Richard Scudamore Confirms Plans for a Premier League ‘B’ League: Daily Soccer Report

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore confirmed plans today to launch a Premier League B League, which will be played at Premier League grounds, be televised and will feature U-23 players as well as four over age footballers.

The league will replace the current U-21 league format, and would involve the same teams that are in the Under-21 league – which is those who are classed as category one in the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

There’s no news yet regarding when Scudamore wants to launch the Premier League B League, but here’s what he told The Daily Telegraph newspaper:

“We understand the challenge of developing English talent good enough to play in the Premier League first team is how do you get them to transition from Under-18s into first-team squads? It is such a huge leap. You have to have the transition phase, the ‘professional development phase’ we call it.

“The Under-21 League is technically very good but not where it needs to be in terms of meaningful competition for these youngsters.

“The minute you call it ‘Under-21’ people think it is no use. It needs a better name and a better focus. All clubs recognise that. We need proper kick-off times, using main stadiums, anything to create an experience that is more competitive and more like the first team so it doesn’t come as such a shock. And those players in that group should be interchangeable with the first team.

“They should be category one clubs and we are happy for them to be in that league with 16 of ours, and six of the Championship. If more cat one clubs come along you structure it accordingly.

“It should be in all our interests that people have more cat one academies because that’s the best it can be.”

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6 thoughts on “Richard Scudamore Confirms Plans for a Premier League ‘B’ League: Daily Soccer Report”

    1. Maybe because it’s the PREMIER LEAGUE and not the Football League? They’re entirely separate entities! Even pretending it was possible, why on earth would you want to place reserve teams into the second tier of the pyramid?? Who would we kick out of the Football League system in order to accommodate the extra teams seeing as it’s already congested enough as it is?

      The current U21 format is majorly uncompetitive and needs a shake-up. The schedule is all over the place and can go weeks before the next match. Plus there’s the fact that only a few clubs broadcast their matches live on TV in the UK – Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea.

      If marketed properly, this could be a hit with worldwide TV coverage – especially if the PL bundle it together with the next full Premier League ‘proper’ tender. Plus it could in theory be a threat to things like Scottish league TV deals and to an extent Football League deals around the world. Pushed as ‘Liverpool B vs. Manchester United B’ and live from Anfield could do very well indeed in regards to marketing. It’s essential though that the new league has a proper structure to it – i.e. home and away fixtures instead of just playing teams once.

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