SuperLeague proposes Greek Cup changes to EPO
On Tuesday, the Greek SuperLeague proposed changes to the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) in regards to the current format of the Greek Cup.
Olympiacos, AEK, and Asteras Tripolis took the initiative in proposing formatting changes to Greek Cup, something that was agreed upon during Tuesday’s SuperLeague Board of Directors meeting. The Superleague will propose these changes to EPO: abolishing the group stages of the Greek Cup to be replaced with single knockout matches up until the quarter-final stage, where two legs will be played. The Cup will continue to include teams from both the Greek SuperLeague and the Greek Football League, with teams playing in the lower category (Football League) proposed to play the single knockout matches at home. If teams are paired to play from the same League, a draw will determine which club will play at home.
The hope is that the new format will increase the element of surprise (upsets) in the competition while removing games from the already jam-packed season’s schedule. The current format consists of a Round of 32 Group Stage (3 games per team) followed by a two-legged knockout format system from the Last 16 until the semi-finals. The final is played at a neutral location.
EPO, who is the organizing body of the Greek Cup, will have the final say as to what will be the competition’s format for the new season.