Liga proposes reduction to 16 and change in the ‘socks’ of the Portuguese Cup

The Liga Portugal presented this Wednesday the conclusions and proposals for regulatory changes resulting from 37 meetings that eight working groups were holding throughout the season.

Among the proposed changes is, as Maisfutebol came to report, the reduction of the League to 16 teams in 2022/23 to avoid an overload of the sports calendar in a season that will coincide with the World Cup in Qatar, between November and December, and also to allow the preparation of the new UEFA cycle for the 2024-2027 quadrennium .

Still in relation to professional competitions, it is suggested the creation of a playoff (to a game) between the 3rd and 4th classified in the II Liga at home of the best placed team. The winner then discusses, against the 16th place in the League, a place in the top echelon of Portuguese football, and this formation would also be applied in the new League 3. This proposal, however, only advances in the original terms in case of lead reduction proposal.

Changes to the League Cup format are also proposed, which are intended to be played in three distinct phases. A first that will integrate 16 teams from the II Liga plus 12 from the main level (all except those that qualified in the previous year for European competitions); another one among the 14 teams qualified from the initial phase plus two present at the Europa Conference Cup (the new UEFA competition); and a third to be played in a group stage with the eight teams that pass the second stage, plus the four best ranked teams. This means that each group will have three teams, and the winner would advance to the final-four.

The conclusions will now be taken to the Regulatory Working Group, which is responsible for presenting proposals to amend the League Regulations.

The Competitions Working Group also proposed that the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup (a competition that takes place under the FPF’s authority) should be played one-handed and on a neutral field.

(updated article)

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