Uefa 'planning third European club competition from 2021'

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It's more likely that the Europa League will be altered by moving from a 48-team tournament to 32.

European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli has said that "the "green light" has been given to introduce a third competition as of the 2021/22 season".

Uefa competitions committee executive Andrea Agnelli confirmed the development.

UEFA now have two club competitions - the Champions League, which features 32 teams in the group stage, and the second-tier Europa League, which has 48.

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The latter of these, comprising domestic cup winners, ceased to exist from 1999.

Agnelli (42), who is also president of Italian champions Juventus and sits on the UEFA Executive Committee, added that the introduction of the new competition would bring the total number of clubs competing internationally to 96 as of the 2012-22 season.

In recent weeks, UEFA has said it is "constantly reviewing" its competitions and has been "discussing various ideas within its Club Competitions Committee before any decision on potential changes would be made".

"Following demands by ECA members to increase the overall number of clubs participating in Uefa's club competitions, the preferred option is to develop a third-tier competition of 32 teams", said a statement published by the ECA.

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Mioduski, Legia Warsaw's owner and president, said there were still a number of issues to resolve but "we are going in the right direction and entering the last stage of discussions".

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

"The current model needs modernising", said Agnelli, 42.

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