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UEFA announce Champions League, Europa League changes

UEFA announce Champions League, Europa League changes

As of next season, Uefa have announced staggered kick-off times for the Champions League and Europa League, doing away with the traditional 7.45pm slot.

The good news for managers of Premier League sides is that they will no longer have to go through a two-legged qualifier to gain access to the group stages of either European competition.

Much of the drop in profits comes from the loss in expected broadcast and commercial revenues with Arsenal in the Europa League this season.

All teams eliminated from Champions League qualifying, meanwhile, will now get a second chance to qualify for the Europa League.

As things stand, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham would claim the four places, with Chelsea and Arsenal falling just short.

With 26 rather than the current 22 automatically reaching the groups, it means only six places will be available in the competition from the playoffs.

In qualifying will have two branches - the League route and the path of Champions, but now the group stage of the Champions League will see six clubs.

Should, say, Arsenal, win the Europa League this year but miss out on the top four, the Premier League will once again have five entrants in the competition next year.

A full list of the changes can be found here.

Four clubs enter at this stage and contest a semi-final for a place in the first qualifying round.

The Champions League preliminary round will involve four teams in a "knockout mini-tournament" with only the victor progressing and the three losing sides dropping into the Europa League second qualifying round (champions route).

In a further announcement, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has insisted there will be no use of VAR next season.

There is also set to be a preliminary round introduced at the start of Champions League qualification, with four teams entering in a mini knockout tournament, from which one club shall emerge and then be joined by another 33 sides in the first round of qualifiers.

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