Sound Of Football Podcast 391 - Mixing it up

A few weeks ago UEFA announced that they were re-jigging the format for the second running of the Nations League. Gone are the three team groups that provided so much excitement last year. Added to that, with the top two leagues expanding to 16 teams, none of the sides relegated are going down a level - good news for Germany and both parts of Ireland.

How does changing a competition's format change the perception of its value amongst fans? When does setting something apart from the norm become pointless novelty?

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