Derby boss Paul Jewell is considering scrapping the reserve team and opting to play fixtures behind closed doors at Moor Farm.
The club are forced to field youth players for most of their fixtures and Jewell believes pulling out of the reserve league would serve them better.
"In the past reserve team football meant a bit more than it does now.
"We would be better off pulling out of the reserve league and playing out our own convenience at our training ground," Jewell told The Derby Evening Telegraph.
He added: "We get a lot of requests from clubs asking if we can play a game behind closed doors. It suits everyone."