Football Promotion In The Age Of Virus

The young miss and I follow soccer on most of the world’s continents. I’ve noticed that leagues are hand-wringing (not washing) over what to do to make things fair in a system where good teams are promoted up and the bottom teams are dropped down a level. Games are suspended, and if the curve stretches out like the diagrams, sport could be shut down for months.

For the England-Wales system in the UK, here’s a thought or two.

  1. Declare the Premier League and the three leagues below finished with four champions.
  2. Restart when we get the all-clear with a half-season of eight leagues rather than four.
  3. The main leagues, EPL, Championship, One, and Two play with sixteen teams, and a fifteen-match schedule through the Fall.
  4. “In between” each league, four relegated teams and four promoted teams play a schedule of fourteen matches.
  5. In each in-between league, the top four are promoted and the bottom four are relegated.
  6. For 2021, the main leagues return to full size, playing a half-schedule (19 or 23 matches) to complete the competition.
  7. As for seeding to the “in-between” leagues, every team with a reasonable chance of promotion or relegation have a playoff to go up or down into the in-between leagues.
  8. Teams higher in the standings would get home matches in any playoff.
  9. Teams in automatic promotion places would get draw-odds in any match. In other words, the lower-placed team would need to win, and the higher team need only draw.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Football Promotion In The Age Of Virus

  1. Tom McClusky says:

    I’ve been following Liverpool since my sister married a Liverpudlian 18 years ago. I’m finally enjoying a sure league trophy season. I can only wait until the rival fans start calling it “not real” even though none of them had a chance to catch them. That will be forgotten.

    • I think everyone concedes Liverpool is the champion. The British soccer braintrust doesn’t get out of the season without that. MLB is delaying 2 months I see. Finishing soccer in Europe simply isn’t going to happen before next Fall.

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