A new club competition will be launched in 2021.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin explained a”widespread requirement” for participation at European level had contributed to the formation of this new championship, that will sit under the Champions along with Europa Leagues.
At the beginning of the UEFA cycle, which runs from 2021-2024, the competition will start Having a working title of’ UEL2′.
Eight teams of four will be whittled down following those who finish third at the Europa League and a play-off involving the teams that are second-placed.
Quarter-finals and semi-finals will then follow, prior to a game, the closing\.
“The newest UEFA club competition makes UEFA’s club contests more inclusive than ever before,” Ceferin stated following the executive meeting in Dublin on Sunday.
“There will be more matches for more clubs, with more institutions represented at the group stages. This contest was hauled from continuing conversation with nightclubs through the European Club Association (ECA).
“There has been a widespread requirement by all clubs to increase their odds of participating more regularly in European competitors.
“This was accomplished with a strategic approach, and in accordance with UEFA’s aim of getting both quality and more inclusivity within our team competitions.”
The winner of the tournament that is \will subsequently earn a place in the Europa League.
UEFA added the fixtures will be performed on a Thursday, the identical day as the Europa League, using some games at a new time slot of 4.30pm (Central European Time).
The governing body will leave it to individual associations to determine the criteria be it via league cup or placing\.
ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli welcomed the news, stating:”I am delighted the UEFA Executive Committee has agreed to the changes ECA member clubs are calling .
“We feel this outcome helps to ensure that the UEFA club competitions are still develop in a way which is reasonable and balanced, fulfilling the demands and requirements necessary to make sure that soccer remains the number one sport internationally.
“I would like to add that this entire process is testimony to the strong collaborative efforts of both ECA and UEFA in any way levels.”