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UEFA confirm eight-game group stage for Champions League, extra spaces to best performing countries from 2024 - The Athletic

UEFA has confirmed the new format for the Champions League from the start of the 2024-25 season.The Athletic revealed earlier on Tuesday that a compromise...

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UEFA has confirmed the new format for the Champions League from the start of the 2024-25 season.

The Athletic revealed earlier on Tuesday that a compromise was on the cusp of being reached between UEFA and the top European clubs over the format.

It was expected that the competition would increase to eight matches at the group stage, rather than the current six. There had previously been a plan that each team would play 10 games at that point of the competition as part of the new “Swiss model”.

The Europa League will also follow the format of the new Champions League with eight matches in the league stage while the Conference League will have six matches in the league stage.

It was also reported that two of the four additional places, with the tournament expanding to 36 teams from 32, would go to the two associations with the best collective performance by clubs in the previous season.

UEFA has now confirmed that will be the case.

The newly confirmed format does away with the controversial “historic” places that would have been dished out to teams with strong personal coefficients, irrespective of their nation's performance annually.

The other two places go to, firstly, the club ranked third in the fifth-placed association in Europe, with the other going to another “Champions Path” team.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “UEFA has clearly shown today that we are fully committed to respecting the fundamental values of sport and to defending the key principle of open competitions, with qualification based on sporting merit, fully in line with the values and solidarity-based European sports model.

“Today’s decisions conclude an extensive consultation process during which we listened to the ideas of fans, players, coaches, national associations, clubs and leagues to name but a few, with the aim to find the best solution for the development and success of European football, both domestically and on the international club stage.

“We are convinced that the format chosen strikes the right balance and that it will improve the competitive balance and generate solid revenues that can be distributed to clubs, leagues and into grassroots football across our continent while increasing the appeal and popularity of our club competitions."

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