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League I: 12 teams to play on basis of play-off and play-out system

Almost a year after it was launched, the idea of lowering the number of teams playing in League I is making the headlines again after CFR President Iuliu Muresan proposed a new competition system that would see 12 teams playing on the basis of a play-off and play-out system, Hotnews informs. “I believe the number of teams should be lowered because this 18-team league is unrealistic. There is an option that was discussed with Mircea Sandu too and that it’s liked. There should be 12 teams playing on the basis of a play-off and play-out system,” CFR Cluj President Iuliu Muresan stated on Transylvania Look TV. The 12 teams would be distributed on the basis of season results. Thus, the top six would fight for the title, while the other six would fight to avoid relegation. The idea is not new, Mircea Sandu pointing out last March that the play-off system would be beneficial for hiking the level of the football championship. “It would be a richer competition, think about how many games we would have between the championship’s big teams,” Mircea Sandu stated in 2011. Here is how League I would look in Mircea Sandu’s vision: it would have 14 teams; it would be based on the play-off system; the season would start on January 15 and end in December; stadiums would have roofs and heated pitch; the playing level would considerably improve following these measures.

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