English Football League chairman Rick Parry has said the League Cup is not in jeopardy due to potential scheduling issues due to the impending Champions League expansion, although he has added that he thought the format of the competition needed to change.
European football’s governing body UEFA made changes to its top continental club competition last year, approving a new format from the 2024-25 season with the group stages extended to 36 teams on 32.
Instead of the current six matches, each team will play a minimum of 10 games against 10 different opponents, which will require more midweek dates before Christmas, which could affect the League Cup schedule.
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“We are realistic. We clearly know that 2024 is approaching. UEFA don’t really like League Cups. We’re pretty much unique now in terms of the major leagues,” Parry told the BBC ahead of this week’s reform talks.
English teams compete for both the FA Cup and League Cup each season, but the latter’s schedule and format have come under criticism, particularly with two-legged semi-finals s adding to a cluttered schedule.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said in 2020 that the League Cup should be scrapped to avoid traffic jams.
“I don’t think the future of the competition is in jeopardy,” Parry said.
“But it’s a question of whether we look at the timing of this one. If, for example, we have to consider one-legged semi-finals. Whether we have to look at the teams that clubs in Europe on the pitch.
“If the discussions on the future of the EFL Cup are part of a wider discussion on redistribution and governance, so be it. But they cannot take place in isolation. They must be part of the total package. .”
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