UEFA Champions League 22 May 2024, 17:31

All you need to know about the new Champions League format

All you need to know about the new Champions League format
With second place in their pocket, AS Monaco have qualified directly for the next Champions League campaign. It will be a campaign quite different from previous ones since UEFA has decided to change the format of its competitions from this summer.

Back in the Champions League ! After finishing in second place in the Ligue 1 table at the end of the 2023-2024 season, our Rouge et Blanc have punched their ticket for the “big ears cup” next season, six years after their last participation. Before diving back into the emotion of European nights and AS Monaco’s tenth Champions League campaign, here is everything you need to know about the new format of the Champions League. 🇪🇺

From the group stage… to the league stage! 🔄

The legendary group stage in force since 1992, during which 32 teams were divided into eight groups of four, is now over. From now on, 36 participants will be brought together in a single group! Next season, AS Monaco will therefore play a minimum of eight matches, instead of six previously, against eight different opponents (only one match per opponent).

Two opponents from each of four pots 🗓️

The teams have been sorted into four pots according to their UEFA coefficients. Each club will then be drawn to face two opponents from each of these hats, with one match at home and one away. In the new format, the top eight are thus directly qualified for the round of 16.

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Playoffs and more 🚧

Then from 9th to 24th place, the teams will take part in a two-legged play-off. The teams who finish from 9th to 16th place then act as seeded clubs and host the first leg. The winners of the play-offs then move on to the round of 16, while the losers are eliminated from all European competition.

Below 24th place, these other teams are also definitely out play. A win counts for three points and the draw at one point. The new league format ensures that each result can radically change a team’s place, until the very last round.

A full draw for the knockout round 🗳️

A victory or defeat can make the difference between direct qualification, participation in the play-offs or elimination from the competition. From the round of 16 onwards, however, the format will be played in the classic knockout style, with a two-legged tie. The full draw will be established from the outset, with a full draw which will define in advance the Round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals.

An extended calendar 📅

The Rouge et Blanc will in any case know their full schedule for the league phase, following the draw which will take place on August 29 at UEFA headquarters. This first part of the competition which will extend from September 17… to January 29, with a final round which will see all the matches played simultaneously!

The knockout phase will begin on February 11. There will therefore be Champions League matches every month until the final, which is scheduled for May 31.

Tickets available June 5! 🎟️

It’s all for an opportunity, according to the governing body of European football, to have a greater chance of seeing the best teams in Europe compete earlier in the competition. And for supporters of the Principality club, to witness the biggest matches at the Stade Louis-II. So don’t wait, and see you next Wednesday, June 5 when the online ticket site opens — take advantage of a Ligue 1 – Champions League package! 

📅 The 2024-2025 Champions League fixtures

> League pgase 

1st matchday: Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September
2nd matchday: Tuesday October 1 and Wednesday October 2
3rd matchday: Tuesday October 22 and Wednesday October 23
4th matchday: Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 November
5th matchday: Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November
6th matchday: Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 December
7th matchday: Tuesday January 21 and Wednesday January 22
8th matchday: Wednesday January 29

> Knockout rounds

Playoffs: Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12, Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 February
Round of 16: Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 March
Quarterfinals: Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9, Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 April
Semi-finals: Tuesday May 6 and Wednesday May 7
Final: Saturday May 31 (in Munich)