Video assistant referee set for Champions League this season

Uefa confirms new Europa League 2

Discussions have been in place for some time regarding the possibility of introducing a brand new European competition to the footballing schedule which would offer more teams the opportunity of being able to play in Europe.

The knockout stages of the Champions League will see the introduction of VAR after UEFA approved the use of the technology for the remainder of the 2018/19 tournament.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said: "The new competition makes Uefa's club competitions more inclusive than ever before".

VAR will also be used in the Europa League final this season, as well as the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals and the final phase of the 2019 European Under-21 Championship.

The new tournament will be played on Thursdays alongside the Europa League. There will be a play-off before that round for the teams who finish second in the group and sides who finish third in the groups of the higher tournament.

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The victor of the new contest, to encourage clubs from smaller countries, will be qualify for the following season's Europa League. This competition was borne out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association.

That process is repeated in the UEL2 with the eight second-placed teams from the group stage meeting the eight third-placed teams in the Europa League for a place in the last 16. To be more precise, it'll be used from February 2019 when the knockout stages begin.

The new third competition will ensure that at least 34 countries will be represented in the group stages of the UEFA club competitions (today, the minimum guaranteed number is 26). This could be an important if UEFA confirm what is already known behind the scenes, that VAR is coming very soon to the Champions League.

"No changes will be made to the format and access list of the UEFA Champions League", said UEFA.

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