The premise of your argument was that the traveling is hard on part-time teams, but L2 and the NL is almost entirely professional.tonyhey wrote: ↑Mon May 08, 2023 12:55 pmSo regionalise League 2 and NL in to North and South and have three relegation places from each League. I know this brings us back to the North/South divide again, but the majority of these teams are full time, so reducing the travel problems.Port on the Kent wrote: ↑Mon May 08, 2023 12:48 pm That's the problem with having an extra league at this level, you would no longer be able to have two up as there's no way you would have six relegation places from the NL.
So what would happen is the winner of each league goes up, then four teams from each league go into a 12 team super play-off to decide the fourth. It means going up from the play-offs would be extremely unlikely and from a Southport perspective, seal our place.
There is no demand to reduce travel times in League 2 because these are clubs with budgets in the millions and full-time players who can travel to matches the day before.
I do agree that part-time Blyth going to part-time Banbury midweek is crackers, but there's no elegant solution.
Only tweak I can think of is to plan the fixtures with some care. The league could take each teams' six furthest away matches and schedule them exclusively on Saturdays in August, September, March and April where conditions are better. They could avoid planning them on FA Trophy/FA Cup days which are likely to be moved anyway.
You would still get the odd daft fixture due to postponements, but it would mean that the real treks are in the warmer months of an afternoon and you could have more local fixtures on the other dates.
No doubt that is too much effort for the league, mind.