The Football League caught most people by surprise after it announced a radical proposal to restructure the English game into five divisions.
Social media was sent into a frenzy of debate and most of it centred on whether this was the pathway being cleared for Premier League B clubs to be included in the lower divisions.
Under the proposal the number of league clubs will increase from 92 to 100 by 2019 and while that could be good news for Conference teams...some people thought it could also be good for Premier League teams and they didn't like it.
Football league change doesn't sound too bad to start with, then it seems Premier League B teams could join the leagues, that would be awful
-- Jack Evans (@Jevski7) May 19, 2016
It's all just part of a plan to get some Premier League B Teams into the Football League isn't it. What a joke
-- Ben Wignall (@BenWignall1) May 19, 2016
If they put B teams into football league then I might just have to give up on football ? couldn't be doing with that #sufc
-- Nathan (@bladenath) May 19, 2016
I love the idea of having Premier League "B" teams in the Football League
-- Luis Peroda (@LuisPeroda20) May 19, 2016
put these football league ideas back to the PL where they came from,the 'money' clubs. We have enough teams, PL B teams, equals more imports
-- Peter O`Sullivan (@peterjos64) May 19, 2016
This Football league restructure looks a bit like Greg Dyke's Premier league B team by the back door.
-- Simon (@thebethub) May 19, 2016
Providing Conference teams are used and not "B teams", that new Football League proposal isn't even that bad or drastic in my honest opinion
-- Reece Heard (@Reece_GFC) May 19, 2016
This new football league shake up is a big cover up to introduce premier league B teams
-- Chris Singleton (@S666NGY) May 19, 2016
Others wonder if this was finally the cue for Rangers and Celtic to make that long-discussed move south of the border to play in English football.
Football League is expanding? Good opportunity if Lawwell and King put their heads together and try and force Old Firm to England. #Celtic
-- Danny Braynion (@DBraynion91) May 19, 2016
If they are changing it to 5 leagues of 20 teams in England surely they can fit Rangers and Celtic in?? #SSNHQ
-- Mark (@MarkK1872) May 19, 2016
Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said such a move would be difficult, although he didn't rule it out.
"The whole discussion can be had," he said. "But I suspect the wider this gets drawn, the harder it would be to deliver to our clubs and the rest of the stakeholders in the game."
A lot of people thought things didn't need to change from the present system, where three divisions of 24 clubs play in the Football League.
There's no need for the changes to the Football League! It's worked for decades, if it ain't broke don't fix it
-- Robert Kostur (@Robbo_WWFC) May 19, 2016
Don't think the football league need to make these changes at all.
-- ???? (@CharlotteJane7_) May 19, 2016
What is the actual point in the new football league proposals? Not saying I'm against it, just don't understand the reason for it.
-- Kieran Archer (@Chippy_LUFC) May 19, 2016
Football League clubs have been notified about the plan and will vote on the changes in June 2017. A 90 per cent approval rate, or 65 of the current 72 clubs, is required to get the go-ahead.
Part of the plan could see seven Championship clubs relegated at the end of the 2018/19 season, while no team would be relegated out of the league that year.
@FFSclub I dont like this. For the championship to drop to 20 teams, 7 would have to be relegated in 1 season allowing 3 promoted from L1.
-- Not606 BristolRovers (@Not606_TheGas) May 19, 2016
@hardy356 no teams relegated from league 2 in the switchover season. 7 down from the championship. Seems very, very messy.
-- Cory (@iwritethings23) May 19, 2016
7 teams relegated in 2018-19? Well at least we've got 3 more years of Championship football to look forward to ?
-- Robert Kostur (@Robbo_WWFC) May 19, 2016
The Football League statement also revealed that under the plans midweek matches would be reduced to reduce fixture congestion.
This football league change = mind blown
-- Dylan Ing (@ing_dylan) May 19, 2016
No midweek games would be a big loss to english football! I love the atmosphere of a floodlit stadium! The football league need a re think!
-- James Healey (@ja_healey) May 19, 2016
For all the talk of fixture congestion, this was probably the last thing I thought I'd hear to reduce it. #FootballLeague
-- Rory Magrath (@rory28) May 19, 2016
But there was plenty of positivity too - if not at least to start a debate about the health of the game in the lower league and how it might be improved.
-- Keith McKay (@ElMacca) May 19, 2016
Massive upheaval for the football teams below the Premier League. But it makes good business sense. https://t.co/aW8dji9B3p
-- Boaty McBoatface (@coldfusionMBE) May 19, 2016
The football league plans look proper good
-- bird is the word (@BirdBradley) May 19, 2016
Proposed Football League changes are very exciting for top non league clubs and seem sensible to reduce fixture congestion (1/3)...
-- Patrick Hildred (@patrickhildred) May 19, 2016
I agree with the Football league proposals adding a extra division and having 20 teams in each league makes so much sense.
-- Ashley (@AshleyElliott5) May 19, 2016
People will hate the 100 Football League teams proposal just because it's a change. Looking at it, it makes a lot of sense. I'm for it.
-- Lee (@ncfclee) May 19, 2016