The number of teams in the Men’s F-liiga will be reduced for the 2022-23 season to 12 teams. At the same time, the number of matches is increased as teams play a triple series.
The most visible part of the reform is to reduce the number of teams by two teams. There are still 14 teams playing in the F-liiga this season and next season, but the number will drop to 12 after that.
The reduction will be implemented in such a way that two teams will drop out of the main series by the end of next season, the season 2021–22. In addition, the team on 12th place will compete in the qualifiers together with the 1st Division top seven teams. The winner of the eight-team qualifier will receive a place in the F-liiga for the 2022-23 season.
– Both F-liiga and the 1st Division clubs have been involved in planning the reform from the start. The key roles have been played by the F-liiga management team and the 1st Division development team, but the plans have been discussed with all the main league teams, League Manager of the Finnish Floorball Floorball Federation Jani Holopainen informs in a press release published on Wednesday.
The number of matches in the regular season will increase, as instead of the current double series, the F-liiga will be played as a triple series in the future. The F-liiga currently has 26 regular season matches per team. After the reform, the number of games will increase to 33.
– It’s great to see how the clubs are committed to developing the F-liiga and 1st Division together. The competition for future league places will only get tougher, F-liiga CEO Kimmo Nurminen comments.