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Top-up and deciding matches: Switzerland decides on league reform

The Swiss football top flight will soon be topped up. But that is not the only change that was decided on Friday.

At an extraordinary general assembly of the Swiss Football League (SFL), club representatives decided to increase the football top flight in the country of the Swiss: From the 2023/24 season, the highest league will no longer play with ten teams, but then with twelve. In addition, there will be a new three-tier mode with deciding matches at the end of the season.

It is the result of years of discussion in the SFL. On Friday, the representatives of the 20 professional clubs decided by a large majority in favour of the increase. And for the necessary change to the playing system, which will then look like this: First, all twelve clubs will play a home and away match against each other, followed by home and away matches between the clubs ranked 1 to 6 and 7 to 12. After 32 matchdays, there is a third stage with deciding matches for the championship title, for European places and against relegation.

Transitional season 2022/23 without direct relegation

The 2022/23 season will be used as a transition season, there will be no direct relegation to the 2nd division. The first-division last-place team will go into a relegation (“barrage”) against the third-place team in the 2nd division, and the top two will go directly up if they receive a licence. There will also be no direct relegation from the 2nd division.

The Swiss Football Association (SFV) must also agree that there will be 22 professional clubs from 2023, two more than at present.



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