Despite some pretty unfortunate developments due to the coronavirus pandemiс, domestic leagues owe the phenomenon for surprising changes in UEFA procedures.
One example of this is the UEFA offering to financially keep clubs afloat during the crisis using 70 million euros.
Now it is reported by BBC Sport that domestic leagues stand to be benefitted by UEFA’s decision to use sporting merit rather than club coefficient to settle on the qualification for next season’s European tournaments.
However, it is known that a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee decided that on-field results this season would be the deciding aspect leading to a league being suspended
The exact information concerning sporting merit has yet to be clarified, while UEFA is scheduled to make a public statement on Thursday.
The Spanish Football Association recommended that new positions be assigned depending on club coefficient after a video conference of all 55 national associations.
This process, estimated over the past five years, should have helped Atletico Madrid, who are currently outside the top four in La Liga at the expense of Real Sociedad. It will result in them qualifying for the Champions League at the expense of Leicester City at Manchester United.
The Premier League has nine remaining rounds of games but there are also 11 and 12 games left both in Spain and Italy.