The UEFA Champions League is Europe’s most important club football competition. From the 2024/2025 season, the competition will see several major changes. UEFA leaders decided it was time for a complete overhaul.
The UEFA Champions League will undergo major changes from the 2024/2025 season
On Tuesday, UEFA officially announced the major changes that will be implemented in the Champions League. The leaders of the European governing body have decided that from the 2024/2025 season the competition will have a mini-league format from the start. In addition, the number of participating teams has been increased from 32 to 36.
Each club will therefore play eight matches in the group stage. All matches will be played against eight different opponents. Four of them will be played at home and the other four away. The teams occupying the first eight places after this mini-league will automatically qualify for the knockout stage. On the other hand, the teams finishing in one of the 9th to 24th places will play a play-off in two legs. Depending on their results, the teams will be able to secure their place in the knockout stages.
After consultation with all stakeholders, the UEFA Executive Committee, of which FRF President Răzvan Burleanu is a member of the FIFA Council, meeting on Tuesday 10 May in Vienna, approved the final format and details of the access to European competitions from the 2024/25 season, following the initial decision in April 2021 to introduce the so-called “Swiss” system.
Changes include reducing the number of UCL group stage matches from 10 to 8 and the way two of the four additional places in the competition are allocated, removing club coefficient-based access.
The eight UEFA Champions League matches will be played during the ten European match weeks foreseen by the original decision adopted in April 2021. The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League will have each a week devoted exclusively to matches in these competitions,” the European Commission announced. frf.ro
How additional Champions League spots will be allocated
The four additional places created by the increase from 32 to 36 teams in the UCL group stage will be allocated as follows:
– A place will be allocated to the club ranked third in the association championship and fifth in the UEFA ranking.
– A place will be allocated to a champion by increasing the number of clubs qualified by the “champions path” from four to five.
– The last two places will be awarded to the associations having obtained the best collective performance of their clubs during the previous season (total number of points obtained divided by the number of participating clubs). Both associations will earn a spot for the highest placed club in the domestic league behind UEFA Champions League positions. For example, at the end of the current season, the two associations adding a club to the Champions League based on their clubs’ collective performance would be England and the Netherlands.
– The UEFA Executive Committee has once again confirmed that all matches before the final tournament will continue to be played in the middle of the week, thus recognizing the importance of the domestic competition calendar in Europe,” reports frf.ro.