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Football League wants fifth division in radical shake-up

Published 20/05/2016

Fifth Division proposed for the Football League
Fifth Division proposed for the Football League

The Football League has proposed the introduction of a fifth division in a radical shake-up of the English club game. The governing body wants four divisions of 20 teams below the Premier League by the 2019/20 season.

With 24 teams currently in each Football League division, the plan raises the prospect of seven teams being relegated from the Championship in 2018/19 to allow for three to be promoted, while no clubs would drop out of League Two in that campaign.

Two teams would be promoted from the National League and six other sides would be added to the newly-formed League Three, taking the total number of professional clubs to 100.

Football League clubs have been notified about the proposed plan and will vote on the changes in June 2017.

A 90% approval rate, or 65 of the current 72 clubs, is required to get the go-ahead.

Belfast Telegraph

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