UEFA to roll new club competition from 2021/22 season
UEFA are set to roll out a third European club competition from 2021/22 pending the final approval from the executive committee.
The new competition will join the Champions League and Europa League to expand the overall number of clubs involved in European football to 96.
Juventus chief and European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli outlined more details on the proposal.
“These new regulations will be even more effective than the ones we had in place which delivered astonishing results which have just been announced by UEFA,” said Agnelli.
UEFA previously had the Cup Winners Cup which was disbanded in 1999.
The idea is likely to help de-clutter the congested pre-qualifying process and aid smaller nations, such as Scotland, promote their football more and provide more opportunities for their lesser teams to gain experience.
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell previously called for the Europa League to be expanded with his logic that more teams would help to address the competitive balance in domestic leagues.
He said: “We should be looking at supporting our bigger clubs, supporting our clubs in Europe and exporting Scottish football so whatever we do in Europe, or whatever any club participating do, it brings back coefficient points and significant revenue for the league.
.“My view on competitive balance in Europe and in Scotland is about access and inclusion. So negative steps like squad caps, salary caps – these to me are negative and actually harm the development of football. It should be all about inclusion.
“For example, if we can expand the Europa League from 2021 to 2024 maybe from 48 to 64 teams and get the access right, that might mean teams like Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs have a better chance of entering the group stages, therefore gaining transforming finance and therefore improving their competitiveness back here in Scotland.
“So rather than having negative influences we should be looking at far more positive and looking at ways of inclusion and access for clubs from medium to small-sized nations. That, for me, would be the transformer for Scottish football.”