UEFA Discuss Making Drastic Changes To The Champions League Format
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is said to have met with Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of Juventus and the executive member of the European Club Association and discusses making some huge changes to the Champions League group stage format.
For years now, since 2003/04 in fact there have been eight groups of four teams - 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 instead have four groups of eight teams as well as the fixtures being played on the weekend.
The thinking is that it would attract more viewers in the Chinese market - which does seem a bit daft considering this is European football's premier club competition.
Of course, it would also majorly mess up the schedule in domestic leagues across Europe but with all this talk about a Super League being formed, don't be surprised if it does come to fruition.
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:
:arrows_counterclockwise: 4th substitute
:1234: Expanded squads for finals
⏱️ New kick-off times
:pencil: Player registration
Read more :point_down:https://t.co/9PjPXH6Ics
- UEFA (@UEFA) March 27, 2018
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.
Back in January 2017, FIFA confirmed that the World Cup will feature 48 teams from 2026 onwards as opposed to the usual 32-team model that has been in place for as long as we can remember.
The FIFA Council unanimously decided on a 48-team #WorldCup as of 2026:
16 groups of 3 teams. Details to follow after the meeting.
- FIFA Media (@fifamedia) January 10, 2017