The world of European soccer (or football if you are a true fan) may be getting an upgrade pretty soon, following the successful inauguration of the UEFA Nations Cup. The realization of a third European club competition will benefit the game throughout Europe in many ways.
Europe and UEFA – New Opportunities Ahead
And so, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has been doing quite a bit to make sure that there is sufficient football action going around. Most recently, the organization inaugurated the UEFA Nations Cup, but many have wondered if that is enough. Some have thought clearly “no” and among the naysayers was UEFA themselves!
With this in mind, the organization is now planning to create a third club competition, which will benefit football in quite a few ways. First off, less skilled clubs will have an opportunity to participate and cut their teeth in a real competitive setting. Secondly, it would definitely be good investment for the clubs themselves as TV rights will rake in extra money, and not least – people who love to place a wager on the outcome of matches will also stand to benefit from the decision.
The decision came during the Annual General Assembly of the European Club Association (ECA) in Croatia with ECA Chairman and UEFA Executive Committee member, Andrea, Agnelli, taking the speaker’s spot. Agnelli didn’t let for much suspense and cut right to the chase, arguing that a third competition will see the light of day between 2021 and 2022.
The new format will reportedly involve 32 new teams which may influence the number of participants in the Europa League, which could potentially see its numbers cut in half. However, an official confirmation is yet to come.
Charing an Exciting Future for Sports (Betting)
Without a sliver of doubt, there are many benefits from clubs and bookmakers. To begin with, this will create more competitions, which will automatically that teams that have been on the cusp of breaking it into mainstream European football will now have a great chance to do so.
Individual footballers who have been loyal to their clubs will also benefit from an opportunity to be noticed by football powerhouses and drafted in subsequent seasons. Of course, the competition is likely to be dominated by the top-tier teams, although with three ongoing tournaments, plus their local football derbies, it’s not truly very likely for many teams to be able to participate everywhere.
Scheduling the competitions to accommodate a maximum number of clubs will be a challenge in itself and it’s unlikely to transpire.
However, spectators and people who love to put money on the outcome of games will most certainly appreciate the increase in the overall number of available competitions. Bookmakers are certainly the ones to benefit the most from the increase of televised sports betting.
UEFA, of course, is also excited to introduce a number of competitions that can be used as excellent opportunities for the championship to pluck new top talent from little-known cubs around Europe. And yet, expectations are that competition will be pretty solid.