UEFA has confirmed that Champions League will reform to a competition with 36 teams.
has confirmed some changes in
, which will come into effect in 2024, removing the group stage and making it a single league competition with 36 teams.
Many would suggest this reform as an answer to the competition that some European clubs want to form, and here is what EUFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said about the matter in anofficial statement
“This new format supports the status and future of the domestic game throughout Europe as well. It retains the principle that domestic performance should be the key to qualification and reconfirms the principles of solidarity right through the game and of open competition.
“This evolved format will still keep alive the dream of any team in Europe to participate in the EUFA Champions League thanks to results obtained on the pitch and it will enable long-term viability, prosperity, and growth for everyone in European football, not just a tiny, self-selected cartel.
“Football is a social and cultural treasure, enriched with values, traditions and emotions shared across our continent. As the governing body and responsible stewards of the European game, it is EUFA’s role to safeguard this legacy while leading positive future development of football in Europe for national associations, leagues, clubs, players, and fans at every level. This is why we had an extensive consultation process over the last two years which led to the unanimous backing of our proposal and we are convinced that these reforms achieve those objectives.”