Against League 3 welcomes today’s (Thursday’s) confirmation from The Football League that Premier League B-Teams will play no further role in the current round of suggested changes for English football.
Football supporters have vocally opposed B-Teams since first suggested by Greg Dyke’s FA Commission in 2014. Our campaign was founded on a pledge to fight against B-Teams entering the pyramid and this is the second time a major English football authority has admitted defeat on the subject. The campaign hopes that the remaining “Whole Game Solution” proposals are considered with supporters as a major consideration by both the League and it’s member clubs.
The news should especially be seen as a victory for fans who participated in the #BTeamBoycott. Matchday 1 of the EFL Trophy First Round saw record low attendances as supporters voted with their feet. Deliberately missing games is not an easy decision, but those who boycotted have genuinely helped to make a positive contribution to English football. AL3 will consider the #BTeamBoycott before the next round of fixtures, but campaign support has initially indicated that the boycott should continue.
Despite today’s positive news we are no closer to a sustainable future for the Football League. WGS would have a massive effect on Non-League football and suggested FA Cup reform to scrap replays and move the competiton to midweek appears to solely benefit the Premier League. The situation at clubs such as Leeds United, Charlton Athletic, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, amongst others shows major problems in FA & Football League governance and should be seen by decision makers as a far bigger priority than whether we play FA Cup games on a Tuesday. The lack of official oversight towards football’s self-regulation is a tragedy for the English game that sadly does not appear to be changing.
AL3 will continue to evaluate and discuss the Whole Game Solution with campaign supporters and promote fan consultation, but we encourage supporters to remain cautious of the proposals.