Excitement as UEFA announces third club tournament which starts from 2021

Silvia Morton
September 12, 2018

A third UEFA club competition is set to be introduced from the 2021-22 season, the head of the association representing Europe's biggest clubs said on Tuesday, Skysports reports.

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.

After final approval from the executive committee UEFA will be working on this tournament to reward domestic success with continental competition and to maximise the organization's revenue.

It was an idea first put forward in 2015 and should offer more chances for Scottish clubs to progress in European football.

For 28 years (from 1971 to 1999), the European Cup - which was rebranded the Champions League in 1992 - the Uefa Cup - rebranded the Europa League in 2009-10 - and the Cup Winners Cup coexisted.

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Andrea Agnelli, stated at the general assembly of the ECA that pending approval, the "green light" has been given to introduce a third competition.

The launch of a European Super League has always been mooted, but it is claimed the new competition will instead be aimed at teams from the continent's weaker nations. This would increase the number of clubs competing in Europe from 80 to 96.

"These new regulations will be even more effective than the ones we had in place which delivered astonishing results, which have just been announced by UEFA", he said. The current model needs modernising.

A detailed assessment of the existing worldwide match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024. Others claim the football calendar is already busy enough.

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