In a detailed press release, the UK government has announced intentions to bring in a number of changes within the game, including the creation of an independent regulator despite opposition from the Premier League.

Football fans and their clubs will be given greater protections under a radical transformation of the rules governing how football is run in England.

The independent regulator will cover the top five tiers of men’s football. Other key points include:

  • There will be new tests for potential club owners and directors
  • Power to stop clubs joining breakaway competitions such as the European Super League
  • Supporters given a greater say in protecting club identity from changes — for example, names, badges and home shirts
  • Clubs will have to have the regulator’s approval for any sale or relocation of their stadium.
  • Government also launching review of visa system for footballers coming to England

The regulator will introduce a new licensing system for clubs down to the National League which will require them to demonstrate “sound financial business models and good corporate governance” before being allowed to compete.

It will also bring in a new test for potential and current owners and directors, something that has been under the control of the Premier League, EFL  and FA for their respective leagues.

The promised white paper itself is yet to be released but is expected to be signed off by the Cabinet 'soon'. The Government will now begin the process of engagement and further consultation with selected stakeholders on the key reforms set out in the white paper. Plans to bring forward legislation will be announced as soon as parliamentary time allows.