During a meeting on Tuesday, UEFA’s plans for a ‘Swiss-style’ 2024 Champions League were not opposed by a single organization.
All 55 member associations, chaired by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, held a two-hour conference call and received an update on the plans to raise the number of clubs participating in the competition from 32 to 36.
Sky Sports News was told that the talks were ‘very positive,’ but a decision would not be taken until an executive conference, most likely in April, involving the most senior European football administrators.
UEFA aims to stop the possibility of a breakaway European Super League with a new structure that will guarantee clubs more games and more income.
At least 10 games against various opponents will be guaranteed for each team and a single league based on the so-called ‘Swiss model’ would replace the existing group stages.
It will raise the total number of games in competition from 125 to 225.
An update on the postponed European Championships this summer was also received by the associations, and UEFA reaffirmed its intention to keep games subject to an ongoing analysis of the coronavirus pandemic in all 12 host cities.
Under the new plans, three clubs are understood to qualify based on their UEFA coefficient, which looks at previous results, meaning that European heavyweights such as Manchester United and Real Madrid may still qualify even though they failed to qualify on the traditional path.
According to European Leagues President Lars-Christer Olsson, giving clubs a qualifying place based on past success in a new-look Champions League format would create a “de facto closed league”