Published: Sat, June 11, 2016
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

Plymouth Argyle could meet a Premier League team in the JPT

The new format has not been unanimously loved by clubs in League One and League Two - but from a Liverpool perspective, it's great that some of our brightest prospects will have another avenue of competitive football opened to them.

The competition, which was formerly known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, will swell to 64 team and will continue to be run on a north/south basis, starting with 16 groups of four before becoming a straight knockout until the final at Wembley.

It is understood that the Premier League have provided £1m of the £1.9m prize fund on offer.

The competition is now without a title sponsor as Johnstone's Paints' contract expired last season, with Barnsley beating Oxford in the last JPT final in April.

Another, which has attracted far more attention, is the plan to reorganise the Premier League and Football League into five leagues of 20 teams.

Changes to the competition also sees the introduction of a group stage, made up of 16 regional groups of four teams.

Harvey explained the new plan would reduce travel costs, cut down on midweek games, give teams more time to prepare, create space for cup competitions and perhaps even allow clubs to reduce their squads.

The FA has already moved to cut quarter-final replays in the FA Cup and the Premier League continues to explore ways to introduce a winter break.

"It is a step in the direction of having a fifth league and if they were to do that, then I would suggest that they have the Premier League, Championship, League One and then a north and south division".

Cheltenham Town are set to line-up against emerging stars from the Premier League in next season's English Football League Trophy.

In other business at the Tivoli Marina Hotel in Vilamoura, Ian Lenagan, the owner of Super League rugby league team Wigan and former director of Oxford, was voted in as the EFL's new chairman, replacing Greg Clarke.

"Any change to the EFL pyramid structure would need to have 90 per cent of clubs voting in favour, not the 50 per cent as was required for the EFL Trophy".

From next season also all clubs will have to hold at least two meetings with a representative group of the club's supporters.

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