Football League Clubs have voted at their AGM to extend the “Future Financial Information” rules to Leagues One and Two.
Individuals wishing to purchase a club will have to demonstrate they have the funds in place to both purchase and trade reliably.
Additionally they will need to provide evidence explaining how and where they sourced their funds (thereby demonstrating they are fit and proper people to be in control).
The rules have already operated in the Championship for four seasons, which suggests their introduction will be smooth.
Recent discussions around Strategic Loan Partnerships and Premier League B teams competing in the lower leagues may have increased buyer interest in the lower league clubs.
These proposals have proved unpopular with the club owners, although an alternative proposal for a regional B team league for lower tier clubs has been welcomed.
This will increase the amount of competitive football available to senior apprentices and reserves playing for the lower league clubs, thereby supporting the development of more home grown players.
If you are considering buying a lower league football club or would like to discuss any aspect of football or sports law, please get in touch.
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