UEFA Announces the 3rd Tier of European Football

Rohit Ganguly  |  Just in  |  2 Months Ago

   In an exclusive move to engage more football teams in playing football in Europe, the UEFA Executive Committee has approved the emanation of a third UEFA club competition for the 2021-2024 competition cycle in its meeting yesterday at Dublin.


   The new competition will mirror the existence of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League and will be featuring 32 teams in the group stage. It is currently being in the gestation period with the working title of UEL2.


   The format will see eight groups of four teams followed by the round of 16, quarter-finas, semi-finals and final.


   An additional knock-out round will be played between the second-ranked teams in their groups and the teams ranked third in UEFA Europa League just before the round of 16.


   The new competition will feature 141 matches over 15 match weeks, exactly like the UEFA Europa League.


   The winner of the new competition will be allowed to participate in the UEFA Europa League in the following season.


   The new competition matches will be played on Thursdays. As such as the UEFA Champions League continued to be played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the UEFA Europa League and the new competition will be played on Thursday with one additional kick-off time slot for a limited number of matches in principle at 16:30CET to be further defined.


   All club competition finals will be played in the same week: Wednesday (new competition), Thursday (UEFA Europa League) and Saturday (UEFA Champions League).

   The new third competition will guarantee the participation of 34 countries in the group stages of UEFA League competitions (today the guaranteed number is 26).

   All member associations will have access to three club competitions and all the associations will keep the same access quota as currently.

   UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin cited, “The new UEFA club competition makes UEFA's club competitions more inclusive than ever before. There will be more matches for more clubs, with more associations represented in the group stages. This competition was borne out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association.”


   He also stated, “There was a widespread demand by all clubs to increase their chances of participating more regularly in European competition. This has been achieved with a strategic approach and in accordance with UEFA's objective of having both more quality and more inclusivity in our club competitions."


   The UEFA Executive Committee today approved the competition format and the access list for the new competition. An increased minimum financial guarantee for all the clubs in the UEFA Europa League and the new competition has also been included. The detailed revenue distribution and solidarity systems and other details, such as the competition name/brand, coefficient system, and commercial strategy will be finalised during 2019.


   There will be no further changes made to the format which has been concocted for the new competition.


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