Football Association Proposes “League Three”

July 5, 2014

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. put forward [poo t FAWR-werd] (v.) – to suggest an opinion or idea which is open for discussion
Example: The players agreed to the plan put forward by the coach.

2. controversial [kon-truh-VUR-shuh l] (adj.) – referring to something that causes public disagreement
Example: The controversial rule caused the players to protest.

3. homegrown [HOHM-GROHN] (adj.) – referring to someone or something that is a native of a particular area
ExampleHomegrown players are the only ones allowed to participate in the championships.

4. relegate [REL-i-geyt] (v.) – to transfer someone in a lower rank or position
Example: Because of his poor performance last season, the player was relegated to a lower league.

5. passionate [PASH-uh-nit] (adj.) – expressing strong enthusiasm or interest in something
Example: Many Japanese are passionate about soccer.


Read the text below.
Greg Dyke, the Football Association (FA) Commission chairman, put forward a controversial proposal to add a new “League Three” in 2016 to 2017.

This is part of his four-point plan that aims to boost England’s chances of winning in the 2022 World Cup. This plan also includes training of homegrown talents, a stricter work permit system for non-European Union (EU) players, and implementing a new loan system.

This suggestion is in response to the declining number of local English players. Since 2009, there have been 122 non-EU players who have come to play for England, 50 percent of whom did not qualify for a permit. According to Dyke, the decreasing number of homegrown players is a problem in countries across Europe, especially in England. He said that if this problem is not addressed soon, there will be a fewer set of excellent English players to choose from.

In Dyke’s proposal, League Three will consist of 10 Premier League B teams and 10 non-league clubs. These players could be promoted and relegated between Leagues One, Two, and Three but they will not be allowed to play in the Championship and other domestic cup competitions. This new league will require 20 out of 25 players to follow the homegrown rule.

The proposal received negative feedback from some football clubs. The English Football League said that the suggested solutions may not be acceptable at the current time.

Nonetheless, England’s national football Manager Roy Hodgson expressed his approval of this proposal. He said that anyone who is passionate about football should support this recommendation. He believes that doing so can give better opportunities for young English players.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you think Dyke’s proposal to train homegrown football talents is a good initiative? Why or why not?
·         Why do you think homegrown talents should be prioritized over foreign talents?

Discussion B

·         Why do you think some excellent players prefer to go abroad?
·         How can good players be encouraged to play for their own country?

July 5, 2014