European football’s governing body is currently working on plans to reform the Champions League, expanding the actual competition from 32 teams to 36 teams, with two of those extra spots originally set to go to clubs due to their ‘historical importance’.
In three of the last four seasons those spots would have gone to the two members of the Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’ who failed to qualify for the competition via their league rankings.
Accordingly The Telegraph, the suggestions have now been refined slightly, with the ‘old’ team either finishing outside the Champions League spots or having won their domestic cup – although this still massively favors established, big clubs.
To take this season as an example, if Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City had somehow conspired not to finish in the top four but had won the FA Cup, they would have had a high enough coefficient rank to earn a place in the Champions League claim.
But Crystal Palace, who have no coefficient rankings as they haven’t competed in Europe recently, would not earn the Champions League spot if they won the FA Cup.
The European Club Association had hoped UEFA would drop plans to provide a safety net for big clubs should they fail to qualify for the Champions League under the current conditions, but they have only offered a compromise.
Had the rules been in place last season, Tottenham and Arsenal – who finished only seventh and eighth respectively – could not have benefited from the rule change. However, Arsenal would have qualified after winning the FA Cup in the 2019/20 season.
Neither would Leicester City, although they had ticked two boxes – both won the FA Cup and finished one place outside the Champions League places in fifth place – but their coefficient ranking was too low.
Instead, Shakhtar Donetsk, who finished second in the Ukrainian Premier League, and Lyon, who finished fourth in Ligue 1, would have gotten the two extra places due to their superior coefficient.
The Premier League and FA aren’t believed to be particularly enthusiastic about the rule change – especially after the Super League debacle – but UEFA are close to an agreement with the ECA that would see the changes apply from the 2024/25 season will.
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