UEFA approves the final version and entry list for club competitions from the 2024/25 season | European Conference League

After extensive consultations with stakeholders in the game, the UEFA Executive Committee today approved in Vienna the final format and access list for European club competitions from the 2024/25 season, following its decision on 19 April 2021 to introduce the “Swiss System”.

The main changes relate to the reduction from ten to eight matches in the league stage of the UEFA Champions League and the modification of the criteria for awarding two of the four additional places in this competition by eliminating qualification on the basis of the ranking by the club coefficient. This decision underscores UEFA’s firm commitment to the principle of open competitions based on sporting merit, while recognizing the need to protect national championships.

The eight UEFA Champions League matches will take place over the 10 European weeks scheduled in the April 2021 decision. The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League will each have an exclusive week in the calendar.

The additional four places created by the increase in the number of teams in the UEFA Champions League stage from 32 to 36 will be allocated as follows:

• A place will be allocated to the club ranked third in the Federation League in fifth place in the UEFA National Federation classification.

• A place will be awarded to the National Champion thanks to the extension from four to five of the number of eligible clubs on the “Champion Road”.

• The last two places will go to the associations whose clubs collectively performed the best during the previous season (total points obtained divided by the number of participating clubs). These two associations would benefit from a place for the highest-ranked club in their national championship after the last club qualified in the UEFA Champions League. For example, at the end of the current season, the two associations that can add a club to the Champions League based on the collective performance of their clubs will be England and Holland.

• The UEFA Executive Committee has once again confirmed that apart from the final match, all matches will continue in the middle of the week, in recognition of the importance of domestic matches in Europe.

Commenting on the decisions, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said:

“UEFA has clearly demonstrated today that it is fully committed to upholding the core values ​​of sport and upholding the main principle of open competitions, with a qualification phase based on sporting merit, in line with the European sport model based on solidarity.”

“Today’s decisions are the result of a long consultation process during which we listened to the ideas of fans, players, coaches, national associations, clubs and leagues, to name a few. All stakeholders, with the aim of finding the best solution for the development and success of European football both nationally and internationally.”

“We are convinced that the formula chosen is harmonious, that it will improve the balance of competitions and ensure solid revenue that can be redistributed to clubs, leagues and popular football on our continent, while increasing the attractiveness and popularity of club competitions.”

“I am really pleased that this is a unanimous decision by the UEFA Executive Committee, in agreement with the European Club Association (ECA), the European Leagues and the National Confederations. It is further evidence that European football is more unified than ever before.”

Thus, qualification will still be based solely on sporting performance, and all clubs will be able to continue dreaming of Europe. »

Formula Summary

The number of participants in the UEFA Champions League will increase from 32 to 36 teams, but the biggest change will be the transformation of the traditional group stage into a single league stage in which all participating teams are competing. Each team will now benefit from a guaranteed minimum of eight matches in the league stage against eight different opponents (four home matches and four away matches), instead of the six matches previously played against three teams, in the form of home and away matches.

The top eight teams from the league stage will automatically advance to the knockout stage, while teams finishing from 9th to 24th place will play at home and away to advance to the knockout stages.

The same format changes will apply to the UEFA Europa League (eight matches in the league stage) and the UEFA Europa Conference League (six matches), both of which will see a 36-team league stage.

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