Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

UEFA Approves Creation Of Third Club Competition

UEFA Approves Creation Of Third Club Competition

The UEL2 and the Europa League will follow the same format: eight groups of four teams, with the group winners entering the last 16.

A third European club competition with the working title "Europa League 2" will be introduced from 2021.

Games will be played on Thursday alongside Europa League fixtures, with the Champions League continuing as usual on Tuesday and Wednesday.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: 'We are ready to use VAR earlier than initially planned and we are convinced that it will be beneficial for our competitions as it will provide valuable help to match officials and will allow to reduce incorrect decisions'.

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"As already decided during the September meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee, VAR will then also be used in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, as of the play-off stage of the competition, and at the 2019 UEFA Super Cup".

LaLiga, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 introduced it for this season, joining Serie A, the A-League and MLS in using video assistants.

There will also be a third time slot created for fixtures, kicking off at 16:30.

UEFA had originally meant to introduce VAR from next season, starting in the the Champions League qualifying playoffs in August.

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At least 34 teams will be represented in the group stages of UEFA competitions thanks to the creation of this tournament, an increase from the current total of 26. All member associations will have access to the three club competitions and all associations will keep the same overall access quota as now. "This has been achieved with a strategic approach, and in accordance with UEFA's objective of having both more quality and more inclusivity in our club competitions". After the match, the president of the Italian referees' association issued a statement admitting an error had been made.

"This competition was born out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association".

The new European competition will offer one Premier League club the chance to participate with various other teams from around the continent.

The Champions League last 16 gets under way in February next year.

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