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Monday, 22 August 2011

Turkish Football Federation to introduce new playoff system

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has announced new plans to change football in Turkey by introducing a new playoff system to determine the champion every season.

The new system will see the top four teams at the end of the season compete in a playoff stage to reach the final in which the league champion will be determined. The new system aims to eliminate all possibilities of match fixing in Turkey.

The playoff system, modelled after the successful Belgian league will see both finalists rewarded with a Champions League place and the third placed team will be put in the UEFA Europa League. The fourth placed team will playoff against the winner from the playoff games between the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth team to grab the last remaining spot for the Europa League.

According to the TFF, the new system is designed to increase competitiveness in the Turkish league and will reward those teams that fight to win till the last minute of the game. The new system has been met with mixed reviews throughout Turkish football with some claiming that the new system favours the big three in Turkish football: Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, and Besiktas.

The TFF is currently under a lot of pressure following the recent match fixing allegations in Turkey. Turkish football needs to be cleaned up the image of football in Turkey needs to be restored to its former greatness. This new system will go a long way to ensure that match fixing in Turkey is stamped out for good.

With Turkey recently announcing formal plans for a bid for the 2020 Olympics, sport in Turkey will be under the public eye more than ever, and football is such a prominent sport that the TFF has needed to make this decision in order for damage to the image of Turkey to be as small as possible. Should Turkey be successful in their Olympic bid and the Turkish league be cleaned up for good, sport in Turkey and infrastructure in Turkey will experience a large development that will benefit everyone in Turkey for a long time.

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