League One and League Two could be decided by an EIGHT-TEAM mini-tournament for promotion… but no teams would go down as two extra relegation spots open up next season
- EFL are considering an eight-team mini-tournament to decide promotion
- All English football was postponed on March 13 due to coronavirus pandemic
- Idea would mean no teams go down but two extra relegation spots next season
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League One and League Two could be decided by the top eight sides in each division taking part in a mini-tournament to earn promotion.
The idea is one of a few being considered by the EFL and was proposed on Friday as shareholders look into the options for finishing the season after the coronavirus pandemic caused all English football to be postponed on March 13.
Ideally, the EFL would still like to complete the season in full over a 56-day period but are aware contingency planning is vital due to the unpredictable nature of the outbreak.
League One and Two could be decided by an eight-team mini-tournament for promotion
The EFL would prefer to finish the season properly in a 56-day period but are considering it
So far, the mini-tournament option would see no teams relegated from either division.
If the idea goes ahead, some interesting stories could unfold. Wycombe Wanderers would be one of the fortunate clubs who would get a shot at promotion to the Championship despite being eighth in the league and eight points behind League One leaders Coventry City.
Another idea being discussed is based on awarding promotion ‘on merit’. This would see the top two teams are promoted from the three EFL leagues and two extra teams would be relegated at the end of following season to allow the original format to be found once again.
There would be no relegated teams but two extra relegation spots would open up next season
If it went ahead, Wycombe, who are 8th in League One, could win promotion to Championship
However, no decision has been made as the EFL continue to follow the Government advice during the lockdown that will last until at the earliest May 7. Even if the lockdown is lifted soon, the governing body insisted they would not begin matches until it was fully safe to do so.
The EFL ensured that no football will be played until ‘suitable testing arrangements’ are in place for the Covid-19 virus.
They released a statement on Saturday afternoon in response to proposals that have been briefed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Premier League football could be returning to TV screens in a matter of weeks.
The league insists that play will not resume unless players can be tested and it will not impede on the testing of the country’s front-line workers.