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UEFA set to increase group stage matche to eight in the Champions League

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The Uefa, alongside clubs, are set to make new changes to the Champions League.

This includes increasing the number of group stage matches to eight.

The reformatted group stage would still increase from 32 to 36 teams starting in 2024, however, the number of rounds will be six to eight per team rather than 10.

The UEFA club competitions committee has agreed to the format tweaks, but the plan will now be voted on at the executive committee meeting.

Two additional places in the expanded format would be awarded to the two countries with the highest UEFA ranking based on their teams’ results in European competitions the previous season.

If the system was already in place, it would mean the fifth-place team in England would qualify for the Champions League along with a second automatic place for the Netherlands. The team finishing third in the Dutch league would get a chance to enter the qualifying rounds.

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