I think I can see why it is so hard to get teams into the London Premier League, and wondered what others think. I am not having a go at any clubs, just the system. Last Saturday I went to watch London Skolars A team play Hemel Stags A team in the London premiership. What I saw was a Skolars team with a lot of their Championship players in, playing against a Hemel team with not quite as many Champioship players in. I got talking to someone from Skolars and asked where the rest of their A team were, and was told that they had been playing in their 'B' team in the London Merit League against a St Albans development squad. That got me wondering as to why any club from the first division or merit league would want to step up into a league where, out of five teams, there are two Championship teams who seem to regularly field A teams with Championship level players, and another team, SWLondon Chargers, who's team is full of very good Aussies, South Sea Islanders and ex-pat Northerners. (Couple of weeks ago at one of the Chargers games, I asked a player how many Londoners they had in their first team, and he said 'This game, one'.) The other two teams, Rhinos and Cents (probably because of their locations) seem to be teams made up in the main of local lads with a couple of northerners.
So I was wondering if a 'quota' system would work to even out the league and make other clubs consider joining. Maybe have a rule that limits a club to the number of Championship players it has in its A team to three, and/or when a team plays, half its named game day squad should be UK nationals or born in the UK. Would this type of thing even things out and make this league more attractive to other teams with a more limited pool of players, or would it stifle the teams. Any thoughts.