The Premier League are set to revive plans for potential all-star games, most likely a match between a Premier League XI and a Serie A, La Liga, or Bundesliga side.
The Times report that plans for all-star games involving Premier League players are set to be revived, with matches potentially held around the world.
Todd Boehly’s suggestion of a ‘north versus south’ Premier League clash drew plenty of criticism recently, but it was apparently just one idea under discussion by club representatives.
A more popular option was a plan to form a combined Premier League side to face counterparts from other leagues, with The Times listing Serie A, La Liga, and the Bundesliga as possible opponents.
The primary question we should be asking at this point is whether it’s at all reasonable to fit in such a game.
The football calendar is already stacked. That’s particularly true this season, but even in a normal campaign, you’ll hear managers complaining about fixture congestion all the time.
Whilst going abroad for pre-season is standard practice nowadays, it would be a different story for a one-off game between leagues.
You’d be taking players away from their clubs to ferry them off far away from their teammates for a single, meaningless game. Whether you schedule that during pre-season, during the normal season, or during the holidays, it’s going to cause problems.
Unless the FA plan to remove fixtures from the calendar, it’s hard to see an idea like this proving popular with anyone other than the executives chasing a new payday.