Champions League: Group-stage revamp plans presented to Premier League shareholders

The Premier League has presented their shareholders with UEFA’s proposals for modifications to the Champions League format, with a serious reshaping of the group stage on the agenda.

UEFA’s most well-liked possibility consists of scrapping the round-robin stage – the place presently eight teams of 4 golf equipment play one another residence and away – and changing it with a format wherein the 32 golf equipment would play 10 totally different opponents and qualification would come from one league desk.

Europe’s main leagues will maintain a web-based assembly on Friday to talk about the plans, which might additionally embrace a rise from 32 groups to 36, in addition to a change to the coefficient used to seed groups.

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Sky Sports News understands varied views have been expressed in the course of the Premier League’s assembly on Thursday.

The present Champions League format typically ends in ‘lifeless rubbers’ with the highest groups qualifying with a sport or two to spare.

UEFA hopes the brand new mannequin would enable for extra video games that matter, producing greater revenues and better fan curiosity.

UEFA hopes to scale back the variety of 'lifeless rubbers' the present group stage format produces

The plan, dubbed the ‘Swiss mannequin’, has but to meet any main resistance and was backed by European Club Association chief Andrea Agnelli, the president of Juventus, though he indicated he might push for a broader growth.

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“I think it is a great system because it is scalable. The number of games you play in the early stages can be a non-predetermined number of games,” he mentioned final week.

The leagues will probably be eager to be sure that any growth of European membership competitions doesn’t encroach on home soccer and have been clear they won’t settle for weekend Champions League fixtures.

The European Leagues organisation additionally needs to see a rise in ‘solidarity funds’ from European competitors income to home soccer and a assure that qualification to competitions will proceed to be based mostly on home league place.

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