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I am against any participation of reserve sides in the pyramid because of the potential, and in many cases actual, damage to the integrity of the competitions in which either the reserve team of a club, or even the first team of the same club compete.
Concerns about the integrity of the system should not be under-estimated.
If, towards the end of he season, the first team, say in the first tier are already safe but have no chance of achieving anything, what is to stop a club from from using players who might ordinarily be expected to in the first team in the reserve team, in order to win the title in its league?
In a self-standing reserve league, it wouldn’t matter, since all the reserve teams are broadly in the same boat.
In a parallel league, what if the rival for the title is a smaller first team (without the recourse to better first team players)?
I’m generally not in favour of anything that detracts from a level playing field.
The reserve team system in England works well, much better than the system used in Germany, with the inherent unfairness of reserve teams playing within the same overall pyramid structure as first teams.
There is no reason why reserve teams should not play in a self-standing pyramid of their own. If clubs want more reserve games, increase the size of each division to 14 or 16 clubs, so that they play 26 to 30 league games a season.