Champions League Games Could Be Coming To Weekends
There's talk of monumental changes to the Champions League in the near future - with games potentially being played on the weekends instead of midweek.
Elliot Richardson, who is the Chairman of Dugout, tweeted to say that he has heard from "very good sources" that UCL games will indeed be moving in a bid to maximise the Asian and US audiences interested in the European football's premier club competition.
Chairman of Dugout, Elliot Richardson, says the Champions League will move to weekends :fire::fire::fire::fire::fire:https://t.co/CUwVhSPUqM- 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) January 9, 2019
Of course, it would also majorly mess up the schedule in domestic leagues across Europe but it's said that domestic games would shift to mid-week to accommodate Champions League action.
We currently have the final on a weekend ay at the end of the Champions League campaign but having all the games played on Saturdays and Sunday just feels plain wrong and it feels like a wholly unnecessary change.
Since 2003/04 there have been eight groups of four teams in the Champions League - with the top two progressing to the round of 16 after six games. Matches have been played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
However, as per Sport BILD, we could soon have four groups of eight teams as well as a drastic schedule change whereby we see the UCL played at the end of every week.
Going into this season, UEFA announced new kick-off times of 17:55 and 20:00 (GMT), 23-man squads instead of while they recently revealed that VAR and a fourth substitute will be used starting with this season's knockout changes.
From next season, there will be some important changes to @ChampionsLeague, @EuropaLeague & #SuperCup regulations:- UEFA (@UEFA) March 27, 2018
:arrows_counterclockwise: 4th substitute
:1234: Expanded squads for finals
⏱️ New kick-off times
:pencil: Player registration
Read more :point_down:https://t.co/9PjPXH6Ics
But moving it to weekends, in a huge overhaul of the competition everyone loves, would inevitably be the most drastic change and we can't see it going down well.
If it's not broken, don't fix it.
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