Clubs narrow scope for revamped English league structure

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September 23, 2016
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas (right) celebrates with team-mate Gary Cahill after scoring his side's fourth goal during the English League Cup, third round match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium, Leicester on Tuesday. Chelsea won 4-2 in extra-time after the teams were locked 2-2 at full time.

LONDON, AP:

Premier League B teams and clubs outside of England will not form part of the country's reorganised league structure starting from the 2019-20 season.

Clubs in the Football League, which runs the three leagues below the Premier League, met yesterday to consider issues surrounding the revamp of the English game.

Currently, there are four divisions comprising 92 clubs. The idea is to have 100 clubs across five 20-team divisions, including a new 'League Three.'

The Football League said in a statement that "the inclusion of Premier League B teams, clubs from non-English leagues, or those outside the English football pyramid will not form part of any ongoing discussions for the 'Whole Game Solution.'"

There was also consensus among clubs that they will play through a winter break, if one was introduced in English football.

Any final decisions on the reorganised structure will not be made until June 2017.

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