David Dein has suggested that the Premier League should contain just 18 teams.  The former Football Association and Arsenal vice chairman was previously instrumental in the league’s formation in 1992.  When the top flight was reformed that year, it contained 22 teams.

Three years after the Premier League formed, the division was then reduced to the current format of 20 clubs.  Although intentions throughout the years were to eventually drop the amount of teams to 18, it obviously never happened.


Premier League should be decreased to 18 teams

“That was a mistake — the FA should have been stronger at the start to enforce that,” said Dein in his book Calling The Shots.