3 March ~ The current structure below the Football League needs to be more regionalised. Non-League football clubs are travelling too far for games and harming themselves up in the process. Fans are attracted to local football by the relaxed atmosphere, lower prices and closer relationship with players and officials. But the current structure outside the Football League forces clubs with tiny budgets into costly trips, often in midweek. So says Paul Caulfield, who has written a compelling argument for the reintroduction of more regional leagues in the lower divisions. His blog piece can be read here on TwoHundredPercent


Comments (4)
Comment by kreig303 2012-03-03 10:53:54

I'm in total agreement and have thought so for years. I thought Germany's prior structure of regionalization below the Bundesliga was the most appropriate organization which of course in English league terms would've meant a return to the old Division 3 North and South. However it appears they felt the need to ape the English league and this in a time of ever-rising transport costs.

Comment by geobra 2012-03-03 13:30:00

Why always north and south in regionalised leagues? Bishops Stortford, Histon and Gloucester have never been in the north of England. Maybe sometimes east and west would be fairer. Or perhaps it would be possible to devise two groups in which every club had to do more or less the same amount of travelling.

The current make-up of Blue Square Conference National, full as it is of what one can only call 'traditional' Football League clubs with strong fan bases, suggests that the time for a regionalised League 2 may have arrived.

Under the present set up, you do wonder how the likes of Hyde, Woking and Dartford will fare if they are promoted.

Comment by Monty 2012-03-05 09:32:09

Not sure that regionalisation is that significant. A lot of Conference and League 2 sides have no real culture of away support, so from that perspective it won't for instance create more "derbies". The bigger problem (as it is throughout football)is wage costs. So for instance you have clubs near the bottom of the Conference who can only generate the income of a part time team feeling obliged to go full time. The top end of the Conference similarly has clubs paying over the top wages, the leading clubs regularly seem to be able to outbid League clubs for players.

Comment by Jongudmund 2012-03-05 12:48:21

"A lot of Conference and League 2 sides have no real culture of away support"

Have you got any evidence to support that ridiculous comment?

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