The introduction of the new format of the Champions League has stopped, and UEFA postponed the decision until next month.
UEFA hoped to use an executive committee meeting on Wednesday to ratify the group stage expansion from 32 to 36 teams, jumping from six to 10 rounds of matches.
But now April 19 is set as a new date by UEFA to try to get final approval for the structure of the elite competition of European club football after 2024.
“The future of club competitions after 2024 will be one of the topics discussed (Wednesday),” UEFA said. “However, any formal decision in this regard will only be taken at the next meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee on 19 April to conclude the ongoing discussions.”
Although the new format seems to have received approval from clubs and national leagues in recent weeks, there are still decisions to reach a consensus on the management of the competition.
European League president Lars-Christer Olson said last week that he had received “guarantees that no club will take over UEFA club competitions” during a conversation with the governing body’s management.
“These are UEFA club competitions and they will always have the last word,” said Olson. “This is not passed on to any other decision-making body.”