UEFA will redistribute 24 million euros ($29 million) to club across Europe when the revamped women’s Champions League kicks off next season, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.
UEFA said the new format, which includes a 16-team group stage with centralised marketing and television coverage, will increase revenue while the distribution model also draws on a cross-subsidy from the men’s competitions.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which has only been used in the final of the women’s competition, will be used from the quarter-finals on from next season, UEFA said.
The cash redistribution amount is more than four times the current figure going to club across Europe. UEFA added that 23% of the amount will be distributed to non-participating club in Europe’s top domestic leagues in the form of solidarity payments.