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Champions League to expand from 32 to 36 teams from 2024 as Uefa approves new format

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Under Uefa-approved amendments, the number of teams in the Champions League group stage will increase from 32 to 36 in 2024-25. Each side will play eight games over ten match weeks under the new format.

Champions League to expand from 32 to 36 teams from 2024 as Uefa approves new formatHowever, a plan to award two Champions League spots to individual teams based on on their previous European achievement has been scrapped.

Instead, two of the four extra places will be determined by a country’s clubs’ performance in Europe during the previous season. If the regulations set to be implemented in 2024-25 were in effect now, the Premier League and the Dutch Eredivisie would each gain an additional spot for next season.

Another berth will be given to the league’s third-placed team, according to Uefa.

By raising the number of teams qualifying via the ‘Champions Path’ from four to five, the European governing body announced a fourth berth will go to one country’s domestic champions. This is the term given by Uefa to the qualifying procedure for domestic champions who do not qualify for the group stage automatically.

Uefa, on the other hand, rejected a plan that would have allowed teams to enter the competition simply based on prior performance, which opponents claimed would have favored ‘larger’ brands and provided them with a safety net if they had a bad season.

It has also changed its early proposal to expand the number of games each side in the group phase from six to ten, instead increasing the number to eight.

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