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SPL Clubs Vote In Favour of Merged League

Tue 7th May 2013 | Football Governance

Scottish Premier League (SPL) clubs have voted unanimously on a package of measures that would deliver a merged league in time for season 2013/2014.

At a meeting today at Hampden Park, all 12 clubs agreed to a formal proposal to deliver a range of changes which will include a single merged league of 42 clubs and a divisional structure of 12-10-10-10.

Chairman Ralph Topping commented: "I am pleased that SPL clubs have today agreed on a way forward for the game in this country.  We have tremendous sympathy with the SFL1 clubs and their plight and with their shared ambition for a 42-club solution. 

"Much work needs to be done in a short space of time to achieve our objective of a single merged league this summer.  But, where there is a will, there is a way.  The time for action is now."

Initial plans to restructure the Scottish leagues were dealt a blow last month after St. Mirren and Ross County vetoed plans to introduce a 12-12-18 structure. It then emerged last week that a number of Scottish Football League clubs had threatened to quit and join a breakaway league.

The agreed principles include:

- a single merged league of 42 clubs, in line with the stated preference of SFL1 clubs
- a 12-10-10-10 divisional structure
- an all-through distribution model involving substantial redistribution to the second tier
- a ‘pyramid’ for the entire game
- play-offs involving team 11 in the SPL and teams 2, 3 and 4 in the division below


Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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