Non-League football and the rise in money spent

Written by on 9th May 2024

Financial fair play is an ever-growing topic of discussion in football, but is the problem going to get worse before it gets better?

The beautiful game has been criticised a lot in recent times, majorly due to the amount of money at the top and ultimately the gulf between the elite clubs and the rest.

FFP was introduced to try and bridge that gap, but it has its flaws. One being, smaller clubs have a more difficult time spending money they have available due to the FFP restrictions.

Whilst this issue is highlighted usually at the top level of the pyramid, with the likes of Manchester City facing over 100 potential charges of breaking the FFP rules. However, it has trickled down and now lower league clubs are feeling the effect.

The Northern League is one of the oldest in the world, but once again in the past few seasons there has been a huge rise in the amount of money spent on wages. This has seen several clubs in and around the level go in and out of administration with some even folding.

In the video below we look at how it has impacted Northern League club Sunderland RCA, with former manager Kane Wears detailing how he thinks the authorities should handle this problem.

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