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Champions League And Europa League Changes

Discussion in 'General Football' started by Jordinho, 27 Feb 2018.

  1. Denmark Spur

    Denmark Spur Simon Davies

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    UEFA expected to approve Champions League reform next Wednesday

    UEFA's executive committee are expected to approve a reform to the Champions League next Wednesday.

    The new format will follow the 'Swiss model' and see the competition expanded to 36 teams.

    The Athletic understands there is to be an increase from six to 10 guaranteed games in the new format, which will be introduced post-2024.

    What is the Swiss model?
    It is a new format for the Champions League after this current cycle of the competition, which ends in 2024.

    The 32-team group stage would be eliminated. Instead, there would be a 36-team ‘Swiss model’ league, in which each club will play 10 games: five at home, five away.

    The fixtures will be based on seedings and the teams will be ranked from one to 36.

    The top eight will advance automatically to a 16-team knockout round, and the next 16 teams will go into a play-off round to decide those final eight slots.

    Who would the extra four places go to?
    The UEFA proposal is to give one of the four new slots to the team that finishes fourth in the fifth-strongest league, which is currently France but Portugal is closing in.

    That would mean the 'Big Five' leagues would all have four guaranteed places in the Champions League each.

    European football's governing body is proposing to award the three other slots on the basis of historic performance in European competitions over the previous five seasons. This would provide a safety net for teams with strong European pedigrees that have relatively poor domestic seasons.

    For example, one or more of the Premier League's 'Big Six' could finish in one of the Europa or Europa Conference League positions — fifth to seventh — and be promoted to the Champions League.

    The European Leagues, which represents 36 domestic leagues in 30 countries, believes this is unfair and would distort domestic and European competitions.

    They want those three extra slots to go to the domestic champions of leagues that currently have to come through the qualifying rounds.

    This could mean the champions of countries such as Denmark, Scotland and Switzerland no longer have to play a tricky qualifying round to get to the Champions League.

    What about the financial impact?
    This is unclear. The financial distribution is probably not going to be settled next week.

    The new format would mean Europe’s elite clubs playing each other more often and so there would be more high-profile matches.

    That would appeal to broadcasters.

    Is there anything else I need to know?
    Yes. The European Leagues are concerned 10 guaranteed games is too many and that four extra exclusive mid-week matchdays would make life very difficult for domestic leagues and cups.

    https://theathletic.com/news/uefa-champions-league-reform-latest/6JlYBNK13RPM
     
  2. billyiddo

    billyiddo Steve Sedgley Staff Member

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    That 'historic performance' bit is worrying - first step towards a closed shop
     
  3. monkeybarry

    monkeybarry Jimmy Neighbour

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    Rewarding failure
     
  4. MKSpur

    MKSpur John Lacy

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    When they say historic does this mean Forest and Villa get a spot as ex winners ahead of PsG and Emirates Marketing Project?
     
  5. Baleforce

    Baleforce Paul Miller

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    Liverpool.

    They mean Liverpool.
     
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    jts1882 Simon Davies

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    Forest and Villa won't count. A cut-off of three should deal with inconveniences like that.
     
  7. Jordinho

    Jordinho Bill Brown Staff Member

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    Not only will the big clubs still get to take part when they've had a poor domestic campaign, they'll get a bigger share of the money just because they've been in the competition more times than others.
     
  8. scaramanga

    scaramanga Sonny Walters Staff Member

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    I don't like it, but could accept the fact they earn more money.

    The competition makes a lot of money from having the big clubs in it.
     
  9. Jordinho

    Jordinho Bill Brown Staff Member

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    Jordinho Bill Brown Staff Member

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    How will the 2024/25 competition change?

    The pivotal change in the reforms announced by the UEFA Executive Committee after its meeting on 19 April 2021 is the departure from the current format’s opening 32-team group stage. The present Champions League season begins with participants divided into eight groups of four. From the 2024/25 season, there will be a single league made up of all 36 competing clubs. This will give four more sides the opportunity to compete against the best clubs in Europe.

    Under the new format, teams will play four matches more than is currently the case. They will no longer play three opponents twice – home and away – but will instead face fixtures against 10 different teams, half of them at home and half of them away. This gives the opportunity for clubs to test themselves against a wider range of opponents – and also raises the prospect of fans seeing the top teams go head to head more often earlier in the competition. The new format should mean that there is more to play for right up until the final night of league action.

    How will the four additional spots be allocated?

    Qualification for the Champions League will continue to be open and depend on a club’s final position in the previous season’s domestic league competition. The additional four slots available in 2024/25 will be allocated according to three different criteria:

    • Slot one: awarded to a club from the country placed fifth in UEFA’s national association coefficient rankings. Each association's coefficient is based on the results of its clubs’ performances in five previous Champions League and Europa League seasons.
    • Slot two: awarded to the domestic league champion with the highest club coefficient among all other domestic champions that have not automatically qualified for the Champions League’s league stage.
    • Slots three and four: awarded to the two clubs with the highest club coefficients that have not qualified automatically for the Champions League’s league stage, but have qualified either for the Champions League qualification phase or the Europa League/the Europa Conference League (due to start in the 2021/22 season).
    How will the last 16 take shape?

    The results of each match will decide the overall ranking in the new league, with three points for a win and one for a draw still applying.

    While the top eight teams will advance automatically to the round of 16, those sides placed between ninth and 24th will enter a play-off round. Those who finished between ninth and 16th will be seeded in the play-off draw, meaning they will face a team placed 17th to 24th – with home advantage in the second-leg match. Teams who finish 25th or lower will be eliminated, with no access to the UEFA Europa League.

    The eight clubs who prevail in the play-offs will then progress to the round of 16 where they will each face one of the top-eight finishers.



    I can see coefficient based entries to the different European competitions becoming more prevalent in the future. You qualify through your league position or by winning a cup and get placed in the competition most suited to your ranking.

    Say top 20 teams go straight to the CL. The rest have to go through qualifying rounds.
     
  11. 3DSpur

    3DSpur William Gallas

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    Seeing the protests at Chelsea today, I almost died laughing when I seen this sign doing the rounds:

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    Selective memory or what!?
     
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  12. Robbo

    Robbo Pedro Mendes

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    They probably signed up as fans when Chelski started to win stuff, and didn't bother to read up about the past.
     

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