Maybe getting a bit of misplaced within the furore over the European Tremendous League was UEFA’s announcement yesterday of a new-look Champions League which is able to begin in 2024.
revamped Europa League and a brand new Europa Convention League will even start in the beginning of the 2024/25 season.
Whereas components of the present format will stay – most notably qualification by the home system and group levels – there are some enormous adjustments which have induced controversy of their very own amongst followers and golf equipment.
Chief amongst these is a system whereby historically profitable European golf equipment will probably be parachuted into the competitors regardless of not qualifying for the match.
Right here, UEFA explains the brand new Champions League format:
- Taking the full variety of groups from 32 to 36 within the UEFA Champions League, the largest change will see a change from the standard group stage to a single league stage together with all taking part groups. Each membership will now be assured a minimal of 10 league stage video games towards 10 totally different opponents (5 residence video games, 5 away) somewhat than the earlier six matches towards three groups, performed on a house and away foundation.
- The highest eight sides within the league will qualify routinely for the knockout stage, whereas the groups ending in ninth to twenty fourth place will compete in a two-legged play-off to safe their path to the final 16 of the competitors.
- Comparable format adjustments will even be utilized to the UEFA Europa League (8 matches within the league stage) and UEFA Europa Convention League (6 matches within the league stage). Topic to additional discussions and agreements, these two competitions might also be expanded to a complete of 36 groups every within the league stage.
- Qualification for the UEFA Champions League will proceed to be open and earned by a staff’s efficiency in home competitions.
- One of many further locations will go to the membership ranked third within the championship of the affiliation in fifth place within the UEFA nationwide affiliation rating. One other will probably be awarded to a home champion by extending from 4 to 5 the variety of golf equipment qualifying by way of the so-called “Champions Path”.
- The ultimate two locations will go to the golf equipment with the best membership coefficient over the past 5 years that haven’t certified for the Champions League group stage however have certified both for the Champions League qualification section, the Europa League or the Europa Convention League.
- All video games earlier than the ultimate will nonetheless be performed midweek, recognising the significance of the home calendar of video games throughout Europe.