The EFL is set for one of the biggest board meetings in its history tomorrow.
Clubs will vote on the framework for ending the 2019/20 season, with the bottom two divisions then set to formally vote on whether to cut the campaign short amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The EFL board has proposed a framework which would keep promotion and relegation, retain the four-team play-offs and decide the final league tables on an unweighted points-per-game basis.
And below – even though fans have started to expected the unexpected – is what it will all involve.
What is going on?
The EFL’s big vote to amend the regulations will be held tomorrow after a meeting with boss Rick Parry.
The vote will be held virtually with a representative from each club, be that a chief executive, chairman or an owner, and a 51 percent swing will be required including 13 clubs from the Championship.
The ballot will decide how league seasons across the EFL, now and in the future, will be decided if a campaign ends early and cannot be completed. This looks set to be the case in League One and League Two this term.
There are expected to be only two boxes on the ballot paper with clubs either voting yes or no to a plan that proposes adding points per game to the rules of the sport.
However, Parry last week admitted that there could be other proposals on the table if clubs cannot agree.
What have Stoke City said about the season carrying on?
“It’s pretty clear that if we were voting out of pure short-term self-interest we would have joined those clubs who want the season to end now – we’d be safe,” chief executive Tony Scholes told Radio Stoke.
“But everyone at the club recognises you have to look at the bigger picture. You can only really assess the sporting results over the full season.
“There is an argument that sporting integrity has already been damaged. Some clubs will be playing with weakened teams because players are out of contract at the end of June. That’s a reality.
“We’re dealing with a situation in which perhaps no outcome is ideal but we have to search for the nearest way to that as possible.”
Who will be voting?
All 71 EFL clubs will be involved and the result is expected to be announced tomorrow afternoon.
After last month’s unanimous League Two verdict, fourth-tier clubs are expected to vote in big numbers in favour of points-per-game.
Meanwhile, in League One, a narrow majority is expected to edge in favour of points per game with an even larger majority in favour of ending the season right now.
Is there only one vote?
No, if all goes to plan there will be more than one vote.
That first 71-club vote, if passed, will be followed by a League One vote to decide whether or not to curtail the season.
This vote will, once again, need a 51 percent majority to decide the result but this time Championship clubs are not involved and cannot veto the decision.
What are the alternative frameworks?
Two alternatives have also been proposed against the originally put forward by the EFL a couple of weeks ago.
Barnsley’s scraps relegation in the event of a division being unable to finish, while Tranmere Rovers’ involves applying a margin for error to the points-per-game system.
That would lead to limited relegation and expanded play-offs – and if applied in League Two would see Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra invited into a nine-team mini tournament to decide promotion.
There are also amendments to the EFL framework to be voted on. Lincoln’s calls for a change in how points deductions are applied to the points-per-game calculation.
Ipswich’s involves further consultation with clubs on the play-offs format if the season cannot be completed, and Stevenage’s scraps relegation from League Two if the division votes to curtail the campaign.
For any framework or amendment to be adopted it would require both a majority vote among Championship clubs and a majority among the full 71 member clubs.
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When is the vote taking place?
Most clubs are expected to be represented on the video call by a proxy, and the video conference call is due to start on Tuesday morning.
Leagues One and Two are then expected to vote in the afternoon on whether or not to end the season.
If they do vote to cut it short, the final table will be based on whichever framework was approved earlier in the day.
A majority of clubs in that division would be required for a motion to carry.