UEFA’s new Champions League plan faces concern from domestic leagues

The newest Champions League reform plan is faring higher than a failed club-driven proposal two years in the past, although Europe’s prime leagues stated they’ve issues after discussing it on Friday.

UEFA-led talks on approving adjustments for the 2024-25 season are steering away from a conventional group stage towards a single league desk that provides all 36 groups 10 video games every in a variation of the ‘Swiss System’ format created in chess tournaments.

That format guarantees to boost membership prize cash by giving UEFA 180 group-stage video games to promote to broadcasters as a substitute of the present 96.

It additionally wants to seek out 4 additional midweek slots in an already busy program for domestic leagues.

“The European Leagues have raised strong concerns about more matchdays of such a flexible system in an already very congested calendar,” the 30-nation group stated after a web-based assembly.

Entry to the Champions League from domestic success can also be key for the leagues, who need title winners in mid-ranking international locations to get their likelihood on the most important stage.

The UEFA proposal additionally suggests a number of the additional 4 entries when the present 32-team format is expanded may go to groups primarily based on their historic file in European competitions.

Rewarding groups primarily based on their UEFA rating could be a security web for storied members of the influential European Club Association who don’t qualify on benefit.

European Leagues stated its members “also questioned the possible impact of access (to UEFA competitions) as well as commercial components on the sporting and financial balance of domestic leagues.”

The leagues need extra UEFA prize cash — this season is price virtually 2 billion euros ($2.three billion) to the 32 Champions League groups — directed towards closing the wealth hole between golf equipment in European soccer.

Still, there’s a extra strong base for progress than the earlier negotiations which collapsed 18 months in the past.

“The vision based on the so-called ‘Swiss Model’ is an improvement compared to the more radical proposals that emerged in 2019,” the leagues stated.

UEFA will temporary its 55 member federations on Tuesday on the competitions proposal, which additionally impacts the Europa League and the third-tier Europa Conference League that begins subsequent season.

Agreement on the 2024-25 proposals are possible earlier than UEFA’s annual congress of members on April 20, to be held in Montreux, Switzerland.

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