'Europa League 2': Uefa confirms new tournament from 2021

'Europa League 2': Uefa confirms new tournament from 2021

The competition itself - as stated above - will see the 32 teams involved split into eight separate groups of four.

Aleksander Ceferin, the Uefa president, previously said at a press conference with the European Club Association president Andrea Agnelli that next season would be "the latest for VAR".

The absence of VAR in the Champions League was also highlighted when Raheem Sterling was awarded a penalty for Manchester City against Shakhtar Donetsk despite replays showing that he had stubbed his foot in the turf.

Video review is already used in Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga and the Bundesliga and will be in place for the 2019-20 Premier League season.

As part of Uefa's 2021-2024 cycle, the Europa League will be halved in size to 32 teams with an extra play-off round between the group stage and last 16.

"The new competition makes Uefa's club competitions more inclusive than ever before".

There will also be a third time slot created for fixtures, kicking off at 16:30.

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With the plans briefly outlined by a member of European football's governing body, the new competition is now referred to by the working title "UEL2", abbreviated from Uefa European League 2.

The victor of the competition will qualify for the subsequent season's Europa League. All member associations will have access to the three club competitions and all associations will keep the same overall access quota as now.

"There will be more games for more clubs, with more represented federations in the group stage".

"There was a widespread demand by all clubs to increase their chances of participating more regularly in European competition".

"Inclusive competition means more matches for more clubs and more associations".

"This has achieved a strategic focus and will lead to higher quality and inclusion in our competitions".

"The UEFA Executive Committee has decided today in Dublin to use Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the UEFA Champions League as from the Round of 16 in February 2019".

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