So many smaller nations are in favor of a 48-club Champions League (ok, so maybe only Celtic's brass have openly claimed so) but it is something that should be discussed. With the EPFL and UEFA butting heads and UEFA President Ceferin trying to level the playing field, I believe a 48-team competition should be considered starting in 2021. Here's why: 1) more revenue, 2) more variety, and 3) shorter qualification. I would propose an 8 group format with 6 clubs per group. 10 matches would be played in the group stage and the top two in each group would advance to the Round of 16. So in total, there would be 17 matches to win the competition (four more than now). How would these matches be fit in? By playing the Round of 16 over two weeks instead of four and condensing the group stage slightly in the fall. It would be important to note than any club eliminated does not drop down into the Europa League at any point and is eliminated entirely from Europe. It should be noted that the runners up of leagues ranked 10-15 would no longer qualify for the competition as they are not from larger leagues or champions. The 36 automatic group stage participants (league ranks in parentheses): CL title holder EL title holder Champions (1-13) Runners up (1-9) Third (1-7) Fourth (1-5) The 12 other clubs come from the champions only qualifying path containing two rounds: 2nd Qualifying Round (24 clubs): Champions (14-20) 17 winners from previous round 1st Qualifying Round (34 clubs): Champions (21-55, excluding Liechtenstein) The Europa League would be the exact same format and would now only have two clubs per country to reduce costs and make the competition more elite. The 24 automatic group stage participants: 2 clubs (1-8) 1 club (1-16) 24 clubs come through qualifying which is comprised of two rounds: 2nd Qualifying Round (48 clubs): 1 club (9-19) 37 winners from previous round 1st Qualifying Round (74 clubs): 2 clubs (20-31, 33-55) 1 club (17-19, 32*) *Liechtenstein only gets one berth, its cup winner. I must admit that there are two cons with this format: extra matches and potential dead rubbers in the group stage. As far as extra matches, the Champions League used to have 17 matches in the early 2000s so it has been done before, and this would incentivize Italy and Spain especially to shrink their domestic leagues from 20 to 18 clubs which has been discussed and promoted in these countries. As far as dead rubbers is concerned, that is not as much of an negative issue as the positive issue of revenue gained by the 48 clubs qualifying.