Irish paper sheds new light on European plans for domestic clubs

A report appearing in Irish newspaper The Independent says plans for the qualifying rounds of next season’s European competitions are expected to be ratified today by UEFA’s Executive Committee.

The article suggests the first three qualifying rounds in the Champions League and Europa League will be decided over just one leg, with home advantage being determined by the draw.

Another significant change is the proposed scheduling of these games which has been put back to mid-August.

The week commencing August 17 has been identified as a possible start date for the competitions, which usually commence in late- June, with the competition draws taking place on August 9 and August 10.

It is understood that UEFA will loosen their geographical restrictions for the ties and possible compensation for clubs who’re drawn away is also under consideration. With the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League expected to be concluded, it is believed that prize money for next season’s competition will be unaffected.

Connah’s Quay (Champions League) will be joined by The New Saints, Bala Town and Barry Town (Europa League) in this summer’s European qualifying.

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