President Ceferin: “UEFA has clearly shown today that we are fully committed to respecting the fundamental values of sport and defending the key principle of open competitions, with qualification based on sporting merit, fully in line with the European sports model.

“Today’s decisions conclude an extensive consultation process during which we listened to the ideas of fans, players, coaches, national associations, clubs and leagues – to find the best solution for the development and success of European football.

“We are convinced that the format chosen strikes the right balance and that will improve the competitive balance and generate solid revenues that can be distributed to clubs, leagues and into grassroots football….”

The new Champions League format – commencing from 2024.

  • Four more teams.
  • One league instead of group stage.
  • Two places for teams ‘with strong European record’ that miss out through league qualification.