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    Reforming of the Romanian football leagues (2017)

    Reforming of the Romanian football leagues (2017)

    Romanian football has experienced a number of major setbacks in recent years. Where the country was at the top of the UEFA Country Coefficients in 2005/2006, it currently has to contend with clubs that can barely keep their heads above water. Sports performance has plummeted and spectator numbers are historically low. To break the negative spiral, Hypercube is investigating which league format suits Romanian football best to attract more Romanians to the stadium.

    Current situation
    The current League I, the highest level in Romania, consists of fourteen teams. After the first phase, in which all teams meet each other at home and once, a playoff and playout follows. The playoff consists of the top six of the first phase and in ten games determine who is champion and who enters Europe. In the playout, the other eight teams are battling relegation in fourteen games.

    The current format has two major drawbacks. First, the teams in the playout only compete against relegation. The top teams of this group are already quite a few round before the end safe and therefore have nothing to compete for. Second, the playout lasts no less than four rounds longer than the playoff. This not only means that the best match days (end of May) are only used for relegation football, but also that Romanian internationals, who usually play for a playoff club, have not played a game for a month before joining the national team.

    The project
    The project started in December 2016 and will run until May 2017. During the project, Hypercube provides an in-depth analysis of Romanian football. In addition, we sit down with all parties involved in Romanian football to devise alternative formats. Hypercube then calculates the impact of these alternatives on dimensions such as sports quality, public interest and finances. With these results in hand, everyone involved ultimately decides which solution is best for Romania.