The European Football Association “UEFA”, during a meeting held in the Austrian capital Vienna, Tuesday, May 10, announced reforms to the Champions League competition by adding four clubs, bringing the number of clubs participating in the tournament to 36 starting from the 2024-2025 season.
Thus, the number of matches that each club will play in the first round of the group system will increase to 8 matches against different competitors (4 at home and 4 away) instead of 6 matches against three opponents (3 home and 3 return) according to the current system.
The four new seats will be granted in the competition according to several criteria set by UEFA, which is one seat for the club that occupies third place in the fifth-ranked country in the continent, and one seat for the club crowned in its country’s league by raising the number of clubs qualified through the “Champions Track” from 4 to 5, And two final seats for the associations whose clubs achieved the best collective results in the previous season (the total number of points obtained divided by the number of participating clubs).
An official statement published by UEFA read: “After extensive consultation with stakeholders in the game, the UEFA Executive Committee in Vienna has approved the final format and qualification list for European club competitions from the 2025/2024 season, based on its decision of 19 April. / April 2021, which is the proposal called the Swiss system.
The eight matches (for each team) in the Champions League will be played over the 10 weeks foreseen by the decision issued in April 2021.
In this context, Aleksandar Ceferin, President of the Slovenian Confederation, said: “We are confident that the new system that has been chosen provides a real balance, and will develop the balance of competition and provide solid revenues that we can distribute to clubs, leagues and football.”
“UEFA has clearly demonstrated today that we are fully committed to respecting the fundamental values of the sport and defending the main principle of open competitions, fully in line with the values and the European sporting model based on solidarity,” Ceferin added.
He added, “Today’s decisions were the conclusion of a wide-ranging consultation process during which we listened to the ideas of fans, players, coaches, national federations, clubs and leagues, to name a few, with the aim of finding the best solution for the development and success of European football at the local and international levels.”
He continued: “We are convinced that the format chosen strikes the right balance, will improve the competitive balance and generate strong revenue that can be distributed to clubs, leagues and popular football throughout our continent, while increasing the attractiveness and popularity of our club’s competitions.”
The UEFA President concluded: “I am really pleased that it was a unanimous decision of the UEFA Executive Committee, with the European Club Association, the European Leagues and the National Confederations all agreeing to the proposal presented. Further evidence that European football is more united than ever before. “.
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