As UEFA shapes up the new Champions League format, which is due to go into effect in 2024, the institution may drop its plan to award two straight qualifying places based on clubs’ UEFA coefficients.
UEFA may make changes to its new Champions League formula. If the format is to come into force from 2024, the European Institute is considering a possible revision of the project for the allocation of two places according to the UEFA coefficient of clubs. According to the Times, the meeting, held next month, promises to be important, while some celebrities are pushing for revision, or even abandonment, of the project.
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Verdict on May 10
Initially, the reform provided that the two clubs with a good UEFA coefficient and those who failed to qualify for the Champions League through their championship would benefit from tickets to the group stage, made up of four places. had gone. This could be the case for example this year for Manchester United, the 9th club in the standings (105,000 points), who are only 5th in the Premier League. The UEFA Executive Committee will make a decision on 10 May, knowing that the project is still under study.
From 2024, 36 teams, and no longer 32, will compete in the Champions League in a single “championship”. Each team will play ten matches against ten different opponents. The top eight teams in the overall standings will qualify for the Round of 16, while teams ranked between 9th and 24th will play the play-offs to try to join them. Teams that finish 25 or more will be eliminated without being relegated to the Europa League. The new format will put more burden on the calendar but will be a boon for French clubs, who will benefit from three or four qualifying places.