UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says domestic leagues across Europe should make two significant changes in order to combat fixture congestion.
Europe’s governing body has been criticised themselves for putting extra dates on the calendar, including the Champions League revamp which will extend the group phase to eight matches. However, Ceferin claims that countries should be open to removing domestic cups and reducing the number of teams in their top division:
“Domestic leagues should have a maximum of 18 clubs, but the presidents do not agree. They should also understand that two domestic cups are too many also.”
It’s doubtful that these suggestions will go down well with the majority of leagues. Countries rely on more domestic games for TV revenue, and they won’t take too kindly to UEFA telling them how they should run their affairs.
In Scotland’s case, whilst reducing the number of clubs in the top flight doesn’t really apply, it could spark a debate about the existence of the Scottish League Cup, but it’s very unlikely that the SPFL would want to make any changes.