Not a new idea but: FA Cup winners should get direct Champions League entry, that would help re-incentivise that competition.
Totally agree, but the idea has been nixed again this summer by UEFA.
the idea has been nixed again this summer by UEFA.
I didn't realise it was UEFA's decision. I always understood that it was up to the local association how they qualified teams for the Champions League. (cf the angst when Liverpool finished 5th in the Premiership the same season they won the European Cup).
On this morning's radio they were trumpeting the NRL with attendance at games of over 3 million this season. It seems to me that the NZRU's insistance on S14 as our premier level of competition is killing the game locally. It takes 3 and a half months out of our season but only produces, at most, 9 home games a season. The Air NZ Cup only gives teams 5 home games a season, plus play-offs. From the comments above, it is pretty clear we need more games, and to do that something has to give. Hopefully S14's days are numbered.
My thought is we should be mimicking the Champions League Format - Smaller groups, home and away games, then QF, SF and Final. The NZ market might be too small, but a combined Oceania comp could be a goer.
I didn't realise it was UEFA's decision. I always understood that it was up to the local association how they qualified teams for the Champions League.
The criteria have to be the same across the board. Platini is keen to have the national cup winners qualify, but he's also keen to reduce the number of teams from the top countries from four to three.
Aah, I see.
He'll have his work cut out for him there I think. Money talks etc.
I'd rather see Platini in charge of FIFA than the corrupt basteard who's currently in charge.