Champions League: Announcement on sweeping modifications to match format to be made in April, says UEFA

Champions League: Announcement on sweeping modifications to match format to be made in April, says UEFA

Final week European Leagues, a physique representing the pursuits of golf equipment and leagues in 30 nations throughout the continent, mentioned UEFA would decide on the anticipated modifications at a gathering this Wednesday.

Champions League: Announcement on sweeping changes to tournament format to be made in April, says UEFA

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Lausanne: An official announcement on deliberate radical modifications to the format of the UEFA Champions League from 2024 onwards is ready to be made on 19 April, European soccer’s governing physique mentioned on Tuesday.

Final week European Leagues, a physique representing the pursuits of golf equipment and leagues in 30 nations throughout the continent, mentioned UEFA would decide on the anticipated modifications at a gathering this Wednesday.

UEFA confirmed it’ll focus on plans at this week’s assembly of its government committee however will look ahead to the following one earlier than finalising the modifications.

“The way forward for membership competitions post-2024 can be one of many matters mentioned,” UEFA mentioned in an announcement.

“Nonetheless, any official determination on this respect will solely be made on the subsequent UEFA government committee assembly on 19 April, as a way to finalise ongoing discussions.”

The 19 April assembly can be set to see UEFA affirm the way it will organise the delayed Euro 2020, which is because of go forward in 12 cities unfold throughout the continent however might be modified relying on what venues permit spectators to attend video games through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonetheless, the Champions League modifications — that are anticipated to be radical — will dominate discussions.

The modifications are anticipated to extend the variety of golf equipment concerned within the group stage from the present 32 to 36.

The prevailing group-stage format, consisting of eight teams of 4 groups, can be utterly shaken up.

As an alternative, UEFA is anticipated to introduce a single pool and a format referred to as the ‘Swiss system’, which is able to see groups taking part in 10 video games as a substitute of the present six.

No crew will face anybody else greater than as soon as in a system extra generally utilized in chess.

The groups ending within the high eight positions of the only pool will advance to the final 16, with the underside 12 eradicated.

In the meantime, the edges ending between ninth and twenty fourth place will go on to play two-legged play-off ties to determine the ultimate eight slots within the knockout part.

The knock-out levels will then proceed in the identical method as now, however the modifications will imply a big improve within the variety of matches performed, with a crew reaching the ultimate taking part in a minimal of 17 matches in comparison with 13 within the current format.

The results are an enormous improve within the total variety of video games performed, from 125 to 225, with the full variety of group-stage matches leaping from 96 to 180.

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