The FA wants to be the seat of a new regulator for football

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The FA wants to be home to a new “independent” football regulator, which could oversee the sharing of wealth and the financial management of clubs within the sport.

The government is keen to introduce a new regulator for the domestic game following repeated offers from the most powerful clubs to part ways and the financial mismanagement of teams across the football pyramid.

A fan review of football, led by Conservative MP and former sports minister Tracey Crouch, concluded that an independent regulator was essential, among other governance changes, to safeguard the competitive future of the game and clubs in England .

The government wants to create a regulator to protect competitions and clubs

The wealth chasm between the Premier League and the EFL is leading to reckless financial decisions and the government wants to create a regulator to protect competitions and clubs

The Football Association believes she is best placed to take on the role given her knowledge of the game.

Chairman Debbie Hewitt has written to members of the FA Council to tell them that financial regulation in football is not working as well as it should and that “change is needed”.

FA chairwoman Debbie Hewitt has written to members about her plans to host the regulator

FA chairwoman Debbie Hewitt has written to members about her plans to host the regulator

“Our starting point is that with the governance changes and appropriate investments in our organization, the Regulator could be an independent arm of the FA, with its own independent governance using our regulatory and gaming experience to create governance that works in all of football,” she said. wrote.

The letter added: “Regarding the structure and function of a Regulator, we believe we can come to a common understanding of this through play to create a robust and efficient solution to house within the FA. “

Ms Hewitt said the aim was to offer a “comprehensive solution to government”.

The FA Council comprises representatives from the Premier League, Football League, County FAs and non-executive members, and decides the policies of the organisation.

Regulator reportedly oversees Premier League financial distribution to EFL

Regulator reportedly oversees Premier League financial distribution to EFL

Earlier it was reported that some Premier League clubs were supporting the FA by accepting the role of a regulator.

However, in contrast, the EFL made it clear in November that it supported the creation of an external and independent organisation. And that stance does not appear to have changed, with the EFL desperate to ensure any regulator carries out a financial reset, which sees money drastically flow from the top of the game to the bottom.

Even so, the FA is continuing and developing its plans.

Football authorities want to show the government that they are working together to address concerns raised by Crouch over the governance of the game, but they appear to be far apart on key points.

While they wrote jointly to Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries on Monday saying they were developing responses regarding financial flows, cost control and regulation in football, they also separately sent letters detailing their own views.

Tracey Crouch's fan-led review was backed by the government

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries wasted no time in endorsing the key recommendation for a football regulator

The fan-led review of Tracey Crouch (left) has been backed by the government. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries wasted no time in endorsing the key recommendation for a football regulator

Two crucial areas where there seems to be divergence are financial distribution and the creation of an independent regulator.

sports mail understands that there has been no progress so far on how to share the wealth of the elite, with the EFL wanting 25% of media revenue to be shared with its clubs and the abolition of payments in parachute for teams relegated from the top flight to the championship.

Ms Dorries accepted the need for an independent football regulator “in principle” within 24 hours of receiving the Crouch report on November 24. She said at the time that the “government will ensure that [clubs] are properly managed and fans are protected” and that incentives for “reckless financial decision-making” are removed.

Since then, a large team of officials from the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport have worked on the report’s 47 recommendations, determining whether they could or should be implemented.

Ms Dorries is due to give an official response to the Crouch report in two to three months. Following this, the government could legislate to create a regulator, which would have the power to impose cost controls on clubs, with plans included in the Queen’s Speech in May.

An FA spokesperson told Sportsmail: “We welcome the findings of the Tracey Crouch fan-led review and are currently assessing possible solutions to the issues identified in the report.”

“We are in talks with key stakeholders in the game about the potential structure of an independent regulator that can better serve all levels of English football.

“The report identified that the regulator could potentially sit within the FA, subject to the enactment of recommended changes to our governance. We are working on this model as an option, given our regulatory experience and our current role in the game.’

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