European clubs group says UEFA is preparing 3rd competition

European clubs group says UEFA is preparing 3rd competition

The chairman of the European Club Association, Andrea Agnelli, confirmed these plans.

The coaches would like the market to close for all the leagues on the same day, but this request is nearly impossible to fulfill because Eastern clubs often expect to know if they are qualified for the Champions League or the Europa League before they decide to invest.

"Pending approval of the UEFA ExCo, the "green light" has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021/22 season", Agnelli said.

Agnelli, who is also on Uefa's club competitions committee as well as being chairman of Juventus, said at the ECA's General Assembly in Split, Croatia, on Tuesday, that "the "green light" has been given to introduce a third of the 2021/22 season". This would increase the number of clubs competing in Europe from 80 to 96.

"UEFA is discussing various ideas within its Club Competitions Committee before any decision on potential changes would be made", the group said in a statement.

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Formerly known as European Professional Football Leagues, the organisation's members include the English Football League, Premier League and Scottish Professional Football League, as well as leagues from 23 other countries.

There is speculation that any new competition could attempt to model the former UEFA Cup Winners' Cup that existed from 1960 to 1999.

The plan for three competitions would create 16 new places and take 16 teams from the current 48-team Europa League group stage.

The ECA has previously called for more clubs to be involved in European competitions and a "greater certainty of matches" for participating clubs.

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