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Soccer: J-League passes on autumn-spring season proposal


Soccer: J-League passes on autumn-spring season proposalThe J-League on Wednesday decided to pass on a proposal to adapt to a European-style autumn-spring season.

The league, which had been mulling the proposal put forward by the Japan Football Association, reached the decision at an executive meeting for first and second division clubs, saying predicted minuses regarding business and operations currently outweighed the pluses of Japan being more competitive on the international front.

"There were concerns about revenue and the use of venues after the switch and the conclusion was that (changing to an autumn-spring format) from 2015 was impossible," said J-League Chairman Kazumi Ohigashi.

The J-League season currently kicks off in March and runs through early December, but the league had been looking at the possibility of switching it in 2015 to fall in line with the format for the European season which kicks off in August.

The J-League will continue to look at ways to switch to the season calendar.

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