UEFA says a “final eight” will be considered a way out of the Champions League and Europa League from 2024.
The single country, one-leg format was adopted for practical purposes as an effective way to end competitions last season in a campaign badly hampered by the coronavirus epidemic, and it proved to be a great place to visit.
The governing body of European football has agreed with the broadcasters to return to the regular two-leg system of the quarter-finals and semifinals for the rest of the current cycle, but has not avoided any changes to the format.
UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marquette told the PA news agency: “A good rule never excludes anything that proves valuable or has potential.
“We know that there are many elements that need to be considered such as calendar and organizational constraints, fan engagement, economic implications but we will definitely study this format and its variations for our upcoming discussion.
“Single knockout matches are definitely in favor of uncertainty and emotion.
“We’ve had great feedback from the club, the broadcaster and other partners as well as the fans. The situation made this format a must, but the level of satisfaction as well as the results couldn’t be better.”
The final round of the 2012-20 Champions League took place in Lisbon, when the German cities of Cologne, Duisburg, Dেলsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen hosted the closing of the Europa League.
The Women’s Champions League final was held in the Bosba cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian, while the Men’s Youth Champions League was completed in Switzerland.
Marchetti acknowledged that staging the four competitions was the result of great collaboration.
“The football community has really worked together: working together with national associations, leagues and clubs and nts could have achieved nothing but solidarity,” he said.
“And since we had only two months to hold the tournament simultaneously in Portugal, Germany and Spain, the local federation and the authorities gave us overwhelming support.”
He said UEFA would adopt the same “determination” that helped them remove the finals of the competition for the rest of the 2020-21 season, against the backdrop of a second wave of coronavirus infections across the continent.
And he also mentioned how much work had already been done in the early stages of this season.
“Everyone watched the final eight tournaments in August. Almost no one knows that about 500 UEFA matches have already been held since the beginning of August,” he said.
“All qualifying rounds in the Champions League and Europa League (no single club was excluded from the access list), two men’s and one women’s international window, below 21. There are many restrictions and strict protocols to apply with an incredible number of all team tests. , But these problems do not frighten us.