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Champions League New 2024/25 Format



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Champions League New 2024/25 Format

The Champions League is set to undergo a major transformation starting in the 2024/25 season, with an expansion in the number of matches from 125 to 189. The new format includes a league phase that will now conclude in January instead of December, meaning there will be weeks dedicated entirely to Champions League matches without conflicting with other European competitions. The winning team will have played a total of 17 matches in the tournament, with games scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays as the new adoption norm for Europe’s elite club competition.


How the New Format Works

A noticeable change is that at least 10 out of the 36 clubs participating in the league phase will be from Italy and Germany. The total number of teams will rise from 32 to 36, some good news for Ontario sports betting and the global betting fraternity. The traditional group stage will be replaced by a single league phase involving all teams. Each club is guaranteed to play at least eight games against eight opponents during this stage with four home matches and four away games compared to the previous format where teams played six matches against three opponents on a home and away basis.

The top eight teams in the league will secure qualification for the knockout rounds.

Teams that finish between 9th and 24th will have a chance to compete in a two-leg playoff for a spot in the last 16 of the competition. This new format is designed to inject excitement and competitiveness into the Champions League.

The following teams are set to participate in the league phase of the revamped Champions League.

UEFA Europa League winners:



Real Madrid



Atletico Madrid


Manchester City



Aston Villa


Bayer Leverkusen


Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig

Borussia Dortmund


Inter Milan

AC Milan




Paris Saint-Germain




PSV Eindhoven



Sporting CP


Club Brugge




Sturm Graz

Champions League winner rebalancing:

Shakhtar Donetsk

Europa League winner rebalancing:


Shakhtar Donetsk and Benfica have secured their positions as the winners of the Champions League and Europa League and have already qualified through their performance in their leagues or based on their respective country’s success in European competitions this season.

Seven teams will secure their spots through a two-legged play-off, with Rangers set to enter the competition in the third qualifying round. The draw for this stage is scheduled for July 22. Joining Rangers will be Slavia Prague, Red Bull Salzburg, and Lille.

The first leg of the play-offs will be held on August 20-21, with the return leg taking place a week later.


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Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Reading. An avid footballer, he spent time under the FAW academy programme as well as Cardiff Corinthians. Later going on to play for his university and Wellington United whilst residing in New Zealand. He currently resides in Frome, Somerset. You can contact him at [email protected]


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