UEFA Set To Bring In Third European Club Competition

Florence Fletcher
September 11, 2018

A third European club competition could be introduced alongside the Champions League and Europa League from 2021, according to the head of the association of Europe's biggest teams.

Andrea Agnelli, stated at the general assembly of the ECA that pending approval, the "green light" has been given to introduce a third competition.

Agnelli, who is also the chairman of Juventus, said: "These new regulations will be even more effective than the ones we had in place which delivered astonishing results which have just been announced by UEFA".

Uefa confirmed last month that it was "constantly reviewing the format of its competitions and is looking at a variety of options in this respect".

All three subjects are part of FIFA-led talks to agree on a new worldwide calendar beyond 2024 - the year when widespread changes to soccer can take effect, Agnelli has said.

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

While this is undoubtedly attractive to the clubs, many of whom are among the ECA's 232 members, it is likely to cause alarm at European Leagues, the organisation that represents leagues in 25 countries, many of whom are already concerned about the effect UEFA prize money has on the competitive balance of their competitions. This would increase the number of clubs competing in Europe from 80 to 96.

But instead of that they will now have to play their first home game of this season's Europa League group stage, against Eintracht Frankfurt on September 20, in an empty Stade Velodrome.

Agnelli, also the president of Serie A champions Juventus, called for "more worldwide [European] games and less domestic" matches earlier this year.

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