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AYHL has too many teams and is watered down. EHF is a smaller league and has been able to maintain a higher quality overall.

I may be wrong but I think it is the other way around. AYHL has a larger foot print or at least fewer teams per capita ( incl competing leagues).

Exactly !!!!! You are not wrong .

Maybe more per capita population, but per capita hockey players it might be the same or maybe edge EHF. But you are right both high quality leagues.

I think AYHL has a top and bottom division, so that you get more games vs your division with teams closer to your skill level, but don't lose the opportunity to play each team at least once or twice, which is a nice model.