Plans to revamp the UEFA Champions League into a 36-team format were agreed officially after a new meeting by clubs on Monday.
News of the Revamp Champions League comes the day after 12 top European football clubs, including six from the Premier League in England, announced plans to join a newly formed and separate European Super League instead.
The controversial new UEFA Champions League format is expected to start in the year 2024 and run until 2033, and usa casino online will be looking forward to its start.
A plan to announce this development last month was scrapped amid disagreement over club involvement in the administration of the tournament.
The new UEFA Champions League format will see 36 European football clubs qualifying for an enlarged ‘first phase’, where all clubs involved will play against 10 oppositions of varying muscle.
This will mean a league table will exist, with the top eight clubs qualifying for the knockout stage and the next 16 clubs going into a play-off for the eight slots remaining.
The new Champions League format has been heavily criticised by supporters’ club and groups, not least because two of the additional 4 slots will be allocated based on performance in the past, to the football clubs with the highest Uefa co-efficient ranking that did not automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League – but did qualify for another European tournament.
If the process was in existence this campaign, Liverpool – depending on the eventual outcome of the domestic cup tournaments – and Chelsea would have been the clubs who would benefit.
The heavy criticism around this new format is that it would rob off the basis of qualification being around the position on the log as a club could qualify for the UEFA Champions League despite finishing much lower in the league table than aside in the same league that could not make it.
The criticism appears to have resulted in the formation of the European Super League.
A statement indicated that 6 Premier League heavyweight teams will be joined in the newly-formed League by Serie A giants AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan, as well as La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Three more teams could join for the inaugural campaign which will start “as soon as practicable”. Only German Bundesliga clubs have referred to sign up for the ESA.
Chief executive of Bayern Munich Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the Bundesliga side have had no involvement in the ESL plans and feels the competition would not solve the financial problems of clubs’, and online pokies also agreed with this point.
He said on Monday: “We are confident that the current structure in football guarantees a reliable foundation.
“FC Bayern are fully behind the reforms of the Champions League because it is the right step to take for European football development. The modified group stage will create more excitement in the competition.
“It is sad to believe that the Super League will solve the financial difficulties of European clubs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is better for all clubs in Europe to work together to ensure that the cost structure, like players’ salaries and agents’ fees, are brought down with revenues, to make everything better.”