After the pandemic full stop, things are looking up again! With an average of 11,200 fans per game, the Super League has one of the highest figures in the last ten years. But will there be a decline when the playoffs come from 2023?
At least fan curves make a powerful mood against the proposal of the league committee. «20. Mai – Ko i de erschte Rondi för d’Playoffs »is written on a banner of the Lucerne fans. Similar banners can be seen in the curves of GC, St. Gallen, Basel, Sion and FCZ. A recently launched online petition “No to playoffs in the Super League” has so far collected 3900 signatures
What does all this do? The league says on request: “The Swiss Football League welcomes the fact that the fans are actively dealing with the proposals and are also discussing them controversially.” Committee member Werner Baumgartner: “You have to take the fans seriously, they are an important part of the football construct. But we are not afraid of a decline. We are convinced that we offer an attractive solution. It is the best for the increase to twelve teams desired by many! »
What about the Swiss Cup?
Well, a highly exciting May 20th is looming. The question of the cup must also be discussed. How would this one go past the playoffs? According to Blick information, it is suggested to the clubs that the cup final would take place before the start of the playoffs. The cup winner would then no longer intervene in the championship decision – so there would be a bye for another team. That also means: The cup winner should be happy about a European Cup ticket, but the playoff home games didn’t happen.
The cup remains a construction site. First of all, however, the league conversion is pending. And there, according to Blick information, the chances for the playoffs are good. Only champions Zurich, YB and Lucerne have clearly spoken out against it.
A compromise would also be conceivable. Because the increase (requires a more of 14 out of 20 votes), the league division, the individual playoffs and the barrage (each simple more) is voted on separately.
Means: It is possible that although the master playoffs would be crushed, the European Cup playoffs (for the teams ranked 3 to 10) would come through. This would mean that the first two teams would be over after 32 league games. Without further income from playoff home games! Baumgartner calls such a compromise “half warm” – “either completely or not at all”.
Every game less means losses
One thing is clear: When it comes to home games, many clubs are not to be trifled with. St. Gallen President Matthias Hüppi explains in the TVO talk “Zur Sache” that only 32 rounds would not be enough: “The most important thing is that we continue to have 18 home games. Every fewer games brings us losses of up to 400,000 francs.”
It should go up and down in the vote on Friday. And until then too.
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