Title: Comparing league formats with respect to match importance in Belgian football
Authors: Goossens, Dries
Belien, Jeroen
Spieksma, Frederik
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: K.U.Leuven
Series Title: FBE Research Report KBI_0830 pages:1-21
Abstract: Recently, most clubs in the highest Belgian football division have become convinced that the format of their league should be changed. Moreover, the TV station that broadcasts the league is pleading for a more attractive competition. However, the clubs have not been able to agree
on a new league format, mainly because they have conflicting interests. In this paper, we compare the current league format, and three other formats that have been considered by the Royal Belgian Football Association. We simulate the course of each of these league formats, based on historical match results. We assume that the attractiveness of a format is determined by the importance of its games; our importance measure for a game is based on the number of teams for which this game can be decisive
to reach a given goal. Furthermore, we provide an overview of how each league format aligns with the expectations and interests of each type of club.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Research Center for Operations Research and Business Statistics (ORSTAT), Leuven
Research Center for Operations Management, Leuven

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