A third UEFA competition that will run alongside the Champions League and Europa League has been given the green light. Chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), Andrea Agnelli, said that the third competition would mean that the number of clubs involved in European football would increase from 80 to 96.

The idea, set to be approved by UEFA in December, would see the Europa League reduced from 48 teams to 32. So that the Champions League, Europa League and the new competition would all have the same number of competitors.

UEFA has said it is “constantly reviewing” its competitions and has been “discussing various ideas within its Club Competitions Committee before any decision on potential changes would be made”. Although no details of how the new competition will work have been announced, it has been confirmed that it won’t be a straight replacement for the Cup Winners’ Cup, which was abolished in 1999.