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European leagues urge UEFA to decide the Champions League qualification on sporting merits ONLY

UEFA is urged to decide on the Champions League qualification based on sporting merit ONLY, as the body of European leagues, including the Premier League, calls for ‘scrapping entirely’ plans to allow two clubs to enter for a historic performance

  • UEFA clarified changes to the Champions League format from 2024
  • The new format reserved two ranking spots based on historical performance
  • European Leagues has called for the classification to be based on sporting merit
  • The changes included a new 36-team league instead of the eight groups of four.


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The European Leagues have called for the “total rejection” of plans to grant two clubs qualification for the new Champions League based on their historical performance.

The governing body of European football, UEFA, approved major changes to the Champions League format from the 2024-25 season onwards on April 19, including a new 36-team league that replaces the existing eight groups of four. .

The announcement of the new format, which was completely overshadowed by the formation of a European Super League hours earlier, also reserved two qualifying places for clubs that had been left out of the Champions League by conventional means but had the best coefficient of punctuation. .

The Champions League, which Chelsea won this year, is set for a 2024-25 makeover

The Champions League, which Chelsea won this year, is set for a 2024-25 makeover

Members of the European leagues, including the Premier League, are concerned about the prospect of clubs surpassing their teams in the national league table as a result.

The European leagues also remain concerned about the number of extra games: 100 in total.

He said in a statement on Friday after his General Assembly in Milan: ‘The sporting merits (of the last season) are the decisive factor to win or lose matches and competitions and therefore to participate (or not) in national competitions. and international. Earn it on the field.

“The coefficient as a classification or (income) distribution tool for a future UEFA club competition should be discarded entirely.”

The European leagues issued a statement on Friday stating that teams should 'earn their place on the pitch'

The European leagues issued a statement on Friday stating that teams should 'earn their place on the pitch'

Under the chairmanship of Aleksandr Ceferin, UEFA announced the changes to the tournament in April.

Under the chairmanship of Aleksandr Ceferin, UEFA announced the changes to the tournament in April.

European Leagues Managing Director Jacco Swart (left) said UEFA and its president Aleksander Ceferin had promised a ‘second stage in the process’

European Leagues managing director Jacco Swart told reporters that UEFA had promised a ‘second stage in the process’ next spring where he expected the issues his organization was struggling with would be addressed.

Claus Thomsen, a member of the European Leagues board of directors, also warned of the threat of a Super League in another form, possibly an expanded Club World Cup.

“The Super League, of course, is not something that will be on the table tomorrow, but it is a trend that everyone should be very aware of, and it will come, and may come, in other ways and become a de facto Super League.

“The Club World Cup, if it expands widely, could become a de facto world Super League.

European Leagues board member Claus Thomsen (above) warned of the threat of the European Super League coming in another form, such as the Club World Cup.

European Leagues board member Claus Thomsen (above) warned of the threat of the European Super League coming in another form, such as the Club World Cup.

European Leagues board member Claus Thomsen (above) warned of the threat of the European Super League coming in another form, such as the Club World Cup.

“We have to take care that football is based on national competitions, sporting merits and that we have an exciting competitive balance in all our national competitions because that is what drives us as a culture in Europe and not just as a commercial company.”

The inaugural version of an expanded Club World Cup was scheduled to be played in China earlier this year, but was suspended indefinitely to allow for the rescheduling of Euro 2020 and the America’s Cup.

FIFA’s head of world football development Arsene Wenger said that the possibility of hosting the competition will be discussed again once issues related to the international match schedule have been resolved.

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