Will the Champions League be revolutionized? In any case, UEFA wants to play both the final and the semifinals in just one game. According to media reports, UEFA is planning a “Week of Football” where both the semi-finals and the final will take place. The three games are scheduled to take place within a week at the same stadium. However, the reform is not fixed yet. It still needs the commitment of the European leagues. However, the changes will not come into effect before the 2024/25 season. In 2024, the final at Wembley Stadium would be held in the old format for the last time.
The Nations League should serve as a model. The top four teams meet here in a “Final Four” system. The winner will be chosen within five days. This is how it should be in the Champions League in the future. None other than the boss of Paris St. Germain Nasser Al-Khelaifi spoke positively about the reform plans. The Champions League final has already taken place in a similar format, but due to the corona pandemic. But there are still infrastructural problems. Only cities that could prepare for 100,000 fans would be considered. The list of potential candidates is very small.
What is fixed, however, is that the Champions League will look completely different from 2024. Instead of the previous 32 teams, 36 teams will play. There will no longer be a group phase. Instead, all teams will play in one table. Each team plays ten games against ten different opponents (five home games, five away games). The opponents are drawn in advance from four seed pots. The top eight Tems qualify for the round of 16. The teams ranked 9th to 24th play the remaining eight round of 16 in a new play-off round (with a two-legged game). After that it continues as before.