No More Group Stage: UEFA Announces New Format For 2024/25 Champions League

No More Group Stage: UEFA Announces New Format For 2024/25 Champions League

  • The UEFA executive committee has announced a change in the Champions League format starting from the 2024/25 season
  • According to the new format, there will no longer be a group stage; instead, there will be a league phase in which clubs are required to play eight matches
  • Unlike the former format, where 32 teams were divided into eight groups, the league phase in the new format constituted 36 teams

UEFA has announced that the 2024/2025 edition of the Champions League will follow a new format come next season.

In a statement on its website, the UEFA executive committee announced that the format for the next season would deviate from the current one.

The committee explained the elimination of the group stage, clarifying that teams would no longer engage in home-and-away matches against three opponents.

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The current format of the Champions League group stage has 32 teams divided into eight groups of four in a group.

But in the 2024/25 season, the qualified 36 clubs will now participate in a league phase.

New format of UEFA Champions League

Four more clubs can compete against the best European teams in the new format. The 36 clubs will play in a single league competition, in which the competing clubs will be ranked together.

The UEFA committee stated that clubs will play eight matches in the league phase, which is serving as a former league stage, and they will not play three opponents as well as home and away.

According to the new fixture, clubs will play eight opponents, with half of the matches played at home and another half would be played away.

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The statement went on to elaborate that the clubs would be initially ranked into four seeding pots. Subsequently, each club would be drawn to face two opponents from each pot, participating in both home and away matches against their designated teams.

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Osimhen joins Haaland, Mbappe in UEFA records

In the UEFA Champions League record chat, reported that Victor Osimhen has become the third player with the most home goals in two years.

The Napoli forward achieved the feat after scoring a remarkable goal against Barcelona in their round 16 clash in the Champions League.

The Nigerian striker is now behind Erling Haaland of Manchester City, who had scored 12 goals and Kylian Mbappe with nine goals.


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