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  • Writer's pictureJoe Wisniewski

The Premier League and English Football League Fail to Reach an Agreement

UK government pressure mounting as EPL and EFL face disagreement

By: Joe Wisniewski

March 26, 2024

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The Premier League and English Football League, after meeting earlier this March, have once again failed to reach an agreement on a new deal for the latter’s funding. The two sides have been discussing a deal for months with no positive steps having been taken. The last meeting on February 29 ended with club bosses “too divided on the matter to even put it to a vote.” The EFL was hoping for the Premier League clubs to present a new funding offer for teams across its divisions, arguing that it would have substantial benefits for the entire English football pyramid. A recent statement from the EFL reads, “The EFL has repeatedly said that financial redistribution coupled with enhanced cost controls are needed to help achieve its over-riding objective of making EFL Clubs financially sustainable and competitive, so that they can continue to serve their supporters and communities long into the future, no matter what level of the pyramid they play in.”

Some blame disagreement over the leagues’ ability to reach a deal on the English Premier League Clubs for their lack of priority over the concern. The EPL’s focus has been on developing and implementing a new financial system within the Premier League, which will replace the current profitability and sustainability regulations with a system similar to the UEFA Champions League. The Premier League reiterated its commitment to reaching a sustainable financial agreement with the EFL once this new system is in place. 

Many believed that significant pressure to secure a deal from the United Kingdom government would have pushed the two sides together. The UK government has been awaiting a resolution between the Premier League and the EFL before introducing a football governance bill. The bill is intended to establish an independent regulator to oversee football to ensure a fair distribution of wealth within the leagues. However, the lack of agreement from Premier League teams on a funding plan–with some teams possibly willing to take legal action–may force the bill to take longer to come into effect.


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