The Football League is holding a Fans Forum next week to discuss the EFL Trophy competition. The meeting will take place at Wembley Stadium on Monday 10th December 2018 and will feature a panel that includes League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey as well as other interested parties such as managers, players and Club CEOs. The event is starting at 7.00p.m. with doors opening an hour earlier, and is invite only.
They are also allowing a limited number of supporters to attend the event. The League have allowed for up to six fans from each of the 48 participating clubs. Some clubs appear to have put out messages asking fans to volunteer to attend, whilst others have selected representatives from within their supporters groups. The EFL's expectations are that the fans representatives will be sourced from either a known or official supporters group. The implication is that any fan attending will have to pay their own travel costs.
At present, there isn't much detail about what the format of the forum will be. However, it's likely that the League are looking for constructive suggestions on how the competition could be improved, with the inclusion of EPPP Category One Academy Under-21 sides having raised hackles with fans, whilst the elongated Group Stages have seen crowds plummet, with several clubs admitting that they were recording an operational loss on staging the ties, saved only by an increased prize fund pot from sponsors Checkatrade, and a commitment by the EFL to underwrite any losses clubs incur in staging ties with ultra-low crowds.
The deadline for participants wanting to attend this forum is today. It's not clear how Yeovil Town's own fans' representation at the event is being selected, or if the Glovers plan to send any officials to have their voices heard.
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