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UEFA to discuss final four-style, others in Vienna congress

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

European football governing body, UEFA, are considering a new option of introducing the final four-style’ format where a neutral ground will be chosen as the venue for the final-four matches The Trumpet gathered.

This new innovation which is one of the many issues to be discussed by UEFA in its annual congress slated for next month, May 11, 2022, in Vienna, if adopted, will take effect from next year, 2024.

The President of Paris Saint-Germain, who doubles as the President of European Club Association (ECA), Nasser Al-Khelaifi, weeks ago, spoke about the issue of the final four-style format where he underlined that the system will enable UEFA to pick a neutral city for the contest as they do for Champions League final.

Feelers from Europe reveal that the proposition is already taking shape and could be the first change to be effected by UEFA in its annual congress.

Apart from the Final Four-Style Format, another pertinent issue to be discussed concerns the number of teams to qualify for the Champions League.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin is considering giving two spaces to teams that have good historical records in the past five years an opportunity to partake in the tournament despite failing to qualify through their league performances.

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UEFA believe that by adopting the Final Four style, the European football governing body will make more money through TV rights and sponsorship.

According to Ceferin, UEFA is studying the possibility of increasing the number of qualifying spots by one for the fifth-best league after England, Spain, Italy, and Germany leagues.

Meanwhile, according to the past format of UEFA, there would be 10 games in the group stage, with teams playing the same number of matches at home as away.

The final standings would not be divided by groups, with the top eight of the 36 participating teams going directly to the round of 16.

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