UEFA is set to introduce a third European club competition alongside the Champions League and Europa League from 2021.
This was confirmed by President Andrea Agnelli in an opening address at the ECA’s biannual general meeting in Split on Tuesday.
“Pending approval of the Uefa executive committee, 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.”
This means the Europa League’s group stage would be reduced from 48 teams to 32, with the new competition and Champions League all having the same number.
In recent, weeks, Uefa has said it is “constantly reviewing” its competitions and has been “discussing various ideas within its Club Competitions Committee before any decision on potential changes would be made”.
Details on the rules, format and the teams going to be involved in the new competition are sketchy at the moment.