The competition will be contested by 36 teams in 2024.
UEFA’s Competitions Committee, chaired by Fernando Gomes, gave the green light on Tuesday to the new model of the Champions League, which will come into force from 2024/25. The competition will now be played by 36 teams instead of the current 32, with more games scheduled and will have two places allocated by country ranking instead of club.
At an Executive Committee meeting in Austria’s capital Vienna, UEFA heard from all sides and gave the green light to the latest changes. The most important will be the fact of allocating two places to the countries with the best score of the previous season (this year it would be England and the Netherlands), contrary to what was initially planned (two places for the clubs with the best coefficient score of the last five years who did not directly qualify for the Champions League).
Remember that instead of the Champions League group stage, there is a single league of 36 teams. Each club will be guaranteed a minimum of eight games in the league phase against eight different opponents. [quatro jogos em casa e quatro fora] instead of the previous six games against three teams, played home and away. The top eight ranked will advance to the next stage, while those ranked between 9th and 24th will compete in a play-off to determine eight other teams.
The fifth country in the UEFA ranking places three clubs directly into the Champions League group stage. The sixth highest ranking [posição atual de Portugal, que começará a próxima época em sétimo, confirmada a ultrapassagem pelos Países Baixos] will be represented by two, with one more team for the qualifications.
Criteria for the four additional clubs in this increase from 32 to 36 teams:
– One for fifth place in the standings, which now has three direct;
– One for the Chemin des Champions, which goes from four to five;
– Two for the countries with the highest scores from the previous season