution to be viable, it required the English football authorities to look collectively at the fixture schedules and create additional weekends for League football. 
  
“However, after seeking clarification on the FA’s position following the recent announcement of their new international broadcasting deal, the EFL were informed that there was no longer a sufficient advantage for the FA in making the changes.”
 
  
Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive, added: “As a result of the FA’s decision, the Board has been left with no option but to end the Whole Game Solution discussions as, in its current form, it is no longer viable.

“If the weekend slots are not available, then there is simply no way we can meet the financial conditions (to be no worse off) as outlined at the very outset. 
  
“The stance the FA has adopted has brought the discussions to a premature end, before fully understanding what the financial outcome from the creation of a new distribution model could be. 
  
“If the FA are willing to change its position then we are, of course, open to re-engaging in what is a hugely important debate that was designed to help shape the future of football in this country.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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