Lyon to host 2018 Europa League final

Posted December 11, 2016

Next season, as per the report, will be the final season of the rules and kick-off times as they are now, before the changes come into effect the year after.

UEFA general secretary Theodore Theodoridis (L) gestures next to UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced that Champions League Fixture timings were set for a change during a press conference at an executive meeting at the headquarters of the European football's governing body on December 9, 2016 in Nyon.

European football's governing body has made slight changes to the kick-off times of games, qualification process, coefficient rankings and financial distribution of their flagship competition and confirmed its intention to bring the new format into use from 2018 to 2021.

Manchester United will hope to make it that far and will find out their last-32 opponents on Monday when the draws for the knockout stages of both the Europa League and Champions League are made.

Previously there was no second chance on offer to these teams.

The club coefficient system will also be looked at to avoid teams from top-ranked leagues gaining an unfair advantage - for example, a club like Leicester City, with little European track record, would not benefit so much simply from coming out of the Premier League.

A line that nearly certainly had nothing to do with Uefa fiddling about with the kick-off times of its Champions League matches in order to make more money out of TV deals.

Lyon opened their 59,000-seat Parc OL at the beginning of this year.

In addition, UEFA decided that all national champions who are knocked out in the Champions League qualifiers will be given a chance to qualify for the Europa League instead.

Lyon will host next season's Europa League final, UEFA has announced.

The bidding process to host Euro 2024 was detailed, including a provision for joint bid. The Platini revolution to include clubs from the lower ranked nations, but which reduced the level of the competition, will be thrown out as from 2018.

Ceferin was also asked for his views on new Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino's proposal to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 but complained that the world game's governing body had not provided enough information on the matter thus far.

"We are discovering different formats in the press every day".