In total, 17 regulation amendments or additions were put forward by the EFL Board alongside one proposed resolution to amend the Articles of Association.EFL
In total, 17 regulation amendments or additions were put forward by the EFL Board alongside one proposed resolution to amend the Articles of Association. 75% of the membership is required to pass a change in the Articles, whilst 50% plus 1 of all Clubs and 50% plus 1 of Championship Clubs is needed to effect a change in EFL regulations.
Prior to the formalities of the AGM, Clubs were provided with the conclusion to the Owners’ Conduct Review, which was introduced last year following a number of concerns in the area of Club ownership. This included three proposals as part of the 2018/19 regulatory changes.
The highlights of the 2018 AGM included:
1. MATCH PROGRAMMES
EFL Clubs approved an amendment which allows Clubs to opt out of providing advertising in match programmes on the basis it is replaced with other inventory. This amendment will mean that the requirement to deliver programme advertising in the EFL Regulations will only apply if a match programme is produced. The amended regulation provides each Club with the option to determine whether or not they publish a match programme.
2. GROUND CRITERIA – SHARED GROUNDS
Clubs who ground share with another sport must have a hybrid or similar pitch installed. For existing ground shares, this requirement will come into effect from 1 July 2019.
3. SAFEGUARDING OPERATING STANDARDS
OWNERS’ CONDUCT REVIEW
Three formal proposals were put forward to the AGM and subsequently voted into EFL Regulations.
1. INTRODUCTION OF A CLUB CHARTER
In addition, the Charter commits all Clubs to behave with the utmost good faith and honesty to each other, while complying with the laws of the game and ensuring that all Club officials comply with the decisions of the EFL and its various decision making bodies at all times.
2. OVERDUE PAYABLES
3. OWNERS’ AND DIRECTORS’ TEST
In addition to the changes to EFL Regulations, there were two other specific areas addressed that have been highlighted as part of the review. These were:
1. EFL POLICY ON TAKING ACTION AGAINST INDIVIDUALS.
The policy outlines that it should be reserved for the following circumstances:
• A very serious single act or persistent serious acts;
2. FINANCIAL CONTROLS IN LEAGUE ONE AND LEAGUE TWO
This debate will continue at September’s Divisional meetings.