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Conference proposal scrapped after clubs say no

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By Euan Maxwell
Conference proposal scrapped after clubs say no

PLANS for a potential Conference League in Scottish football was abandoned at the last minute by the SFA after a tidal wave of clubs rejected the proposal.

A new ten-team league was pitched which would’ve been installed between League Two and the Lowland League. This would have had colts teams from Premiership clubs, as well as sides from the Highland League and Lowland League.

However, in the run-up to the controversial proposal vote more than 50 clubs publicly stated that they opposed the idea, including Queen of the South and Annan Athletic.

In an email, the Scottish FA confirmed that the vote would now not take place, and instead that they will carry out “further consultation” on how best to ensure development opportunities for young Scottish players.

It read: “I refer to resolution 7 in the notice of the Scottish FA’s AGM sent to members on 12 May, 2023. Resolution 7 seeks approval (in accordance with Scottish FA Article 18.1) for the formation of the Scottish Conference League as a recognised football body.

“The Scottish FA board has received a variety of feedback in respect of resolution 7 and has concluded that it would like to carry out further consultation in respect of a player pathway to ensure the best development opportunities for Scottish players within the football pyramid.”

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