Belgian ‘Big Eight’ want to reduce Pro League from 16 to 14 teams

Het Nieuwsblad are reporting that the ‘Big Eight’ clubs in Belgium want to see the Pro League reduced from 16 teams to just 14. The big eight comprises of Club Brugge, Union St Gilloise, Anderlecht, Antwerp, Genk, Standard and Charleroi. These clubs are behind the idea that the Pro League should reduce the amount of teams that are in the top flight. This was a proposal they put forward to the leagues CEO at Tuesday’s General Meeting of the Pro League.

Should the league reduce for 2025/2026 season, this would be the second time in a handful of seasons that the league has been reduced. During the 2022/2023 season the league had 18 teams, with three sides being relegated and only one being promoted to ensure that the current league only comprised 16. Zulte Waregem, RFC Seraing and Oostende were all relegated, with only RWDM coming up.

This year, two sides will go down automatically, with one side having to face a Challenger Pro League side who win the play-offs in the second tier.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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