English football exploring expansion to five leagues

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The Football League has proposed an expansion which would create a fifth division in England.

The proposal lays out a plan for five leagues of 20 clubs each, which would give England 100 professional sides.

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The league’s board said this would decrease the congested English fixture list, making it easier to balance league and cup matches, while creating more profit for teams outside the top flight.

The Football League consists of the Championship, League One, and League Two, which each have 24 sides. The new proposal would create a “League Three,” with each division dropping down to 20 sides, although the way in which teams would be allocated to this new league has yet to be determined.

A vote will take place at The Football League’s annual meeting in June 2017, with support from 90-percent of teams needed to ratify change.