UEFA ALTERS THE LEAGUE FORMAT.

The Union of European Football Association led by ace, Aleksander Ceferin met on the 10th May, 2022, at Vienna, to revise the format of the prestigious, champions league adventure.
The new revision defines the increased number of participants from 32 to 36 teams.
The governing body believes in full house participation rather than only selected few to contest for the premium trophy.
This is to take immediate effect in 2024.

There have been series of deliberations towards this revision, which involves domestic leagues and clubs, but has finally come to a halt on Tuesday, as they all agreed to the proposed format, that will see two additional places awarded to the two countries with the highest UEFA ranking by virtue of their exceptional teams performances in the previous seasons.

THE NEW FORMAT

Under the new format, each team will play eight games within the period of 10 match weeks, meanwhile, UEFA has rubbed off the tradition of giving two spots to elite clubs based on their previous performances in European competitions.

The traditional format sees teams divided up into eight groups of four, with teams playing each other home and away over six games.

The top two clubs in each group progress to the last 16 when it becomes a knockout tournament, with ties played home and away over two legs, before the final at a neutral venue over one match.

But with the new format, there will be only a single league table containing all clubs.

Each club will play eight league stage games against different opponents, with four home ties and four away.

The first top eight will qualify to the knockout stage, while those clubs starting from ninth to 24th will compete again in a two-legged play-off for qualification into the next round.

Uefa implied that “similar format changes will also be applied to the Europa League (eight matches in the league stage) and Europa Conference League (six matches in the league stage) and both will also include 36 teams in the league phase”.

The European Club Association (ECA), applauds and lauds the alteration made by Ceferin and his cohorts to beautify the game and atteact more revenue into the sport.

The ECA, reiterates that, the changes, “meaning that the new-look competitions will have the best start in life, resulting from exhaustive consultations between Uefa and ECA over a number of years that ensure the legitimate interests of all relevant stakeholders are respected – driven by collective rather than self-interest”.

It added: “The new format also gives the opportunity for future growth of European football in a sustainable, responsible and inclusive way.”

Enoch Nana Yaw Dei Lartey