What you need to know about the play-off system in Belgium
Jupiler Pro League playoffs 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 compete against each other’play twice against. The top six teams in the league then play in a pool that is divided into two groups’compete twice again in a mini-championship. These six teams start this group (“Play-offs 1”) with only half the points that they would have received in the previous round’they won in the championship proper.
After the required 30 play-off games, the winner of the first play-off is declared champion and goes directly to the next level group stage of the Champions League The second-placed teams advance to the qualifying rounds of this tournament, while the third-placed club enters the Europa League.
At the end of the classic season, the teams finishing 7th to 14th are divided into two groups of four. The top teams in each group are then divided into two groups of four’These six teams then play each other (home and away) to determine the winner of “Play-off 2″’The two teams will then play each other (at home and away) to determine the winner of the “Play-offs 2.”. This team then meets the winner of the second play-off’The first weeks and months are still important, of course, as they play a role in the team that finished 4th 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 World Cup’Europe; Racing Genk l’In 2009-2010, the first season in which the play-offs were introduced, after finishing 11th in the league under Franky Vercauteren.
Meanwhile, the teams that finish 15th and 16th will be in the play-offs’face five times ! It s’is the “Play-off 3”, the’team that finishes 15th with a three-point advantage and can play three of the five home games. Based on the points accumulated after these five games, if all five are needed, the winner enters another Play-off series with the teams finishing 2ᵉ, 3ᵉ and 4ᵉ (more or less, but c’It is more complex than that) of the Belgian second division, to determine who will enter / stay in the Jupiler Pro League. L’The 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 great if you are a fan of the team that loses the’one of the strongest soccer clubs in Belgium. Not only do top-ranked teams get longer soccer seasons and more playing time, but they also get a second chance if they struggle early in the season.
The Belgian Pro League, with its Play-offs system, puts the’focus on the performance of the team’one team at the end of the season that’at its inception. The first few weeks and months are still important, of course, as they play a role in the success of the competition’accession of’a team in the Play-offs. However, if a team starts the season playing average soccer and finishes in top form, it will still have a chance to win the league.