Relegation. A word that sparks thoughts of anguish and doom in the minds of soccer fans, players, executives, and owners everywhere. But what actually happens when a club is relegated?
So you’ve been relegated: a guide to what happens next
In leagues that utilize the mechanism of promotion and relegation, which is most soccer setups around the world, clubs shift between the divisions each season.
Depending on the specific league, you might have to finish dead last to be sent down. In others, like the Premier League, multiple teams at the bottom are relegated. Germany uses a playoff system that pits one of the bottom clubs against one of the top teams in the lower tier, with the last spot in the upper division on the line. Every so often a club is relegated as a penalty for breaking rules.
However your club ends up getting relegated, it means being sent down a level.
The initial emotional hit can be devastating. Fans and players are in tears, mentally drained from a long season, and now you’re kicked out of the league.
But from a pure logistics standpoint, in most countries, it affects things very little. The club doesn’t go away. You’ll play a similar number of matches, compete in domestic cups, and even see some of the same opponents throughout the season.
But it can also mean smaller crowds, different travel requirements, selling popular players, and less interest in general in the team.
This Norwich fan probably needed a pretty big ice cream cone to ease the sadness of going down at the end of the 2022 EPL season.
The silver lining to relegation
The idea being promotion and relegation is that teams are sorted together with other similarly skilled clubs.
So, in theory, a very bad Premier League team might be a pretty decent, even very good, Championship side.
Yes, you don’t have the prestige of being in the top tier, but there are decent odds your team will now be winning a heck of a lot more. Instead of…
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Author : Derek Reese
Publish date : 2023-12-03 17:00:00
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