Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

UEFA announce plans to introduce new European competition

UEFA announce plans to introduce new European competition

A third UEFA club competition is set to be introduced from the 2021-22 season.

It was an idea first put forward in 2015 and should offer more chances for Scottish clubs to progress in European football.

Agnelli, who is also on Uefa's club competitions committee as well as being chairman of Juventus, said at the ECA's General Assembly in Split, Croatia, on Tuesday, that "the "green light" has been given to introduce a third of the 2021/22 season".

All three subjects are part of FIFA-led talks to agree on a new global calendar beyond 2024 - the year when widespread changes to soccer can take effect, Agnelli has said. Agnelli also repeated his call from previous year for a drastic overhaul of the worldwide match calendar, which is drawn up by global soccer body Federation Internationale de Football Association and allocates dates for national team games.

In a statement, Uefa said it is "constantly reviewing the format of its competitions and is looking at a variety of options". The Champions League format isn't expected to change.

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ECA vice chairman Dariusz Mioduski said a third competition could help close a growing "financial gap and participation gap".

The suggestion is that Europa League would see a reduction in the number of teams participating and the new competition would be focused primarily on teams from smaller nations.

"Increased participation by smaller and medium associations has been achieved", said Mioduski, a director at Polish club Legia Warsaw. The admission criteria for this new competition are still to be determined along with the importance of it in comparison to the Europe League.

Back then, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said proposals were "just discussions".

This means the Europa League's group stage would be reduced from 48 teams to 32, with the new competition and the Champions League all having the same number.

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