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How proposed League One eight-team mini-tournament could work

How proposed League One eight-team mini-tournament could work? Yes, that is something that has been put forward by Darragh MacAnthony.

The Peterborough chairman was vocal at Friday’s meeting on the season, and in that discussion, he suggested an an extended playoffs including Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Peterborough United, Sunderland, Doncaster Rovers, Gillingham.

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The EFL’s framework said that the final League One table would be decided on an unweighted points-per-game basis.

↔ Coventry City – 1.970
↔ Rotherham United – 1.771
↑ Wycombe Wanderers – 1.735
↓ Oxford United – 1.714
↓ Portsmouth – 1.714
↓ Fleetwood Town – 1.714
↓ Peterborough United – 1.685
↓ Sunderland – 1.638
↔ Doncaster Rovers – 1.588
↑ Gillingham – 1.457
↓ Ipswich Town – 1.444
↔ Burton Albion – 1.37
↔ Blackpool – 1.285
↔ Bristol Rovers – 1.285
↑ Shrewsbury Town – 1.205
↓ Lincoln City – 1.200
↔ Accrington Stanley – 1.142
↑ Rochdale – 1.058
↓ MK Dons – 1.057
↔ AFC Wimbledon – 1
↔ Tranmere Rovers – 0.941
↔ Southend – 0.542
↔ Bolton Wanderers – 0.764

It would see the top two sides, Coventry City and Rotherham United, gain promotion.

These games would be live streamed on TV and would benefit Peterborough, Sunderland etc, but Ipswich would miss out via PPG.

It is still early days in getting a final decision, but it is understood that teams would play a quarter-final, semi-final and then a final in a bid to seal promotion. It remains unclear if it will be one or two-legged.

One way to decide who plays who could be similarly to how it usually is, the team in third plays those in tenth, the team in fourth would play the team in ninth etc.

It’s a proposed idea, so not set it stone and definitely going ahead just yet.

Even then, more than 50% of League One clubs would have to vote in favour of the playoffs being extended.

The next meeting takes place on Monday after a outcome couldn’t be agreed on Friday, we’ll then discover whether this proposal is deemed a serious option or not.

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