UEFA’s executive committee has unanimously approved a new 36-team format for the Champions League.
According to a report from Italian media outlet GianlucaDiMarzio.com earlier today, the new format will kick in from the 2023/2024 season onwards, with four more teams set to participate in the competition compared to the current format.
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The existing group stage format will be completely shaken up; the Champions League will consist of one 36-team league, with each team playing 10 matches on a seeded basis in a ‘Swiss model’ – five matches at home and five matches away.
The top eight teams will qualify for the knockout rounds, with there being play-offs for the remaining eight places being fought for by the teams between 9th and 24th.
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The new format would take the Champions League from 125 games to 225 games total, a significant increase which will heavily the current yearly schedule.
PSG, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – who all declined an invitation to the new Super League – are all in favour of the new format and expressed that this morning.