UEFA have confirmed the birth of a new European competition which will be introduced for the 2021/22 season.
The competition has been given the working title "Europa League 2" and it will run alongside the Europa League on Thursday nights.
The competition is part of a reshuffle between 2021-2024 which will see the Europa League halved in size from 64 teams to 32 teams, and an extra play-off round will also be added between the Group Stage and the Round of 16.
The Champions League setup will remain the same, but the new competition will impact the Europa League and qualification for the competition.
Many teams from Scotland may now find themselves shut out from the Europa League. Winner of every league will still be eligible to enter the Champions League, but only teams from UEFA's top 15 nations will be allowed into the Europa League unless a team wins the Europa League 2 competition, securing automatic qualification for the Europa League.
Essentially, this will be a third-tier tournament and teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will, as of 2021, go into the qualifiers of the EL 2 competition rather than the Europa League.
The new competition will match the new Europa League in format. There will be eight groups of four with all the group winners progressing to the knockout round. There will then be a play-off between the teams who finish second in the group and the teams who finish third in the higher tournament.
For example, second place in the Europa League group will have a play-off against the team who finishes third in their Champions League group to determine who advances to the Round of 16 for the Europa League.
As part of the reform, at least 34 countries will have teams in the group stage, compared to the current number of 26 with the aim of the competition being to up the level of inclusion.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: "The new competition makes Uefa's club competitions more inclusive than ever before. There will be more matches for more clubs, with more associations represented in the group stages."This competition was born out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association."