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Written by Martin Graham | April 28, 2022
It has been reported that UEFA, which runs football, has come up with a new format for the Champions League.
UEFA is studying the possibility of adapting the format of the nation’s league to Europe’s premier club competition. In this modification, the semi-finals, home and away, will become a thing of the past in the Champions League.
The European Football Association (UEFA) is looking at the possibility of a one-week conclusion of the Champions League, which will see the semi-final and final matches take place within one week at a specified location.
The Champions League is already scheduled for a change of format in the 2024/25 season. There will be 36 teams instead of 32 teams playing in one league. Each team will face 10 different teams like this, and the top eight teams will advance to the Round of 16.
Teams finishing ninth through to 24th will enter a playoff round, and the eight successful teams from this playoff round will advance to the round of 16. From then on, it will be business as usual.
However, the top officers in European football want more changes to be made and according to The Times, the European Club Association is preparing to support the idea. This is because the new format will include more team matches and the proposed change to the semi-finals will reduce the number of matches teams have to play in a season.
Nasser El-Khelaifi, president of Paris Saint-Germain and current president of the Egyptian Chefs Association, is said to be in favor of the idea because his team has given positive feedback on the format of the one-off Champions League 2020 which happened due to Covid. -19 pandemic.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been toying with the idea since last year. He told The Times last September, “If you take a look at the Super Bowl, it’s a great event and they do it in a great way. They have concerts and people go there and have fun.”
“Even if you lose those two games, you can still get more revenue to make up. It can be a great event for broadcasters and sponsors.
“In the same week you can have the women’s Champions League final or the youth competitions, you can really enjoy a great week of football. These knockout matches are different and more exciting.”
No decision has yet been reached on the proposed one-week deadline.