Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has proposed a brand new format for the Champions League, implementing 36 groups and ten group stage matches.
The Ajax chief, 50, is regarded as the person behind the brand new format that’s set to start from 2024.
The Champions League – extensively thought of essentially the most prestigious competitors in membership soccer – at the moment has eight teams of 4, every enjoying residence and away to make for six matches earlier than the knockout stage.
However this new format, thought to start in three years’ time, will see that groups will play ten matches in opposition to completely different sides – and 5 video games will probably be contested at residence and in addition 5 away.
Development is decided on the place every crew sit within the desk: the highest eight going by way of mechanically, whereas the remaining 16 will face off in a playoff spherical.
Van der Sar’s mannequin is claimed to be the first alternative by Uefa – however he isn’t taking full credit score for the idea.
“I wasn’t the one man, you at all times converse to advisors and take a look at how we will do one thing new,” he stated through The Solar.
“It was about enjoying extra significant European matches and how are you going to do this with out denuding the standard within the group phases.
“A few guys got here up with this technique and I used to be joyful to ship it to Uefa and for this to be a approach ahead.
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“We additionally wished one thing that might be good for golf equipment from mid-sized international locations who could also be large manufacturers however are nonetheless coming from a small market.”
The previous Fulham stopper additionally conceded that getting the thought accredited was robust going.
“Nevertheless it was simply knockouts till 30 or so years in the past, after which group phases got here in so that is an evolution of the system we’ve got been enjoying in for a very long time and making an attempt to create extra prospects for video games with out creating lifeless video games.
“Typically in the event you win 4 video games and have 12 factors you might be already performed. Underneath the brand new system, you actually should carry on going, to succeed in the highest eight or the highest 16.”