European Leagues welcome late UCL changes but warn money split post-2024 is key

May 13 – The European Leagues have welcomed the last-minute changes to UEFA’s re-configured Champions League structure that will come into force post 2024 and were approved by UEFA’s executive committee and congress this week.

Recognising “UEFA’s meaningful engagement and efforts to address in its decisions the leagues’ major concerns”, the European Leagues Board of Directors, meeting yesterday, in particular noted the dropping of the proposed two Champions League qualification places that would have been awarded on historical rather current performances (the club coefficient access path) as well as the expansion of the number of group stage matches by two match-days instead of the proposed four.

“The European Leagues will now review the details of these historical changes to UCC, after almost three decadeswith the same competition system. The leagues will particularly focus on the impact these decisions will have on the scheduling of both domestic and post 2024 UCC matches,” said a European Leagues statement.

Emphasising financial sustainability and “a balance between European and domestic club football that can help the game at all levels to thrive”, the European Leagues the upcoming discussions and negotiation on how post 2024 revenues are distributed is now crucial.

“To implement a fairer post 2024 UCC revenue distribution model will be key to grant the long-term financial sustainability of all professional football clubs and players and preserve the dream of all fans groups in Europe to see their local club achieving sporting success,” said the statement.

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