Reserve Team Regular
Feb 3, 2012, 8:50 AM
Team(s): Poole Town FC, Queens Park RANGERS.
Post #13 of 97
|i agree with all but two of your points Mike.
I think there would be numerous stages in order to make this work, amazing how common maths can bring such a positive response. Firstly, the biggest losers out of this would be the step 5 divisions, who would lose a huge number of teams in the reorganisation. Therefore my first stage would be to increase the number of current step 5 leagues to 18, then after a few seasons I would include a midland division at step 3, making the pyramid look 1-2-4-6-18 (with a northern one and midland one). The next stage would be the most difficult in my eyes, essentially promoting two divisions from step 5 to step 4, due to the number of teams (44) that would be needed. Never mind pussy footing around with it. Just introduce a complete overhaul of the NLS for the 2013/14 season and give clubs ‘x’ amount of years to meet ground requirements (or failing that, change the ground requirements). Mike Avery has (or had) a working example on his website. That said, I would go even further and have a 2-4-8-16-32 split, with much smaller divsions (every division at the revised Step 2 down to have a maximum of 18 clubs, cutting down on loss making mid week games) A single division at level 5 still doesn’t make a lot of sense, especially when compared with the European models. I would also introduce an appication for promotion system for ALL steps, similar to the current step 5 to step 4 scenario. The biggest problem with the current model is that clubs (and fans) assume they must take promotion. It is (or should be) purely optional.
Firstly with so many people (myself included) working on Saturday, Midweek games are the only ones I see.
Secondly. Have grading amnesty by all means but lowering the standards has a knock on effect all the way up the league. The steps in ground grading make it less arduous the improve the ground at each promotion. If you relax any of them permanently, it will be come an invisible wall to the next promotion.
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