the new format approved by UEFA, with good news for France

UEFA has definitively approved the new Champions League format, which will come into effect for the 2024-2025 season. More teams, a mini-championship for the group stage, an additional French club if France remains 5th in the UEFA coefficient… We tell you everything you need to know about this new version.

The Champions League is officially getting a makeover. Meeting in the executive committee this Tuesday in Vienna, UEFA approved the new format of its premier competition, which will come into force at the start of the 2024-2025 season. Main change compared to the initial proposal, revealed in recent months: the passage from 10 to 8 group stage matches for each team, against 6 currently.

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From 2024-2025, the third in Ligue 1 will be directly qualified if France remains the 5th European nation in the UEFA ranking at the end of the 2022-2023 season. In the old version, the third in Ligue 1 had to, except in special cases, go through the 3rd preliminary round and a play-off.

The revolution of the mini-championship

As a reminder, the pools will take place in the format of a mini-championship with 36 teams (against 32 currently). The groups in the true sense of the word will disappear and each team will play against eight different opponents, with four home games and four away games. At the end of this mini-championship, the first eight will qualify for the round of 16, while the teams ranked between 9th and 24th place will compete in a play-off to join the final phase. The Europa League and the Europa Conference League will also abandon this “classic” group stage for a mini-championship with eight (C3) and six (C4) games.

In the new formula of its queen competition, UEFA will also allocate two places in the Champions League to the two countries whose clubs are the most successful in Europe over the current season. The European confederation finally abandoned the idea of ​​rewarding the teams with the highest UEFA coefficient.

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