The English Football League has recommended that promotion and relegation take place in the League, League One and League Two, regardless of whether the teams vote or voted to reduce the campaign.
Although this proposed framework has yet to be approved by the clubs themselves, EFL’s board of directors has made it clear that it considers its draft plan as “integral” to preserve the “integrity” of the competition.
Last week the League Two clubs agreed to end the season with immediate effect and their League One counterparts will decide next week whether to continue playing. In the meantime, all the clubs in the league, with the exception of Hull City, want to restart the second level match list, with the majority returning to training on Monday for a temporary recovery around June 20.
In a series of recommendations released Thursday, the EFL said 51% of League One or League clubs should have agreed to a reduction in their campaigns. The final table would therefore be decided by a point system per unweighted game and the playoffs, involving no more than four teams, should still take place.
The EFL project challenges the stated preference of League Two clubs that Stevenage will be spared relegation to the National League but confirms that Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth appear ready for automatic promotion to League One.
“There is a strong desire to stay as close as possible to the regulations and ensure consistency in the approach taken across all divisions,” said EFL President Rick Parry.
An obstacle to the continuation of the League One season was the cost of coronavirus tests twice a week, mandatory under the EFL’s return to game protocols, and Sunderland asked the Professional Footballers’ Association to help support the cost. of £ 150 per test.
League clubs undergo initial mandatory tests at their training camps, but have the option to save around £ 1,300 per week by asking players to conduct subsequent swab tests at home or by recruiting backroom staff to conduct them before sessions. training. With both methods, samples would be collected by couriers. Middlesbrough is considered to be one of about eight clubs that adopt the self-test system, but two thirds of the division have chosen to pay a premium for independent testers.