From next season, the Champions League and Europa League will be held in a new format aimed at enhancing the commercial attractiveness of the tournament and «getting rid of ballast.»
Michel Platini in his time carried out reforms that allowed us to get to the group stage of the Champions League not only to the rich clubs, but also Champions the «young in football terms» countries.
The new format, apparently, will relieve the most prestigious tournament from the «Cinderellas».
26 participants of group tournament will be determined directly:
at the 4 clubs from countries in the first four UEFA rankings,
2 — countries occupying the 5-6-th place,
1 — from 7 to 10,a
the winner of the Europa League.
6 participants will be determined in the qualifying tournament (for the «League way» and «path of Champions» does not say anything. Most likely, this loophole for small countries close).
In the Europa League 27 of the 48 seats will be occupied:
two teams from the big five
one of the countries occupying the 6-12 — esmeta in the UEFA rankings,
10 teams took off in the third and fourth qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
Other participants will be determined in the qualifying tournament.