UEFA has officially announced the new changes that will come into effect in the UEFA Champions League in the 2024/2025 season.
Last year, UEFA confirmed it was discussing changes to the competition’s format after Europe’s top teams threatened to join the Premier League that promised more money.
Since 2003, the Champions League has not changed, but the new move will see the teams in the group stage of the competition increase from 32 to 36. Teams will get three points for a win and one point for a draw, as a criterion, and this will determine where they rank.
Starting in 2024, UEFA will give two places in the Champions League to the countries with the best performing clubs in Europe that season, per @times
This abandons the plan to give two points to the clubs with the highest transactions that failed to qualify. pic.twitter.com/s1kXA6w7Jr
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The top eight teams in the standings will advance automatically to the last sixteen, then the teams between the ninth and twenty-fourth will enter a play-off. The remaining teams will then be disqualified from the competition.
Instead of three teams playing, home and away, each team in the final 36 of the competition will play eight different teams, four home matches, and four away matches.