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UEFA will reduce the awards for the next five seasons. In addition, he suspended the U19 Euro Cup and left Spain without the U20 World Cup.

The new coronavirus pandemic generated a health and economic crisis from which football was not exempt. That is why the European Football Union (UEFA), the governing body of football in the Old Continent, decided to reduce the prize money for the club competitions of the next five years.

UEFA informed its associations of the loss of 560 million euros in the 2019/2020 Champions League and Europa League, as highlighted in the official statement sent to member clubs, which will lead to a reduction in prizes for the next five seasons.

In addition, the organism slipped the possibility of increase the number of clubs in the Champions League from 32 to 36 in 2024/2025 taking into account two models, each involving ten games per team in the group stage, instead of the current six.

In the first case the teams would be divided into six groups of six and would play between them back and forth, in the second, each team would play 10 games against 10 rivals, each of which would be decided by a draw. Likewise, these measures will be analyzed in depth in the coming months.

It was not, however, the only decision he communicated. The final phase of the 2020 European Under-19 Championship, scheduled in Northern Ireland and postponed several times, was finally canceled by UEFA due to the “epidemiological situation in Europe”.

The decision directly affected Spain, the current European champion, because it will not be in the next U-20 World Cup, which will be played in Indonesia from May 20 to June 12, 2021. The places will be for the first five teams in the ranking of the category in the 2019-2020 campaign, that is, England, France, Italy, Holland and Portugal.

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