UEFA DITCH unpopular plan to expand Euro 2024 to 32 teams and will keep it down to 24… but reveal an expanded Nations League competition to include a knockout round between the group stage and finals
- UEFA have announced the decision to keep the Euros as a 24-team tournament
- There had been discussions to expand the format to allow 32 teams to enter
- They’ve also given details on a new expanded version of the Nations League
UEFA have confirmed that the Euro 2024 tournament will remains a 24-team competition after discussions over allowing 32 teams to enter.
A statement from the governing body confirmed that ‘no change’ would be made for the tournament hosted in Germany, despite rumours of a revamped format.
They also clarified that an updated version of the Nations League will be put in place after the Euros that will feature an additional round for continuity reasons.
UEFA have confirmed the decision to keep Euro 2024 as a 24-team tournament format
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin confirmed the news via a statement from the organisation
The UEFA Nations League will be expanded with a new knockout round after 2024, European soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday following its executive committee’s meeting in Nyon, Switzerland.
The knockout round will be played in March and create continuity between the group phase ending in November and the Finals in June.
League A group winners and runners-up will participate in home-and-away format quarter-finals, with the winners qualifying for the final four.
The third-ranked team in League A and the runners-up in League B, as well as the third-ranked League B side and the League C runners-up will play a home-and-away promotion and relegation playoff.
‘By introducing the new knock-out phase, teams will be given even more opportunities to progress while keeping the same number of games within the international match calendar,’ said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
There had been discussions to turn the Euros into a 32-team tournament format
In other changes, the European qualifiers for the European Championship and World Cup will be more consolidated, with teams being drawn in 12 groups of four and five teams.
‘The predictability of the European qualifiers has also been addressed and tackled, with a fresh new format that will offer all the teams an equal chance to qualify for major tournaments,’ Ceferin added.
‘The new format promises to bring more excitement to Europe’s national team football competitions that continue to grow from strength to strength.’
The new formats for these competitions will come into effect in September, 2024, UEFA said in a statement.
UEFA also confirmed that a revamped version of the Nations League will come into play
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