August 18 – UEFA are reportedly considering ditching the controversial plan to award two Champions League places based on historical success following criticism from leagues across the continent.
Earlier this year 10 European football associations wrote to UEFA expressing serious misgivings about the future format of the Champions League post-2024. The ten asked UEFA to guarantee that access to the new-look competition will be based on domestic league positions rather than historical criteria.
The plan to award slots based on past achievement would technically make it easier for clubs to qualify for the Champions League if they finish outside their leagues’ allotted places, effectively creating a safety-net for bigger clubs.
Now, according to several publications, UEFA are reviewing the idea, with its Executive Committee due to meet next month.
The revamped Champions League will increase the number of teams competing from 32 to 36 every season and add four extra games for each club, scrapping the group phase in the process.
But the likely increased fixture build-up has threatened domestic cup competitions across the European leagues.
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