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Friday, February 8, 2019

UEFA and ECA to consider moving the Champions League to weekends



It has often been said that the Champions League is as close to perfection as you can get when setting up a competitive tournament, yet both UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) continue to strive for more and will assess the plausibility of moving the competition's fixtures to weekends from 2021.

The two entities wish to make this move in what is seen as a forward step in both a sporting and commercial sense, and this is an idea that has been mooted for a number of years.


2018 saw a format cycle begin for the Champions League, and with the television rights having already been sold for this current cycle, no changes to the structure of the tournament can come to pass until 2021. There are a selection of teams who are in favour of the change, although not all of them are, while the idea wouldn't be frowned upon by UEFA. 

At this present moment, this is nothing more than an idea on paper, however Thursday afternoon saw the ECA and UEFA sign an agreement to work together until 2024.

This group is committed to reshaping the face of continental football in Europe with the Champions League and Europa League both the subject of both superficial and structural change pitches. 

Furthermore, there is still the small matter of formalising the brand-new competition that is set to be introduced into the calendar in 2021 with 32 teams set to enter the inaugural edition. 

Whilst there is appetite for some changes to the way European football is structured, the Champions League is considered sacrosanct with regards to existing, and Aleksander Ceferin made clear FIFA's plans for a European Super League would not be backed in any way shape or form.

"There will be no European Super League," he confirmed at UEFA's congress meeting in Rome on Thursday.

Given the well-publicised fact that there are a significant number of high-profile European clubs that would be in favour of such a move, Ceferin is determined to keep the Champions League at the forefront of the footballing universe, and he accepts that to do that there must be evolution.

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