New Europa League incentive means winners will qualify for Champions League
THE winners of Europa League will be rewarded with a place in the following season's Champions League from 2015 as part of an attempt to make UEFA's secondary competition more attractive.
UEFA is set to announce the incentive at its annual congress in London today, the change having been agreed at a meeting of the executive committee.
The major leagues will now be allowed up to five participants in the Champions League, meaning the Europa League winners will not get a place at the expense of another club from their domestic league.
In the unlikely event of two clubs from the same country winning the Champions League and Europa League and both finishing outside of their domestic qualifying places, they would still qualify for the Champions League, with the side finishing fourth in the league missing out.
The move is designed to make clubs take the Europa League more seriously from the start of the competition, while also answering clubs' concerns over teams losing European places as Tottenham did this season after Chelsea won the 2012 Champions League.