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UEFA Announce Major New Changes For 2018/19 Champions League Season

UEFA Announce Major New Changes For 2018/19 Champions League Season

UEFA have unveiled a few new changes ahead of next seasons Champions League.

Eight teams remain in Europe's elite competition this term, with Liverpool vs. Manchester City undoubtedly the tie of the quarter-final round.

But as the likes of the two English representatives, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich gear up for their two-legged knockout games, UEFA have implemented some changes for the next campaign.

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Managers will be able to make a fourth substitution.

But there's a catch. Only in knockout games during extra time. Teams will be permitted to make an extra change should their tie enter extra time, which will not affect the other three subs.

New kick-off times.

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Instead of the 19:45 (GMT) kick-offs, games will now commence at two new time slots; 17:55 (GMT)/20:00 (GMT).

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From 18 to 23-man squads.

UEFA have increased the amount of players in the match day squad, by adding an additional five players. Managers will now have up to 12 replacements on hand next season.

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Registering new players.

"Regarding the registration of players after a group stage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, a club may register three new eligible players without any restrictions. This is in line with the existing regulatory situation in the different domestic leagues, which does not impose restrictions on the eligibility for competitions of players registered for a new club during the winter transfer window."

Special multiple-winner badge.

Clubs who have won the UEFA Europa League (UEFA Cup) three consecutive times, or at least five times will don a special multiple-winner badge on their sleeve.

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The only team entitled to wear this badge next season would be Spanish outfit Sevilla.

So, that's the changes for next seasons Champions League - what do you make of them?

Let us know in the comment section below.

Topics: Football News, Football, UEFA, Champions League

Nasir Jabbar

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