Yesterday the AFA committee approved a huge change of the 1st Division for the 2012/2013 season : First and second division will be melt into one league of 38 teams !!
Everything will change : how will the championship be decided, qualification to Copa Libertadores/Sudamericana and relegations.
I still have to find one football fan, or even an unbiased journalist, that agrees with this.
The new format should be approved in October when the mafia...sorry, AFA boss Julio Grondona (the one in the right of the picture...the one on the left doesn't need to be introduced) will be reelected once again.
Hopefully before this date they will realize this is completely madness and will think of a more logical way to organize tournaments (why not a long 38 rounds tournament each season like normal countries do ?!).
The new format (would start in 2012/2013) is still is not 100% decided, but FIFA.com did a little explanation of the idea :
The Argentinian Football Association are to implement a radical change to the country's domestic competition with the top two divisions combining to make a 38-team tournament from 2012/13. The motion, put forward by AFA president Julio Humberto Grondona, has been passed by 15 of the 20 top-flight teams.
The new competition will see the teams split into two zones of 19. Traditional rivals like River Plate and Boca Juniors will be kept apart but would then face each other in 'inter-zone' matches. The top five teams in each zone will advance to the Championship Stage, to define the league winners, while the other 28 will play to avoid relegation.
It means River, who suffered relegation for the first time in their illustrious history in the recently-completed Clausura season, will spend just one season in the second tier before the new format comes into play.