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SWEDISH SEASON TO LAUNCH WITHOUT CHAMPIONS

The Swedish Elitserien will launch a mini-season on August 11, but champions Smederna will not race for a fourth straight league title.

29 / 06 / 2020, 18:22

The Swedish Elitserien will launch a mini-season on August 11, but champions Smederna will not race for a fourth straight league title.

Dackarna, Rospiggarna, Vetlanda, Vastervik, Lejonen, Masarna, Indianerna and Piraterna will battle it out in an eight-team league to become the new champions after Smederna decided against racing a shortened campaign.

Teams will contest eight regular-season matches – meeting each other only once, with a draw taking place to determine which club will have home advantage. The eighth match will be the derby round, which will see each side race a local rival for a second time.

We are very pleased with the solution we have reached for the eight clubs that make up this year's series and look forward to an exciting season.

Mikael Holmstrand

The Elitserien champions will then be crowned in the play-offs, with the teams placed third to sixth competing in the quarter finals to meet the top two in the semis, with the winners advancing to the final to decide the title winners.

Teams will be reduced from seven riders to six to cut costs and make it easier for clubs to replace riders unable to travel to Sweden, with teams offered increased flexibility in the transfer market.

While it is unclear whether fans will be allowed back into stadiums from next month, each club will receive a grant of 560,000 SEK from the Swedish Sports Federation and well as television revenue and sponsorship cash.

Elitserien vice president and media manager Mikael Holmstrand said: "We are very pleased with the solution we have reached for the eight clubs that make up this year's series and look forward to an exciting season.

“We have created opportunities for a sporting and financially good season. Of course, there are different conditions this year and both rules and setups need to be adapted. But of course, supporters, sponsors and riders are well aware of what society looks like right now. The collaboration needed to achieve this has been very good from all these parties.”

Holmstrand paid tribute to the sponsors and local authorities who support the Elitserien sides financially.

He said: “The response from our partners has generally been very positive to our efforts to get started and we are very humbled by this. We will continue to work until the start of the series to find the best possible solutions for all sponsors. If we are to be able to host crowds during the autumn, it is a bonus.”

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