Champions League: UEFA will decide on Monday on a new format for 36 teams from 2024 onwards Football News


The new format of the Champions League of 36 teams from 2024 is set by the UEFA Executive Board for final approval on Monday.

The decision was initially expected on March 31, but was postponed because some clubs from the Association of European Clubs asked for a bigger word on commercial issues for the new competition.

However, meetings of the ECA board of directors and UEFA’s club competition committee on Friday paved the way for a new button. It is understood that the differences that led to the first delay were removed rather than resolved.

The expanded format worries the Premier League and many other European domestic competitions, while fan groups wrote an open letter to ECA President Andrei Agnelli criticizing him on Friday morning.

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The governing body of European football will also make the final decision on the venues for Euro 2020, while Bilbao, Dublin and Munich will be the three that have yet to be confirmed from the original 12.

The Champions League Executive Board will vote on whether to abolish the current group system – where 32 teams are divided into eight by four pools – and replace it with a single league with 36 teams.

Each team plays 10 games on an initial basis – four more than in the current group stage – in the so-called ‘Swiss model’, which Agnelli previously described as ‘ideal’, in part because it allows the flexibility to add even more games to the future.

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The new format takes the Champions League from 125 to 225 games, which would create a big headache for domestic planners. EFL chairman Rick Parry says it would be a “major threat” to the Carabao Cup, and the Football Association has also written to UEFA to express its concern.

Interfering with the competition in January – which is usually left free for domestic club football – is taken as another concern for the Premier League.

The top eight leagues would automatically qualify for the final 16 knockout stages, with the teams finishing ninth and 24th in the playoffs for the remaining eight places.

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FIFA council member Alexei Sorokin, who heads the organizing committee in St. Petersburg, says players do not deserve to play in front of empty stadiums at Euro 2020.

The award of two of the additional four seats to the parties based on previous European performances has also proved controversial.

The team could still qualify for the Champions League on the basis of a ‘historic odds’ as long as it has done enough in the country to finish in a Europa League or Europa League position.

This has led to concerns about integrity at the Premier League level, where a team that finished in seventh place could skip teams in fifth and sixth place into a more lucrative competition.

Discussions on commercial competition control will continue, and fan groups linked to clubs across Europe with ECA board members – including Arsenal and Manchester United – have signed an open letter in an attack on Champions League reforms, describing them as an “obvious power grab”. “.

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“Instead of achieving your alleged goal of‘ building a thriving, sustainable and socially responsible football industry ’, you will only widen the gap between the rich and others, destroy domestic calendars and expect fans to sacrifice even more time and money,” the letter read.

“All for the benefit of whom? Several already wealthy clubs, investment firms and sovereign wealth funds, none of which have the legitimacy to decide how to run football. Even most ECA members lose out on the proposed reforms.

“Such a blatant grab of power would be indefensible in the best of times, but at the height of a global pandemic it’s nothing more than crisis profiteering – not to mention the stark contrast of solidarity shown by fans.”

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