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NEW LEAGUE CUP LAUNCHED AS DANISH LEAGUE CUTS MATCHES

Denmark’s Metal Speedway League has launched a new League Cup for 2021 after reducing the number of regular season matches.

02 / 01 / 2021, 15:52

Denmark’s Metal Speedway League has launched a new League Cup for 2021 after reducing the number of regular season matches due to the pandemic.

Eight clubs will meet once at home or away in the regular league season with the top two sides advancing to the four-team play-off final, hosted by the club finishing top after seven rounds of matches.

The sides placed third to sixth will then contest a four-team Semi-Final, hosted by the third-placed team, to decide the remaining two finalists.

We all miss getting out into the Danish arenas to see top speedway, and this is a way to create an intensive tournament, where we also give the companies behind the eight teams good conditions to protect their finances.

Annette Vesterskov

The League Cup will be contested over a four-team format with the teams placed first, fourth, sixth and eighth in the main league table meeting in Semi-Final 1 and the sides placed second, third, fifth and seventh lining up in Semi-Final 2.

The top two clubs advance to the four-team final – hosted by the highest-scoring team over the two semis. Metal Speedway League bosses are also seeking a title sponsor for the new competition.

Annette Vesterskov, chairman of the League Association, believes the new format will offer greater certainty of staging matches at a time when coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

She said: “We see it as an opportunity to create an exciting tournament, while also taking into account the conditions.

“We still have the coronavirus in Danish society, and therefore we have chosen to reduce the number of league matches, so we can run a tournament as planned with greater certainty.”

She added: “With eight teams, the usual structure would make the calendar too crowded and therefore we have decided that the teams will only meet each other once in the basic series, because we have prioritised the safety of getting started again rather than the number of matches.

“We all miss getting out into the Danish arenas to see top speedway, and this is a way to create an intensive tournament, where we also give the companies behind the eight teams good conditions to protect their finances.”

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