6 May 2022 - 2:57 PM
“All or nothing” as talks on future of European club competitions go down to the wire
- UEFA Executive Committee meet Tuesday to ratify a decision on the Champions League’s future.
- Face off between elite clubs, broadcasters and ECA versus European Leagues and best of the rest on whether the Champions League group stage should be increased from 6 to ten matches, and whether UEFA should award places based on co-efficients.
- Why it matters: To lure big clubs away from breakaway “Super Leagues”, a revamped Champions League dictated to their own desires is the biggest disincentive to rebel again.
- The perspective: Co-efficient places and extra games may be intrinsically linked. Broadcasters and big clubs want more games, but only if they pit the biggest clubs together and create “meaningful” events.
UEFA faces a key week as the body convenes to decide on the future of the Champions League.
On Tuesday its executive committee meets in Vienna where it is expected to ratify several key issues regarding its club competitions post-2024.
Key amongst these will be the number of matches clubs will play when they embark on a new “Swiss model” and also which clubs get the two of the four additional Champions League
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