Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is pushing for the creation of a new division to accommodate Premier League B teams as part of the FA commission's plan to improve English football, which was outlined on Thursday.
Headed up by Dyke, the commission is also calling for a ban on non-EU players outside of the Premier League and a reduction in non-homegrown players in the top flight, as reported by the Associated Press' Rob Harris:
The aim of the commission is to nurture young English talent, which will hopefully have a knock-on effect for the national team.
Proposals suggest the creation of a new League Three to be established in 2016-17, which would consist of 10 Premier League B teams and 10 from the Conference, per BBC Sport.
Sky Sports News reports the limitations that would be put on the B teams in the hope of increasing the opportunities given to English players:
Much of the reaction to Dyke's proposals has been negative. The Times' Oliver Kay presented his staunch opposition to the idea:
Darragh MacAnthony, chairman of League One side Peterborough, believes the proposal will only benefit the top clubs:
Indeed, The Guardian's David Conn believes that the idea offers the Premier League teams greater advantages:
Conn's colleague, Owen Gibson, reports those Premier League club's who are supposedly in favour of the idea:
Former England striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker believes that rather than offering youngsters opportunities, the plan will in fact do the opposite:
The Edinburgh Evening News' Barry Anderson seems to agree:
Meanwhile, The Telegraph's Henry Winter has concerns about its effect on the lower leagues:
The BBC's Joe Wilson struggles to see how B teams will engender passion from supporters compared to that shown by fans in the lower leagues, referring specifically to Cambridge United's response to reaching the Conference Premier play-off final on Sunday:
There has been some support for the idea, however, with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand happy that there is at last a conversation starting concerning the lack of homegrown talent:
Despite his opposition to the idea, Oliver Kay seems to agree there needs to be a debate:
Sportingintelligence is impressed with the report, suggesting there may be some misunderstanding about the proposal:
According to BBC Sport, "In the 2012-13 Premier League season, only 32% of starters qualified to play for England, compared to 69% 20 years ago."
Those numbers are very problematic for English football. What Dyke and his commission are attempting to do is redress the balance.
However, it seems that their initial proposals as they attempt to do this have not immediately been met with overwhelming positivity.
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