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Football in Sulivannia [WIP] (unformatted)

Football, officially called association football, or less commonly, soccer, is the most popular sport in Sulivannia.

History

The sport was first played in 1881, and the Sulivannian Association Football Federation (SAFF) was established in 1898, to promote the sport in the national level.

League Football

The Sulivannian football league system or the Sulivannian football pyramid is a series of interconnected football leagues for association football clubs.

It consists of five tiers denoting the geographic extent of the managed leagues, where higher-numbered tiers cover smaller geographical areas, from national leagues to district leagues. There are 17 levels, and 11 official levels where the league structure is consistently defined. Some Tier 1 clubs (often Level 1, and rarely Level 2) have secondary teams containing their reserve players, often in Level 4 and below, but no two teams of the same club can operate in the same tier and the secondary team cannot be promoted or relegated out of their existing tier. The average league contains nine clubs.

In the 2021 football season, there are five tiers containing 17 levels, 5074 individual leagues, and 44,681 participating clubs.

The pyramid has always operated under a promotion and relegation system to a large extent. All leagues are under the management of the Sulivannian Association Football Federation (SAFF), established in 1898. The level of management decreases for progressively higher-numbered levels, and mainly focuses on Level 11 and above leagues.

A league structure similar to the present was adopted the 1900s decade. Until 1985 a club could be promoted and relegated to different levels but were prevented from moving to different tiers, except when a team performed exceptionally well or poor, and for financial opportunities such as expansion clubs. Hundreds of clubs were 'promoted' and 'relegated' in this manner. From the 1985 season, the SAFF reorganised its management and installed a more open promotion and relegation system. In 2016 the current format was developed - in Tier 1 two 32-club leagues became three 30-club leagues. The table below indicates the league structure the number of clubs participating in each tier, level, and league in the 2021 season.

National Football (Tier 1)

Level

League

Clubs per League

Promotions

Relegations

1 ('top flight')

Sulivannian Championship Football League (1st step)

30

0

4

2

Sulivannian Premier Football League (2nd step)

30

4

4

3

Sulivannian National Football League (3rd step)

30

4

4

Regional Football (Tier 2)

Level

Leagues

Number of Leagues

Clubs per Level

Clubs per League

Promotions

Relegations

4

Regional Football Associations Leagues (1st step)

8

108

10-18

-

-

5

Regional Football Associations Leagues (2nd step)

8

120

10-20

-

-

State and Territorial Football (Tier 3)

Level

Leagues

Number of Leagues

Clubs per Level

Clubs per League

Promotions

Relegations

6

Combined State and Territorial Associations Leagues (1st step)

20

308

8-20

-

-

7

Combined State and Territorial Associations Leagues (2nd step)

20

336

8-23

-

-

8

State and Territorial Associations Leagues (1st step)

47

507

6-17

-

-

9

State and Territorial Associations Leagues (2nd step)

47

540

7-18

-

-

County Football (Tier 4)

Level

Leagues

Number of Leagues

Clubs per Level

Clubs per League

Promotions

Relegations

10

Combined County Association Leagues (1st step)

188

2162

6-18

-

-

11

Combined County Association Leagues (2nd step)

188

2259

6-19

-

-

12*

Combined County Association Leagues (3rd step)

273

2546

6-15

-

-

13*

Combined County Association Leagues (4th step)

273

2781

6-16

-

-

14*

County Associations Leagues

748

6432

4-16

-

-

15*

County Associations Leagues

748

6473

4-16

-

-

District Football (Tier 5)

Level

Leagues

Number of Leagues

Clubs per Level

Clubs per League

Promotions

Relegations

16*

Combined District Associations Leagues

1145

9035

4-14

-

-

17*

Combined District Associations Leagues

1358

11164

4-14

-

-

Cup Football

The Sulevani National Cup is the oldest knockout competion in Sulivannia, established in 1902. The competition is open to clubs in levels 1-11 and over 500 teams participate annually.

Cup Competitions

League

Participating Clubs

Eligibility

Sulevani National Cup

~500

Levels 1-11

Sulevani League Cup

~1000

Levels 5-13

Schedule

Football typically runs from early February with pre-season, club friendlies, and exhibition matches to early December with the Grand Final of the Sulivannian Championship Football League, though regular seasons typically operate during the period between early March to late November.

League Competitions

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Sulivannian Championship Football League (finals in November and December)

Sulivannian Premier Football League and Sulivannian National Football League (promotion play-offs in November)

Tier 2

Tiers 3, 4, 5

Cup Competitions

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Sulevani National Cup [Levels 1-11]

Sulevani League Cup [Levels 6-13]


See also:

Link2022 Sulivannian football season (ongoing)

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