The key change in the reforms is the departure from the current group stage, which splits 32 clubs into eight pools. From the 2024/25 campaign, there will be a single league made up of 36 teams.
Each participating side will contest 10 fixtures against as many different opponents, with half of them at home and half of them away. The top eight teams will advance automatically to the round of 16 and those placed between ninth and 24th will enter a play-off round. Clubs that finish between ninth and 16th in the league will be seeded and hold home advantage in the second leg.
The eight clubs who prevail in the play-offs will then progress to the round of 16 where they will each face one of the top-eight finishers. The competition will then continue to follow its existing format of knockout rounds leading to the final staged at a neutral venue selected by UEFA.
In addition, UEFA has already confirmed that both the Europa League and the all-new Europa Conference League will evolve in the same way, with a single league replacing the group stage.
The topic of this new Champions League format has been widely discussed this week .