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GENEVA (AP) — Europe’s top soccer leagues announced a Champions League vision on Friday that rejects radical changes wanted by elite clubs.The 29-nation European Leagues group said its core principles for reform include no new promotion or relegation between the Champions League and Europa League from 2024 Kelley O'Hara Jersey , and limiting teams to six group games.The proposal detailed at a soccer conference in Lisbon rejects the European Club Association’s plan for locking in 24 of 32 Champions League places.The ECA also prefers eight-team groups giving clubs 14 games each, squeezing available dates for national leagues and cups.European Leagues said Champions League entries must be based on qualification from the domestic competitions, except for the winner retaining its place.Though mostly supporting the status quo, the 36 member leagues are “open to new innovations,” European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson said.Still, changes should be “underpinned by the principles of current sporting merits, the primacy of domestic football, and the need to respect the domestic football calendar beloved by fans,” Olsson said.UEFA’s consultation on potential changes to take effect in 2024 has stalled while clubs and leagues are far apart in their proposals.A meeting between the leaders of UEFA, the ECA and European Leagues was to take place next week at the European soccer body’s headquarters in Nyon https://www.thetopsoccer.com/uswnt/lindsey-horan-jersey , Switzerland. It was canceled by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, knocking back a realistic timetable to decide post-2024 changes potentially into 2021.Leagues officials are using the latest three-year review of the competitions by UEFA to push for what they say is a fairer distribution of prize money.Total revenue from broadcasting and sponsorship sales for the Champions League, Europa League and season-opening Super Cup is currently 3.25 billion euros ($3.6 billion) each season.The 32 Champions League clubs will share 1.95 billion euros ($2.15 billion) this season. That is expected to rise in the next round of commercial sales for 2021-24 when UEFA launches a third club competition, currently called Europa League 2.European Leagues want UEFA to withhold 20% of total revenue and share it with other teams not playing in the group stage of the three competitions.The leagues want at least 49 of UEFA’s 55 member federations to be sure of representation with one team or more across the three group stages, helping retain appeal across Europe. This season, countries including Poland, Iceland and Finland no longer have any clubs involved even in the Europa League.Another principle stated Friday is raising status of the fifth-ranked national league — currently France — to have the same UEFA entry rights as the top four of Spain, England, Italy and Germany. It would add one to France’s six-team quota.European Leagues also wants UEFA to stop using a ranking table of clubs’ historical record in more than 60 years of European competition to allocate 30% of Champions League prize money.That formula, which the ECA pushed UEFA to agree to in 2016 Alyssa Naeher Jersey , steers money toward storied clubs. It will pay Real Madrid more than 35 million euros ($40 million) this season regardless of Champions League results.ECA officials also presented their case in Lisbon, and cited issues of “financial distortion and club polarization, declining competitiveness, unexploited potential in a changing media landscape, and limited recognition for club performances in Europe.”More than 230 clubs have been invited to a two-day ECA meeting starting Monday in Geneva. NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Last season’s semifinalist Ajax will start its Champions League campaign against unbeaten Greek title winner PAOK Thessaloniki in the third qualifying round, after the draw was made Monday.Four-time European champion Ajax began in the second preliminary round last July and was one minute from the final before being eliminated by Tottenham’s stoppage-time winning goal in May.As the Dutch league winner, Ajax now starts one qualifying round later — on Aug. 6 or 7, with the first leg in Greece — needing to beat two opponents instead of three to join the elite 32-team group stage.However, Ajax returns after selling star midfielder Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona and teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus Rose Lavelle Jersey , and got the toughest possible opposition.Ajax was the highest-ranked seeded team and PAOK was highest ranked in the pot of unseeded teams after being the only unbeaten league winner in Europe last season. Both are in the draw section just for national champions.Porto, a two-time European champion, was paired with Krasnodar in a separate qualifying path for teams that placed second or third in higher-ranked leagues.Also, Dynamo Kiev will face Club Brugge, and Austria’s LASK will take on either PSV Eindhoven, the 1988 European champion, or Basel.UEFA had to intervene to keep the Russian and Ukraine teams apart and uphold a rule imposed in 2014 across all its competitions for security reasons.Dynamo Kiev was drawn against Krasnodar, then shifted down to the next fixture slot as the away team. UEFA has separated clubs from the two countries since Russia annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine. Porto was drawn next and paired with Krasnodar.First-leg games are played Aug. 6-7, and return games on Aug. 13.The second qualifying round has yet to be played. It begins Tuesday and will be completed on July 31.Dutch league winners and runners-up have to enter the qualifying rounds because the country has slipped in UEFA’s rankings. Each nation is graded by its clubs’ results in European club competitions in a rolling five-year assessment.However, Ajax’s acclaimed run to the semifinals means the Dutch title winner this season is almost certain to go directly into the Champions League group stage next year.Ajax edged PAOK 3-2 on aggregate when the teams met in the third qualifying round three years ago.Since then https://www.thetopsoccer.com/uswnt/amy-rodriguez-jersey , PAOK won its first Greek title in 34 years to continue a revival during the ownership of Russian-Greek businessman Ivan Savvidis.Greek runner-up Olympiakos, which faces Viktoria Plzen in the second qualifying round, will play Turkey’s league runner-up Istanbul Basaksehir if it advances.Teams which are eliminated in the third qualifying round transfer across to the Europa League, in either the playoff round in August or direct to the 48-team group stage in September.In the Europa League third qualifying round draw, third-place Dutch team Feyenoord was paired with Dinamo Tbilisi or Gabala. AEK Athens, the 2018 champion of Greece, will play either Honved or Universitatea Craiova.

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