Premier League golf equipment have main considerations that plans to increase the Champions League will result in “unfeasible” fixture congestion, and the potential for European matches to be staged on the identical day as top-flight home video games.
Up till now, there was an settlement with UEFA that there must be no conflict between Champions League matches and Premier League video games, with the weekend protected for home fixtures.
However Sky Sports activities Information has been advised there are widespread considerations that UEFA’s plans might be unworkable, and will result in European and home video games going face to face – particularly if proposals are pushed via for 10 Champions League group matches per crew from 2024 as a substitute of the six matches at the moment performed.
UEFA has already dedicated to increasing the Champions League from 32 groups to 36 from 2024. That was voted via with out fanfare at their govt committee assembly final month.
We perceive the Premier League is at the moment lobbying UEFA for less than two additional matches per crew within the group phases as a substitute of the proposed 4. That may take the whole variety of video games within the group phases to eight per crew.
Below the present system, there are 125 Champions League video games in complete per season. If the match is expanded to incorporate eight group video games per crew, that might imply 64 extra matches – 189 in complete (a 50 per cent improve), whereas 10 group video games would result in 100 extra video games, and a complete of 225 Champions League matches all through Europe, over the course of the match – a 80 per cent improve.
Some officers have advised Sky Sports activities Information that such a sizeable growth may properly result in a drop in UEFA income, as a result of broadcasters throughout Europe is likely to be postpone from bidding for the rights to host the match. UEFA guidelines dictate that broadcasters who win the rights should present all matches, and never cherry-pick the very best.
The brand new “Swiss format” which UEFA has proposed is anticipated to be ratified subsequent month by its govt committee – although there are murmurings amongst European officers that UEFA could also be compelled to compromise.
The plans embrace 36 golf equipment multi functional “convention”, whereby every crew is drawn to play eight or ten totally different opponents, based mostly on UEFA’s “coefficient” – which implies these groups who’ve completed higher in European competitions traditionally might be seeded greater, and play extra of their group video games towards lesser opposition.
The highest 16 groups within the convention will then progress to the knockout phases, the place the format will stay the identical as now. There’ll now not be residence and away video games towards the identical opposition till the knockout phases.
Elsewhere in Europe, there are considerations that UEFA is pandering to the elite English golf equipment by providing them increasingly locations within the Champions League, on the expense of smaller footballing nations. At present, the champions of 44 European nations should pre-qualify for the Champions League earlier than they’ve the possibility of reaching the group phases.