MURI – The Swiss Football Association (SFV) decided to increase the Promotion League from 16 to 18 teams and the 1st league from 14 to 16 teams for the coming season.
In addition, the previous restriction of a maximum of four U21 teams from clubs from the Super League or Challenge League in the third-highest Swiss division will be lifted in the Promotion League. At the end of the current season, the SFV awards two wildcards to U21 teams from the 1st and 2nd national leagues, which entitle them to promotion to the next higher league.
The three top division groups will also be increased by two teams from 14 to 16 each from next summer. According to the state of affairs from Liechtenstein’s point of view, this concerns USV Eschen / Mauren and FC Balzers. At level 2 interregional league, in the medium term, i.e. up to the 2023/24 season, a restructuring towards four groups of 16 teams is targeted. So far there have been six groups of 14 teams each.
With the game class structure, the SFV wants to sustainably promote and challenge young talents in a cross-league interplay. “This reform should allow even more talents to gain as much match practice as possible at the highest possible level and at the same time the regions will gain strength”, explains Sandro Stroppa, President of the SFV Amateur League.