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How new Champions League format would work as FA warns against changes

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UEFA are planning to change the qualification format which would see regularly competing teams protecting their place in the Champions League, while make it harder for outsiders.

The newly reformatted Champions League could come into play from 2024.

UEFA’s decision has the aim of protecting the top clubs from dropping out of the Champions League even if they had a bad season domestically. Clubs competing in the Europa League would also face similar qualification requirements.

Here’s how the new format would work from 2024:

– The Champions League would comprise of 32 teams and initially be selected based on club domestic rankings in the previous four seasons (2020/21 to 2023/24).

– Beyond the first season, it would only be possible for those outside the top four ranking in their country to enter by reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League or winning their domestic title.

– The maximum country cap of five clubs remains.

– The Europa League would comprise of 32 teams and would also be selected based on domestic rankings from the previous four seasons.

– Beyond the first season, it would only be possible to enter the Europa League by reaching the semi-finals of the new Europa Conference League or qualifying via domestic league position

– The new Europa Conference League would comprise 64 teams and be selected based on domestic league position.