Brann, Rosenborg and Vålerenga want to cancel top league play-offs – want Scandinavian super tournament
Brann, Rosenborg and Vålerenga were not satisfied with the play-offs in the Toppserien and preferred the Scandinavian tournament alongside the series.
This was revealed in the proposal submitted by the three clubs for consideration by the Swedish Parliament in 2023.
– The play-offs gave us some games at a somewhat higher level, but there was a lack of support around the games, an increased sporting load at a time when we wanted to play in Europe, and it became a demanding uncertainty, says chairman of the board Pål H. Thorsen in Brann Kvinner to BA, who mentioned the problem first.
The three clubs proposed eliminating the play-offs in Topperserien, increasing the number of teams and looking into the possibility of a Scandinavian tournament for the top teams in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Previous arrangements have been tried on the men’s side with the Royal League. It only lasted between 2004 and 2007.
– The Empire League has become a loaded term, but Brann’s men benefit both sporting and financial from it. I know that the Scandinavian confederations want to ditch that idea, but Norway is sticking around, said Thorsen.
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