Monday, 19 April 2010

16 Team league and West European Cups

My new idea consists of
a) 16 team premier, b) two new European trophies with other countries, c) plus a North Britain cup for teams who do not reach these two new trophies.
Now my two new European trophies do not take away from Scotland and the other 3 countries taking part in the European cup and European cup these are extra trophies to play in.

1. Make a 16 team league - Playing 30 times a year.
Second division 10 teams 36 games a year.
Third division 16 teams. 30 times a year.

2. Western European Cup
So the big clubs can get more games against big sides have another European trophy with sides from Scotland, Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal, for the top 4 sides in the league from each country.
4 groups of four.
Top two teams qualify for single leg, quarter final. Top teams in each group get home advantage.
Semi final one leg match, decided by home team decided by random.
Final at a neutral venue, in one of the four countries.
This would enable the old firm and other Scottish sides to play sides like Porto, PSportinmg Lisbon, Ajax, PSV Etc:.
Group stage 6 matches
Quarter final one match
Semi final One match
Final One match
total 9 matches.

3. Western European Cup Second Division - A second trophy with these same nations for the next four best nations from each country. In a straight two legged knockout trophy.
This would be the next level of sides from these countries such as Standard Liege,
Mechelen, FC Utrecht etc. This would be enough to get good crowds and a high standard of opposition.
With 16 teams this would be
1st round 2 legs
Quarter Final 2 legs
Semi Final 2 legs
Final 2 legs
Total 8 games.

For the sides who do not qualify for these trophies.

4. A North Britain cup played between the teams in the first division, and the teams in the premier who are not in either of the western European shield trophies.
That is 18 sides.
In the first round, the teams play in 6 groups of 3, in a round robin trophy of groups of 3 one game at home, one game away.
The top sides in the 6 groups go through. The best 2 runners up do as well.
This is followed by a quarter final, semi-final and final of one match each.
The final is a two legged final.
This equals
Group stage two matches
Quarter final Two matches
Semi final Two matches
Final Two matches
Total 7 matches.

Advantages of this idea.
A. More teams get to play old firm
B Old firm get to play more big sides rather than eachother each year but other Scottish sides also get this opportunity.
C. More Scottish sides get experience of European football. Plus against good high quality Western European sides, that are easy to get to.
D The North Britain cup provides another opportunity for sides not in this trophy to play some games.

If the Dutch, Belgians, and Portuguese do not want to take part invite some other European countries. I do not accept UEFA would have an issue with these trophies as there would only be 9 games in the European trophies and it would not be as major threat to the UEFA major trophies with only small nations taking part. Just as they did not stop the royal league or Anglo scottish cups.
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