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The Football Association is set to unveil a new system for calculating the date of the next European campaign on Friday, as part of the association’s push to reduce its costs and ensure the survival of the game.

The new system, to be announced at a meeting of the Football Federation of England and Wales, will calculate the date the next continental fixture will take place based on a variety of factors including the number of points won by each team in the last two seasons, the number and frequency of goals scored by the players and the quality of opposition defences.

There will be no change to the calendar for the next two seasons.

It is expected to save the governing body £2 million in 2016/17, and reduce its overall budget by around £50 million.

The change comes as the Football Association, which has been in administration for five years, faces the threat of being forced to take a fresh £7 million funding injection from the European Union.

The association’s finances are already in dire straits, with the Premier League losing more than £50m this season, and the Football League’s annual loss of £30m, and it has been hit by the closure of clubs like Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and Liverpool.

But the FA has been able to save money by taking advantage of the new system introduced in the summer.

The league has been the subject of much criticism in recent years due to the number, variety and frequency the fixtures take place in, as well as the quality and approach of opposition opponents.

But in recent months, it has emerged that the FA’s budget for the coming season is under pressure, with it having to make a significant increase to its income from television rights and other income sources, as a result of the crisis in the Premier Leagues.

The FA also faces a funding gap of around £40 million, as it cannot meet the needs of the players, as their wages and living expenses are now the highest in the world.

With that, the association has been forced to make cuts to its training facilities, facilities for youth development and support for the clubs.

The Premier League is set for its biggest funding squeeze since 2007/08, when it had to cut its funding to the clubs by up to 70% because of the financial crisis.

This summer, the Premier Ligue 1 is also under threat, with new clubs in the English top flight facing the prospect of having to increase their own wages in order to remain in the league.