Bern vote on Friday – no play-offs: SFL defends ‘Scottish model’ – Sport

  • The SFL decided on Friday: From the coming season, the top Swiss league will be played in the so-called “Scottish mode” (33 plus 5 rounds).
  • It is decided by a ratio of 12 to 8 votes.
  • This does not introduce a playoff model.

In May, Swiss football league clubs voted overwhelmingly to introduce playoffs in the top division. After almost half a year, the play-off has been eliminated again.

At the general meeting in Bern, representatives of the 20 SFL clubs voted 12 to 8 in favor of FC Zurich’s proposal to organize a Scottish-style Super League championship from the 2023/24 season. On the day of the vote, FC Basel, who had previously held back, said in a statement that they were also against the play-off regime.

The resistance of the fan showed up

The opposition to the playoffs has become particularly pronounced in recent weeks. In practically every stadium, the fans were making the mood against the playoffs because they were unfair. Fan groups collected almost 60,000 signatures, even professional players (like Breel Embolo) signed.

The increase of the Superliga from 10 to 12 teams was not questioned on Friday. This was already decided at the May general meeting.

This is how the “Scottish Model” works.

The “Scottish model” initially envisages a three-round match (each team plays 3 games against the other 11 teams). Then the first 6 are divided into «Championship Group» and the other 6 teams into «Relegation Group». Within these groups, each team plays each other, so another 5 games. In the “champions group” it is played for placement in the championship and European cups, in the “relegation group” against relegation and play-offs.

This regime was already discussed for the Super League two and a half years ago, but was rejected then.

By not advancing to the play-off final, the Swiss Football League guarantees that the best team of the season will continue to play for participation in the Champions League in the future. This would not ensure a playoff final between first and second within a maximum of three games.

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