UEFA Makes Positive Ticket Price Changes
UEFA has announced changes to its ticket price regulations for away fans in its men’s club competitions, that will an immediate positive impact for Aston Villa’s away supporters in the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL).
The changes come from discussion between UEFA, the European Club Association (ECA) and Football Supporters Europe (FSE), and were confirmed at UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting on 28th June 2023.
The changes, which come into immediate effect, will ensure a more consistent application of UEFA’s rules on away ticket pricing.
The new regulations aim to provide consistency to UEFA’s rules on away ticket pricing and close some existing loopholes that should prevent the potential situation of away supporters being forced to pay higher tickets price than home supporters in comparable sections.
Europa Conference League Away Ticket Prices
Aston Villa’s travelling supporters in this upcoming season’s UEFA Europa Conference League will reap the immediate benefits of the amended regulations, as UECL away tickets will be capped at €25 for away fans for the coming season (instead of €35 in the previous season). The price cap for the UECL is now aligned to the price of the cheapest category of tickets available at the competition’s final.
It is understood that away allocations for Europa Conference League games will be 5%.
Fans Supporter Europe (FSE), who were involved in the discussions with UEFA, and helped highlight the potential unfair treatment of away fans stated:
Various clubs previously used exemptions for season ticket holders, members or tickets sold in bundles for all group stage games to slalom past the protection of the regulation and overcharge away fans. With the new regulations, this shouldn’t happen anymore.
It was announced this week that the FSE will now sit in on certain UEFA committees to represent match-going supporters more directly. One focus is to improve the hosting conditions for away supporters in European competition, which the recent change certainly is a step in the first direction.
The change in UEFA’s regulations now states “The price of tickets for supporters in the 5% (away) allocation must not exceed the price paid for adult tickets in a comparable sector of the stadium that are sold to supporters of the home team (including tickets sold to season ticket holders, to persons who are members of the club, and/or sold as part of any promotion/promotional package for tickets exclusively for UEFA competition matches).”