ECA president Andrea Agnelli, the association of top European football clubs, has asked all members to support plans to expand the Champions League.

The intention is that the main European club tournament will be expanded from 32 to 36 participants with effect from the 2024/2025 season.

The current pool system, with eight groups of four, would then be abolished.

The participants will then play ten instead of six matches in the first phase, resulting in extra income.

"This is a breakthrough," said Agnelli, also president of Italian champions Juventus, at the ECA's online congress on Monday.

The board of the European Football Association UEFA, the organizer of the Champions League, must make a decision next month on the reform of the European tournament.

Agnelli is a member of the UEFA board as a representative of the ECA.

ECA and Juventus Chairman Andrea Agnelli.

ECA and Juventus Chairman Andrea Agnelli.

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Not yet clear how extra places will be allocated

It is not yet clear how the four extra places in the Champions League will be divided.

The ECA advocates reserving these places for major clubs that have achieved European successes in the past, but are unable to qualify for the lucrative tournament through their own league.

European Leagues, the association in which many national leagues - including the Eredivisie - are represented, is opposed to this.

Eight Dutch clubs (Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV, AZ, FC Twente, sc Heerenveen, Vitesse and FC Utrecht) are members of the ECA.

Ajax director Edwin van der Sar is one of the vice chairmen.

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