EFL clubs will vote this summer on the future of the match-day programme.
The EFL this week revealed that some clubs have asked for the issue of the mandatory publication of programmes to be addressed in light of falling sales.
They say that digital media including social media has contributed to the decline and some clubs feels they could save money by not having to print programmes.
In a statement the EFL said: "At its summer meeting in June 2018, EFL clubs will vote on a proposal that will determine whether or not it is an absolute requirement to produce a match programme from the start of season 2018-19 onwards.
"A number of clubs have asked the EFL if the mandatory publication of a match programme can be addressed as a result of an overall decline in sales and the proliferation of digital and social media, which has the ability to deliver the same content in a more cost effective manner.
"Irrespective of the outcome at June's AGM, the EFL will continue to produce a match programme for its five competition finals – the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and Sky Bet Play-Offs."
There has been a mixed reaction online:
Shocking lack of respect for football's traditions. Unsurprising sadly https://t.co/H62asuvCXh
— Achtung! Millwall Radio (@CBL_Magazine) April 30, 2018
SAVE THE MATCHDAY PROGRAMME!!!
Some EFL clubs have expressed a wish to stop producing a Matchday programme for each EFL match concerned about falling sales & higher production costs. I say NO!
— Ian Bradley (@millmoor1) April 30, 2018
Personally, I think regular printed football programmes have had their day. Special occasion souvenir editions, perhaps. https://t.co/p3mQQ3CcGJ
— Born2BMild (@Born2BMild) April 30, 2018
Programmes outdated the @EFL say? They should follow our account for a day and see the innovation, vibrancy and creativity I’m seeing. Loads of young people involved too. Rumours of the demise of the match day programme are greatly exaggerated
— NonLeague Programmes (@NonLgeProgs) April 30, 2018
— Daniel Orme (@TheOrmerod) April 30, 2018
It is not uncommon in lower levels of non-league, where it is still a requirement to produce a match day programme, to simply have an A4 page with the two squad lists and match date. Could an EFL club, who didn't want to produce a glossy modern magazine every week, do the same?
— Sean (@seankuk) April 30, 2018
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