The BUCS Football season has not reached it’s conclusion just yet, with four teams unsure of their league next season. This where the Men’s Premier North Playoff comes into play. The pressure will be on for Northumbria, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Leeds Beckett. They are going to have to forget the events of the season up to this point, which will be certainly easier for some. This is the case as the BUCS Football Men’s Premier North Playoffs are contested by teams with drastically different circumstances. All will be explained throughout the article.
Ahead of these playoffs getting underway, Freshered has all the information you need. From how the teams ended up in this position, to an explanation of how these playoffs work, we have all the bases covered. The 2022 BUCS Football Men’s Premier North Playoff promises to be full of action. Teams will certainly leave everything on the pitch as they strive for success. Therefore, you are certainly not going to want to miss it.
How do the playoffs work?
The BUCS Football Men’s Premier North Playoff works as you would expect football playoffs to. The four teams have been randomly drawn into two semi-finals, which will determine who will go head to head in the final. In other words, nothing but these teams’ top performances will do.
What is at stake in the BUCS Football Men’s Premier North Playoff?
The prize for the winner of the playoffs is simple. There is more on offer in addition to the bragging rights. Those who come out on top will play their BUCS Football in the top tier on offer: the Men’s Premier North. As a result, you can be assured each team will aim to bring their top performances to these one-off playoff games. However, one of the teams in the playoffs already competes in the top tier…
How have the four teams reached the BUCS Football Men’s Premier North Playoff?
Northumbria are the only team who are not in the playoffs on merit. In short, they finished rock bottom of the 2021/22 Men’s Premier North. However, this could play to their advantage. Firstly, they have spent the season playing against some of the top teams. In addition, they will be wanting to demonstrate they deserve their place in the top tier. But only three wins all seasons mean they have a mountain to climb.
Edinburgh qualified for the playoffs following their first-placed finish in the Men’s Scottish Tier 1. An impressive record of seven wins from ten games saw them clinch the title. However, three losses, including one against second-bottom Heriot-Watt could demonstrate some weaknesses. Despite this, the quality of their league, with 6 points separating first from fifth, shows the ability this Edinburgh team possesses.
Only one loss from ten games justifies Nottingham’s place in these Men’s Premier North Playoffs. The Midlands teams scored at will, averaging over 4 goals a game, so expect goals when this team involved. A highlight of the season will definitely be a 12-0 win in the first game of the season. Moreover, it is not just Nottingham’s attack which deserves celebrating. The team only conceded seven goals on their way to the Men’s Midlands Tier 1 title.
Last, but certainly not least, is Leeds Beckett. The northern side dominated en route to the Men’s Northern Tier 1 title, finishing seven points clear of second-place Manchester. Leeds Beckett earned three straight wins at the end of the season, so the side come into the playoffs in fine form. In a season full of positives, there is certainly one which stands above all the rest. Beckett were able to complete the double over city rivals Leeds on their way to the title.
When are the Playoff Semi-Finals taking place?
The BUCS Football Men’s Premier North Playoffs commence on Wednesday 6th April, with Northumbria host Nottingham for a place in the final. The final line-up will be completed on Wednesday 13th April, when Leeds Beckett travel to Edinburgh.
The final is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 4th May.