Ligue 1 in France is the first of the top five European leagues to declare plans to downsize the division from 20 to 18 clubs, with Serie A following suit.
Several of Europe’s top leagues have been forced to reassess their existing structure due to an ever-increasing fixture calendar and low budgets.
The LFP stated today (Wednesday) that four teams will be relegated and only two will be promoted from Ligue 2 in the 2022-23 season, making Ligue 1 the first to take formal action.
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The tournament’s overall number of teams will be reduced from 20 to 18.
Serie A is conducting meetings for similar proposals and has provided a dossier on the financial implications of such a move to the clubs.
For many years, the Italian top flight had 16 or 18 clubs before expanding to 20 in 2004-05.
This was partly owing to the shambles surrounding Catania’s legal battle to overturn their relegation, which was entwined with other legal ramifications stemming from Napoli and Cosenza’s financial misdeeds.