Earlier this morning, Tuesday June 9th 2020, all 71 EFL Clubs participated and voted in an EFL Extraordinary General Meeting on proposals in respect of changes to EFL Regulations in the event that season 2019/20 is curtailed.
Alongside the EFL’s proposals of adopting an unweighted points-per-game (PPG) outcome should the season be curtailed in any league, additional proposals or amendments were also put forward by Barnsley, Ipswich Town, Lincoln City, Tranmere Rovers and Stevenage.
Championship side Barnsley had proposed that no relegation occur in any division where curtailment was the voted outcome, whilst Ipswich Town had proposed extending the Play-Offs to beyond just four teams.
Meanwhile, Tranmere Rovers has proposed that PPG be used, with additional margin for error over the last three seasons taken into account, and Stevenage proposing that no relegation occurs from League Two.
Following a vote on each by all 71 EFL Clubs in The Championship, League One and League Two, it was overwhelmingly agreed (by a majority of all Clubs and a majority in the Championship) to adopt the EFL Board’s proposal into EFL Regulations, which now means the following applies in the event a division curtails its 2019/20 season or it is ended by any other means.
- Final divisional placings will be determined on unweighted points per game (if required).
- Promotion and relegation should be retained.
- Play-Offs will be played in all circumstances but will not be extended (beyond four teams).
Now, later this afternoon both League One and League Two clubs will vote on the outcome of their own respected leagues, with the only two possible outcomes now to continue playing to the season’s conclusion behind closed doors, or finishing the season prematurely on PPG, with only the Play-Offs to be played.
The Championship is already pencilled in to resume their season behind closed doors on June 20th – three days after the resumption of The Premier League.
EFL Chair, Rick Parry, said: “Whilst it has always remained the Board’s position to play the remainder of the season where possible, the decision reached at today’s meeting follows a full and considered consultation period with our member Clubs. The Board has endeavoured to listen to all views and alternative approaches but understands that the decisions taken will not be met with universal satisfaction from all Clubs.
“Today’s outcome ensures that the League and its Clubs remains as faithful as possible to the previously agreed Regulations and that there is consistency in the approach adopted across the EFL in all divisions if required.
“It is clear that the challenges facing the League from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented and I thank the contribution of EFL Clubs in making this important determination.”
Should League One vote in favour of ending the season now and deciding the League table on unweighted points-per-game, Coventry City will be crowned Champions and promoted to The Championship alongside Rotherham United.