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There Could Be A Major Change To The League Of Ireland From 2018

There Could Be A Major Change To The League Of Ireland From 2018
By David Kent Updated

In September of last year, the Conroy Report suggested a number of changes that the League of Ireland would have to make to improve. According to the Irish Times, we might see one of those implemented from the start of the 2018 season.

Going by today's paper, the FAI board will meet on Tuesday to discuss the re-adoption of a 10-team Premier Division. It comes off the back of a controversial week for the domestic game

That would mean that three sides would be relegated in the 2017 season. The champions of the First Division would be the only promoted side. Thus, the two legged playoff at the end of the season would be scrapped. Under the new system, sides would be required to play each other four times a season.

Fran Gavin declined to comment on whether the proposal was being brought in, but did note that it's up for discussion.

There’s a meeting of the FAI board on Tuesday where the structure of the league is being discussed. We’ll have decisions on fixtures and that before the break

Fans have previously pointed to a single, 16-team tier as the way forward but it's going to be interesting to see the reaction if the division is shortened again. There was previously a 10-team top division introduced in 2009, but it was scrapped in 2012.

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