fbpx
White House ‘Social Media Summit’: No Facebook, No Twitter, No Transparency CopyRead more White House ‘Social Media Summit’: No Facebook, No Twitter, No TransparencyRead more White House ‘Social Media Summit’: No Facebook, No Twitter, No TransparencyRead more White House ‘Social Media Summit’: No Facebook, No Twitter, No TransparencyRead more White House ‘Social Media Summit’: No Facebook, No Twitter, No TransparencyRead more White House ‘Social Media Summit’: No Facebook, No Twitter, No TransparencyRead more Twitter to Label Tweets by Leaders Who Break Its RulesRead more

UEFA to expand Champions League to 36 clubs, approves new format

show caption
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 14: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona) during the UEFA Europa League quarter Final Second Leg football match between FC Barcelona and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 14, 2022. ( Adria Puig - Anadolu Agency )
Print Friendly and PDF

May 11, 2022 - 06:44 AM

ANKARA (AA) – The number of clubs in the Champions League will be increased from 32 to 36 from the 2024-25 season, European football’s governing body UEFA announced on Tuesday.

Under the new format approved by the UEFA Executive Committee, every team will play eight games over 10 match weeks.

In the current format, 32 teams were placed in eight groups of four, with each side playing six matches against three teams on a home-and-away basis.

The top two from each group progress to the last 16, the first of the knockout rounds that are played home and away over two legs.

The new format will see a switch from the “traditional group stage to a single league phase including all participating teams,” read a UEFA statement.

This guarantees every team “a minimum of 8 league stage games against 8 different opponents (four home games, four away) rather than the previous six matches against three teams,” it added.

“The top eight sides in the league will qualify automatically for the knockout stage, while the teams finishing in ninth to 24th place will compete in a two-legged play-off to secure their path to the last 16 of the competition,” the statement explained.

Additional teams

Two of the four new spots in the Champions League “will go to the associations with the best collective performance by their clubs in the previous season,” read the UEFA statement.

A previous proposal suggested that the places should go to clubs based on their “coefficient,” a rating that reflects their performance in European competitions over the previous five years.

The new method takes into account the coefficient of a country as a whole.

As for the remaining two spots, one will be taken by “the club ranked third in the championship of the association in fifth position in the UEFA national association ranking,” the statement said.

“One place will be awarded to a domestic champion by extending from four to five the number of clubs qualifying via the so-called ‘Champions Path’,” it added.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said the decisions reflect the organization’s commitment to “the fundamental values of sport and to defending the key principle of open competitions, with qualification based on sporting merit.”

“Qualification will thus remain purely based on sporting performance and the dream to participate will remain for all clubs,” he said.​​​​

LMBCSPORTS.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.