UEFA Announces New 'More Inclusive' Third Club Competition To Start In 2021

UEFA Announces New 'More Inclusive' Third Club Competition To Start In 2021

UEFA Announces New 'More Inclusive' Third Club Competition To Start In 2021

"In addition, the committee made a decision to also use VAR at the UEFA Europa League Final 2019, in the UEFA Nations Leagues Finals 2019 and in the final tournament of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2019".

Video Assistant Referees (VAR) technology will be used in the knockout stages of this season's Champions League and Europa League competitions.

The victor of the new competition will be entitled to participate in the Europa League in the following season. To be more precise, it'll be used from February 2019 when the knockout stages begin.

At their meeting in Dublin, UEFA's Executive Committee finalised plans to introduce the event, with the working title "UEL2", in the 2021 to 2024 competition cycle.

The new third competition will ensure that at least 34 countries will be represented in the group stages of the UEFA club competitions (today, the minimum guaranteed number is 26).

The competition itself - as stated above - will see the 32 teams involved split into eight separate groups of four.

UEL2 games will be played on Thursday nights - like the Europa League - with the intention of giving more countries the chance to be represented in European club competitions.

The new European competition will offer one Premier League club the chance to participate with various other teams from around the continent.

VAR will also be used next year at the Nations Leagues finals and in the finals of the European Under-21 Championship.

As revealed by SPORT a few days ago, UEFA have planned an intensive course to prepare the 17 referees who are now working in leagues which don't use the technology.

"This has been achieved with a strategic approach, and in accordance with UEFA's objective of having both more quality and more inclusivity in our club competitions".

This was in spite of the technology being employed by major European leagues in Europe and the FIFA World Cup finals in Russian Federation this year.

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