Only the top four sides should play A-League finals

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The A-League finals series needs to be reduced from six sides to four in order to make it more competitive for clubs and more entertaining for fans.

The 2020/21 A-League season has been one of the most competitive in recent memory, but the current finals model which includes half the competition is a terrible reflection of this.

Many have claimed the current system rewards mediocrity as a team which just scrapes into the top six needs to string three wins together to be crowned champions.

Reducing the available finals spots to only four will make it more difficult for sides to play finals but will ensure only the deserving sides are given the opportunity.

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With the current finals period lasting three weeks, reducing the number of teams playing finals would also free up the opportunity to play semi-finals over two legs.

The new system would be similar to what we see in the English Premier League play-offs in which they determine the final promotion places through home and away ties.

The highest ranked side would play the lowest ranked side, while second plays against third. The winner of each match would be determined by the aggregate score after the two legs.

This guarantees the fairest result as it removes instant elimination and gives every side the benefit of a home crowd advantage.

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Fans are key for finals football as they help to create a unique atmosphere that is not often seen during the regular season.

The A-League has struggled with low crowds recently so it would be great for the game if fans from every finals side were able to watch at least one home finals match.

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.

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