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Clubs study reduction of the I Liga to 16 teams – ZAP

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The possibility of reducing the I Liga to 16 clubs from the 2022/23 season spearheads a series of proposals to amend the regulations of the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP), the organization announced today.

In a statement, the entity chaired by Pedro Proença informs that the competitions working group estimates that this measure can avoid “an overload of the sports calendar, taking into account the proximity to the Mundial2022, allowing the preparation of the new UEFA 2024-2027 cycle ″.

On the agenda is also the proposal for creation of a ‘play-off’ with a single hand between the third and fourth classified in the II Liga, at the place of the third placed, whose winner would then compete for access to the I Liga with the 16th placed of the top echelon, in a format extendable to the newly created Liga 3, that will start from next season.

In the conclusions of the competitions working group there is also the possibility that the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup, under the aegis of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), will return to the format of eliminations in a single game, this time on a neutral field.

Me and League Cup would undergo a new competitive makeover, with the first round counting 14 clubs, between 16 from the II League and 12 from the I League, to a second level, which would be joined by the two Portuguese participants in the future UEFA Conference League.

In dispute there would be eight places for the group stage, which would also integrate the four best classified in the first step in the previous season, and the winners of the four groups, each with three teams, went on to the ‘final four’.

The set of proposals coming out of the LPFP’s Annual Days also equates the possibility of licensing of six alternative stadiums by that entity, if interdictions or suspensions of enclosures arise in the two professional levels.

As for the remaining seven working groups, the monitoring of the implementation of the Adept’s Card, framed by the development of a centralized ticket sales platform for the respective areas covered.

Other conclusions are the reflection on the legal framework for the training of coaches, the increase of awareness and reinforcement of inspection actions in the fight against piracy and the adoption of a more efficient and comprehensive model of investor scrutiny.

In the financial chapter, it is suggested to reduce the VAT on tickets for sports shows to 6% and to establish a fair and equitable distribution of the revenue obtained from sports betting.

After 37 meetings, spread over eight months of work, these conclusions will be taken to the Regulatory Working Group of the League of Clubs, which will deliberate on possible regulatory changes to the governing body of professional football.

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