Today, information was revealed that will shake up the soccer world and showed that because money talks, the UEFA Champions League will copy its new format to Liga MX. Will they have reclassification?
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The news shocked Liga MX critics, who have always argued that Mexican soccer should learn from European soccer tournaments.
How are the new UEFA Champions League format copied by Liga MX?
Among the most important features that the tournament will have as of its 2024 edition, the competition will be played under a single league that will encompass all participating teams.
In this league, the teams that qualify for the competition will play 8 matches against 8 different opponents: four at home and four as away, and the number of participating teams will increase from 32 to 36.
In addition, there will be a general table in which the first eight places will qualify directly. As a result, many fans of the tournament began to wonder if this tournament will have reclassification, as in Liga MX.
Will there be reclassification in the new UEFA Champions League format?
To the surprise of the tournament's followers, in the 2024 Champions League, there will be reclassification in the purest Liga MX style, in which the 9th to 24th place will play this phase, while the 25th to 36th will be eliminated.
On the other hand, the semifinals and the final will be played in a single match at the same venue and during the same week.
This is a big blow to Liga MX critics who have always complained that the format of the Mexican soccer tournament does not encourage competitiveness.
However, the main reason for this format change is none other than UEFA's need to earn more money, since, with this new format, there will be one more round of playoffs due to reclassification.
But how can this influence UEFA to earn more money with its new format?
Because money talks, the UEFA Champions League copies Liga MX's new format
UEFA has noticed a peculiarity in Mexican soccer: because the tournament has not one, but two playoff rounds, clubs and therefore Liga MX can generate more revenue.
This is because the existence of two playoff rounds increases the drama in the tournament, which is surely what UEFA is looking for. And for an example of how this drama influences higher profits, there is Liga MX.
According to a report in El Financiero newspaper, clubs increase ticket prices by 400% in the playoff phase of the tournament. As an example, in the regular phase of the tournament, clubs such as Pachuca can charge up to US$2.94 for a ticket.
But in the playoff phase, the same ticket can cost up to US$13.88. So it is very likely that the UEFA Champions League is going to copy Liga MX's new format because of the need to obtain more money.