UEFA announce new Champions League amid talk of a rival European Super League

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UEFA have announced a new Champions League which is set to come into effect in 2024 amid talk of a rival European Super League.

UEFA have confirmed a 36-team Champions League competition which will include a single league format to replace the group stage.

The changes are slated to come into effect in 2024, with fixtures set to be played on Thursdays instead of Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and a play-off round added to the first stage.

The current Champions League format sees four teams compete in eight pools with the top two qualifying for the last 16 but that will be scrapped in favour of a single league including 36 teams.

Each team will play a total of 10 games home and away, with the top eight automatically qualifying for the last 16 and those finishing between ninth and 24th to compete in two-legged play-offs to decide who else makes the knockout stage.

The teams that finish lower than 24th will exit European competition completely, and the last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all continue with their original format.

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