Champions League: UEFA has announced a new format of the UCL, in which the competition will involve 36 teams. However, contrary to what was speculated as the criteria to qualify for the Champions League, the club coefficient would not be considered. This would deny teams who did historically well a chance to qualify even if they did not finish in qualifying positions.
“The final two places will go to the associations with the best collective performance by their clubs in the previous season (total number of points obtained divided by the number of participating clubs),” UEFA said in a statement.
“Those two associations will earn one place for the club best ranked in the domestic league behind the UEFA Champions League positions.”
“Club ranked third in the championship of the association in fifth position (currently Ligue 1) in the UEFA national association ranking.”
⚽ The #UEFAExCo has approved the final format and access list for UEFA club competitions from the 2024/25 season.
✅ No more access granted based on club coefficients.
✅ Eight matches instead of ten in the new league phase.
— UEFA (@UEFA) May 10, 2022
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin further explained the new format. “I am really pleased that it was a unanimous decision of the UEFA Executive Committee. With the European Club Association, European Leagues and National Associations all agreeing with the proposal made,” he said in a statement.
“Another proof that European football is more united than ever. Qualification will thus remain purely based on sporting performance and the dream to participate will remain for all clubs.”
“The top eight teams in the league phase qualify for the knockouts. Meanwhile teams finishing 9th-24th will play two-legged playoffs to secure a last-16 spot,” UEFA added.