UEFA is considering a total renovation of the Champions League, according to the British newspaper The Guardian. One of the changes being considered is to cut the group stage to 16 teams.
The changes have been suggested by clubs in England, who believe they fall behind because of the huge revenue generated in the Premier League.
The new format will also lead to the smaller clubs not being equally represented in the group stage.
The idea is that it would lead to more interesting matches, which in turn increases the interest in the tournament.
It will ultimately lead to more sponsors who contribute with more money so that the larger clubs receive more money.
- UEFA keeps a continuous dialogue with all stakeholders and clubs in all matters concerning football. Any plans to change the structure of the club tournament will be coordinated and negotiated with them. Currently it is not applicable during the contract period 2015-18, said a spokesman for the European Football Association.
Thus, any changes will not be implemented before 2018.
The changes being proposed are two mini-series of eight teams where the teams face each other both home and away, which will mean 14 matches per team.
In addition, a qualifying system for the group stage will be introduced, where the top-seeded clubs are not included, which in turn will decrease the chances of facing "smaller" clubs in the group stage.
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