To put it simply, six Premier League sides - Arsenal Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - are part of an initial group of 12 clubs seeking to establish a new 20-team continental competition "as soon as practicable" – in a move that could change the face of football as we know it.
The plans have been met with widespread opposition since they were revealed – from those at the top of the footballing tree to those at grassroots level – and even those at Downing Street.
Worksop Town FC tweeted: “Football will always be about the fans, the volunteers, the players, the staff, the community; it’s about being part of something special and having the feeling of camaraderie on your Saturday afternoon. Support your local club. Support real football.”
Football is so much than just a sport. It is at the heart of communities. It brings together people and helps local businesses.
The potential repercussions of the ESL, not just for Worksop, but across the country will be devastating.
It is threatening the fabric and future of English football. On the field, the competitive nature and ability of clubs to progress through the football pyramid will be reduced, while off the field, revenues will be in danger of collapsing which will have a knock-on effect for our communities, not just our clubs.
We need to protect our clubs and we need to do it now.
That's why we have launched our For the Fans campaign, the aims being to:
protect our clubs and communities against ESL impact highlight the potential repercussions to our communities and readers push for full-scale reform of football governance and football finance encourage a fan-led review to give supporters a bigger say in future of their club
Take part in our online survey on the future of English football and the impact on Worksop Town FC today.
Now we want to hear about what YOU have to say about how this proposal would affect YOUR club.
Do you think the new league will be good for football? Or the communities they are part of? Should the ‘Big Six’ be kicked out of the Premier League? And should players of clubs taking part be banned from playing international football in future?
To take part in the survey click here.
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