By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Despite mounting confusion over the future of European football amid accelerating plans for the European Super League, UEFA have confirmed their plans to revamp the Champions League from 2024-25.
UEFA revealed earlier this year their desire to shake-up Europe’s premier club competition and exactly how they plan to do that has now been revealed.
The shake-up would see the total number of teams swell from 32 to 36 and the traditional group stage format is to be abolished.
In its place a single league stage, which includes all 36 participating teams, would be devised which would see every team guaranteed 10 ‘league stage’ matches.
Five of those matches would be at home and the other five would be away from home.
The top eight sides from that ‘league stage’ format would progress to the knockout stage automatically.
Those remaining sides running from ninth to 24th would then enter two-legged eliminators to determine the other eight teams into the last-16.
The planned reforms have been revealed less than 24 hours the world of football was stunned by a press release revealing 12 of Europe’s elite clubs have committed to being founding members of a European Super League.