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.
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.
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.