Uefa set to introduce third European club competition

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who also serves as the chairman of the European Club Association and is a member of UEFA's executive committee, revealed that "the green light has been given" for a third tournament.

The new competition has been discussed for several years and when it is rolled out in the 2021/22 season, it will see the total number of clubs involved in European football expanded to 96.

European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli has said that Uefa are clearing the way for the return of a third club competition, two decades after the disappearance of the Cup Winners' Cup.

All three subjects are part of FIFA-led talks to agree on a new worldwide calendar beyond 2024 - the year when widespread changes to soccer can take effect, Agnelli has said.

Agnelli has been vocal in the past of his desire for big European teams to play more matches against each other with fewer domestic games.

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In a statement sent to AFP, European football's governing body confirmed only that it is "constantly reviewing the format of its competitions and is looking at a variety of options in this respect".

The Cup Winners' Cup had acted as Europe's third club competition until it was scrapped in 1999, with domestic cup winners now entering the Europa League. The Champions League format isn't expected to change.

"It is nearly obvious that a third competition will be added".

This means the Europa League's group stage would be reduced from 48 teams to 32, with the new competition and the Champions League all having the same number.

Agnelli, also the president of Serie A champions Juventus, called for "more worldwide [European] games and less domestic" matches earlier this year.

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