UEFA to introduce a third European competition in 2021

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Alongside the UEFA champions League and the
UEFA Europa League , the European Football
authority plans to introduce a third European
club competition from 2021 .
The decision still subject to ratification by the
UEFA executive committee is said to be a strategy
to further boost the body’ s revenue as well as
provide a competition for smaller teams asides
the Europa League .
Head of the European Football Authority (ECA ),
Andrea Agnelli , stated at the general assembly of
the ECA that pending approval , the ‘ green light ’
has been given to introduce a third competition.
Though scant detail was given about the
competition, the Juventus chairman , Agnelli ,
said “ This would bring the overall number of
clubs in European competition to 96 , as of the
2021/ 22 season .”
“ A detailed assessment of the existing
international match calendar is required prior to
presenting a new model post – 2024 . The current
model needs modernising.”
It could mean the Europa League ’ s group stage
will be trimmed from 48 teams to 32 , with the
third European club competition , the Champions
League and the Europa League having the same
number of participants .
UEFA previously had the Intertoto Cup as a third
European cub competition but it was abolished in
2008.

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