SFL clubs to consider 12-12-10-10 league restructure plan
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The Scottish Premier League has told the Scottish Football League clubs gathering at Hampden that they have no problem with a 12-12-10-10 set-up.
On Monday, , possibly for next season.
With some SFL clubs fearing an 18-team tier would create too many meaningless matches, a new plan has emerged.
It would involve expanding the number of senior clubs by two to 44.
The 30 SFL clubs have discussed the options at their meeting at the national stadium in Glasgow but a formal vote did not take place.
Instead, a vote by 29 of the clubs - Rangers, as an associate member, do not have a vote - will most likely take place in March, with 75% needing to agree to the proposal for it to be ratified.
"There was a distinct mood that we still are keen on a full 42-club solution to take the game forward and that's what we got," said SFL chief executive David Longmuir after Thursday's meeting.
"We were talking principles - one league body, pyramid, governance, distribution - and it was a very good meeting.
"All 30 clubs gave their indication that they wish us to take the meeting and the detail forward now, so that's what we'll do. We'll look at the combined rulebook.
"We'll need to bring it back in a more formal package to the 30 club and allow them to make a much more informed decision.
"Any change is deliverable if there is a will and a consensus. We want to see an improvement in the game.
"Whether or not it is achievable for next year is another matter and that will be determined by what we can do over the next few weeks and months."
The SPL says it had suggested a 12-12-10-10 formation to the SFL board but that its member clubs had preferred a three-tier plan.
Earlier, in mid-November, the SFL clubs had unanimously voted for a 16-10-16 structure for season 2014-15.
Of course, if the 12-12-10-10 format is backed by the SFL clubs, then there will be five tiers in Scottish football once the bottom four of the top tier and the top four of the second tier form a mini-league after 22 matches in their respective divisions.
There would be play-offs between the third and fourth tiers but it is not yet known what the movement of teams would be between the second and third tiers.
Also, the clubs would have to decide how they will add two more clubs to the ranks of the proposed new league that will be run by one body, following a merger of the SPL and SFL.
For example, will certain clubs be invited to apply, or will there be a general call for applications?
Ross County and the two teams that formed to create Inverness Caledonian Thistle emerged from the Highland League when the leagues were restructured in the 1990s and that league may provide a new recruit.
Similarly, the East of Scotland Football League, featuring teams such as Spartans and Edinburgh City, may have clubs interested in switching divisions.
A 12-12-10-10 set-up may suit Rangers, who currently enjoy a 20-point lead in the Third Division.
They were angered by the suggestion that they could win the league title but still find themselves playing the same teams next season as they have faced in the current campaign.
That's at least 17 of yer ID's attempting to create a cliche ?
Yet another borefest to OWN
Jeez - the braintrust at Hampden are excelling themselves.
Netherlands 6m 36 teams
Denmark 5.5m 24 teams. Regional structure below that
Sweden 8.5m 32 teams. Regional and pyramid below that
Scotland 5m 44 teams. No regional structure, no pyramid
It just works. We don't need al this half split method NONSENSE.
3 divisions of 14, 3 up 3 down, 1 playoff spot.
Or 2 divisions of 21, with same up and down. or if you really want, 4 up 4 down.
Set ups like these are simply, and some fans my disagree, but I find it much more appealing.
North/East & South/West divisions (including SPL 'B' teams) then regional & local leagues. (The German model)
To make up lost fixtures; 2 legged LC matches before semi final stage. Expand SC to include ALL juniors. Introduce a Super Cup competition.
I made this model on FM13, it works, it also works rather well in Germany.
New SPL top 12 with split!
How is this going to save Scottish football?
Get rid if these muppets now!
From next weekend ALL fans should leave their match with 10 minutes to go.
If we are not listened to, then the following weekend ALL leave with 20 minutes to go and so on until we are listened to.
- We want fewer, but bigger divisions (such as 20/22) so clubs only meet twice each season in the league
- No "splits"
- No play-offs either
- Promotion/relegation to Highland League/Easy of Scotland League
They don't know what they're doing.....
Are they mental
14 14 14 the only idea that makes sense well done Mr Green you have the best idea but your not a load a vote on the matter
I am a Dunfermline fan before I'm accused being a GERS fan
To suit grabing Rangers TV revenue you mean.
The only show in town !!!