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Scottish FA statement on league reconstruction plans

Scottish FA statement on league reconstruction plans

Scottish football’s two league bodies have agreed a set of principles, to be voted on by their respective member clubs, designed to deliver radical restructuring of the senior game.
 
If the plan is approved by the members, a new league structure, incorporating a pyramid system, will be implemented as soon as practicably possible. Consensus was also reached on a proposal to constitute a new single league body.
 
All 42 senior clubs will now discuss the proposals at the end of the month, plans which are based on the principles laid down in the Henry McLeish Review of Scottish Football:
 
•         Single league body
•         Fairer financial distribution model
•         Promotion and relegation play-offs
•         Pyramid system
 
The new structure proposed incorporates a revised league system with two leagues of 12 and an 18-team league. The two leagues of 12 will then separate into three mini-leagues of eight after 22 rounds of fixtures: the top eight will contest the championship and European spots; the middle eight will contest four relegation/promotion places; and the bottom eight will be involved in a survival series and promotion/relegation play-off matches with the teams at the top of the 18-team league.
 
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “We have made real progress today, and I have been encouraged by the co-operation between both league bodies. The SPL have agreed to a more equitable redistribution of wealth, while the SFL have agreed to opening up a pyramid system for the first time.
 
“We have taken strides towards real change for the Scottish game, and now we must present these proposals to the clubs, who will ultimately decide on the way forward.”
 
Neil Doncaster, Scottish Premier League Chief Executive: “Today’s meeting was a considerable step forward for improving Scottish football. Clubs on both sides have been prepared to make different considerations for the good of the game and the new structure will provide fans with more meaningful matches, while bringing greater financial stability for clubs throughout the leagues.”
  
David Longmuir, Scottish Football League Chief Executive: “This is a significant breakthrough in terms of collaborations between both league bodies today but it’s not the end: it’s the means to an end. We believe that what we are asking the clubs to vote on now is a set of principles that will bring a more exciting product and attract more investment in the game going forward.”