What you need to know about Belgium’s play-off system
The Jupiler Pro League play-offs have been controversial since their introduction. The system was introduced to make the league more financially viable and with more matches between the big clubs.
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How the Jupiler Pro League works ?
During a regular season, the 16 clubs in the league are divided into two groups’face twice. The top six teams in the league are then placed in a pool that is divided into two groups’face each other twice in a mini-league. These six teams start this pool (“Play-offs 1”) with only half the points that they had in the previous round’they won in the championship proper.
After the required 30 “Play-off” matches, the winner of “Play-off 1” is declared champion and goes directly to the group stage of the Champions League The second-placed team will go to the qualifying rounds of this tournament, while the third-placed club will enter the Europa League.
At the end of the classic season, the teams that finish from 7th to 14th place are divided into two groups of four. The best teams in each group are selected’The top teams in each group play each other (at home and away)’five times) to determine the winner of Play-off 2. This team then meets the’The team that finished in 4th place in the “Play-offs 1”, the prize being an entry into the Europa League. Thus, a team that finishes 14th can eventually qualify for the’Europe; Racing Genk the’made in 2009-2010, the first season where play-offs were introduced, after finishing 11th in the league under Franky Vercauteren.
Meanwhile, the teams that finish 15th and 16th in the table are the ones that have the most points’play each other five times ! It s’Play-offs 3″, the’the team that finishes 15th with a three-point advantage and can play three of the five home games. On the basis of the points accumulated after these five games, if all five are necessary, the winner enters another league play-off series with the teams finishing 2ᵉ, 3ᵉ and 4ᵉ (more or less, but that’s how it works’The first option is to use the data from the Belgian second division to determine who will enter / stay in the Jupiler Pro League (this is more complex than that). L’The advantage of the play-off system is that any team that loses the five-game mini-series (between 15th and 16th place) is relegated directly to the second division.
Advantage of the play-off system
The play-off system is excellent if you are a fan of the’s strongest soccer clubs. Not only do the top-ranked teams get longer soccer seasons and more playing time, but they also get a second chance if they are struggling early in the season.
The Belgian Pro League, with its Play-off system, puts more the’focus on airport performance’It’s a team at the end of the season that’s in the middle of the action’at its beginning. The first weeks and months are always important, of course, as they play a role in the success of the team’accession of’one team in the play-offs. However, if a team starts the season playing average soccer and finishes in great shape, it will still have a chance to win the championship.