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SBD Global/April 3, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Scottish Football Association Survey Reveals Fans Want Larger Top Division

A supporters' survey shows that "the majority of Scottish football fans would prefer a larger top league run by a single body, with no more than three senior divisions," according to the SCOTSMAN. The survey found that over half of nearly 7,000 Scottish football fans queried "would prefer to see a larger top division." Supporters also felt merging the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League "would be beneficial." The success of Scotland's national side is "not linked to success or otherwise" of Scottish Football Association. Fifty-one percent of supporters "expressed a desire to see a 16-team top division," with 18% preferring a league made up of 18 teams. Other variations, including both greater and fewer numbers of teams, did not achieve a "definitive alternative." The survey "was conducted prior to the introduction of the suggested 12-12-18 model," while only 9% of fans surveyed listed a 12-team league as their preferred option (SCOTSMAN, 4/2).

To view the survey in full on the Scottish FA website, click here.

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