UEFA puts future Champions League ideas to league officials

Published 10:42 a.m. ET May 8, 2019 | Updated 12:52 p.m. ET May 8, 2019

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has included promotion and relegation, plus places for more teams, in its future vision for the Champions League and other club competitions.

European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson told reporters that UEFA leaders proposed the ideas in a meeting Wednesday. It was part of year-long talks about changing competition formats and prize money distribution models that would take effect in 2024.

The leagues are competing for influence with the European Club Association, whose own plans are reflected in UEFA’s opening proposal.

“There are ideas about promotion and relegation. It’s a different system to the one we have today,” Olsson said at UEFA headquarters. “The total picture is that there would be more clubs involved.”

Olsson said there was “not a big difference” between UEFA’s presentation Wednesday and the ECA’s confidential proposal at UEFA in March that has since been reported.

He declined to give more details before UEFA updates its 55 member federations on May 17 in Budapest, Hungary.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who hosted the 2 ½-hour meeting, said…

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