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What is the new champions league format released by UEFA?

UEFA have finalized the changes in format for all UEFA club competitions to be in place from the 2024/2025 season.

New UEFA Champions League format summary :

- Total number of teams will be increased from 32 to 36

- Every club will now be guaranteed a minimum of 8 league stage games against 8 different opponents (four home games, four away) rather than the previous six matches against three teams, played on a home-and-away basis

- The top eight sides in the league will qualify automatically for the knockout stage

- Teams finishing in ninth to 24th place will compete in a two-legged play-off to secure their path to the last 16 of the competition.

-Similar format changes will also be applied to the UEFA Europa League (8 matches in the league stage)

-UEFA Europa Conference League will have similar formats with (6 matches in the league stage) and both will also include 36 teams in the league phase.

How is the spot for the 4 extra teams for the UCL allocated?

• One place will go to the club ranked third in the championship of the association in fifth position in the UEFA national association ranking.

• One place will be awarded to a domestic champion by extending from four to five the number of clubs qualifying via the so-called “Champions Path”.

• The final two places will go to the associations with the best collective performance by their clubs in the previous season (total number of points obtained divided by the number of participating clubs). Those two associations will earn one place for the club best ranked in the domestic league behind the UEFA Champions League positions. For example, at the end of the current season the two associations adding one club to the Champions League, based on the collective performance of their clubs would be England and the Netherlands.

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