FA Chairman lays out plans to reduce Premier League from 20 teams to 18

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FA Chairman Greg Dyke is set to enter talks with the Premier League over reducing the number of teams in the top flight from 20 to 18, according to the Daily Mirror.

A report in The Times claims that Dyke plans to speak to Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore about cutting the division down by two teams.

However, the plans would have a knock on effect for the divisions below, meaning that representatives from the Championship, League One and League Two would need to be consulted.

The Premier League reduced its numbers from 22 to 20 back in 1995, that saw one extra team relegated from the top flight and one less promoted up.

It is believed the plans will be met with huge opposition from a number of Premier League and Championship chairmen, while benefits for the England national team are not yet clear.

The main idea is that players at top clubs would play fewer games during a season and be more physically prepared for summer tournaments when they come around.

But the current broadcasting contract runs until 2019, so it would be unlikely that the plans would be put into action before then.

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