If you read this blog, you probably follow the English Premier League, also known as the greatest football league in the world. It is sooooo exciting and awesome and there are a lot of good teams and a lot of interesting story lines and OH MY GOD THE NARRATIVE which gives us stuff like this:
But seriously the league is exciting. Best league in the world? Sure, if you like parity. And mediocrity. And 35 year old attacking midfielders playing defensive midfield and slipping. But I digress.
In May, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke proposed a “four point plan” to try to fix English football – and the England national team. The plan, which features something called “strategic loan partnerships” and a cap on non-EU players in the Premier League, also includes the formulation of a “League Three”, made up of 10 Premier League B teams and 10 Football Conference sides.
The plan isn’t exactly perfect, with some even arguing that it will destroy football. In fact, the plan isn’t exactly “premier”. (“Get it?” – Jordan) This is where the Premier League comes in.
Apparently, the Premier League wants to form another league, one that will come with UEFA accreditation and include teams from Europe. And according to the Premier League’s director of communications, Dan Johnson, it’s totally not like that other league. Nope. Not even close.
“We do believe it would be good for the development of talented young players but it is not an answer to the B league proposal at all. It is something we have wanted to do for a number of years,” Johnson said.
“We are keen to work with UEFA on what we think is a good development opportunity and there has been a lot of support from clubs on the continent.
“Our view is that an under-21 competition with a significant program of international fixtures at lower age levels is a good opportunity to expose players to this level of competition.”
“We now need to work with UEFA for their agreement.”
This is just hilarious. The Premier League has long been a thorn in the FA’s side, and ever since the big clubs broke away from the FA to form the PL (taking the advice of a certain Greg Dyke, who was then an ITV executive), they have marginalized the FA, which, I mean, should be the leading authority on this stuff, right?
This is just like the crusade Mark Cuban has been on for years, calling for the NBA to take control of the World Championships. Like this, it’s just a way for the Premier League to control the money generated from the playing of English football.
The Premier League doesn’t want the FA to prosper, much like Mark Cuban doesn’t want FIBA and the IOC to prosper.
In an ideal world, the PL would like to do away with the FA, despite the FA bowing to them at every turn.
In an ideal world, it will be all about the Premier League all the time, and, you know, why shouldn’t it be? They’re the ones that are making all the money. The FA should just butt out of everything and let the Premier League do it all. People only care about the FA every four years, anyway.
Of course, the real losers here are the players. This never ending tussle between the two organizations is in effect marginalizing the guys that make the money, that make the Premier League the footballing behemoth it is today.
Don’t tell the FA that the reason their national team isn’t developing as it should be is because their youngsters are lured by the prospect of playing European football at the bigger clubs, deciding to forgo development at their clubs and riding the pine at Chelsea or Manchester United. (I mean, United aren’t in Europe next year, but you get the point.)
Don’t tell the Premier League that their very existence is because the FA was stupid enough to let the big clubs walk in 1990 and form their own league.
And, for God’s sake, don’t ever tell the England players that these organizations are hell bent on making them irrelevant.