Semi-finals with back and forth play could be a thing of the past in the Champions League in three years.
According to a report by the English daily “The Times”, there are mind games for further modification of the most important European club competition for the reform of the football king class already decided from the 2024/25 season. Accordingly, the winner of the Champions League could be determined in a final four tournament of the top four teams such as handball or basketball in the future. That was already the case at the end of the first Corona season when FC Bayern in 2020 prevailed in Portugal’s capital Lisbon.
The introduction of a so -called “Week of Football” with semi -finals and final in just one place is planned. These considerations would be supported by the European Club Association ECA, it said from the “Times”. However, a decision has not yet been made, within the European Football Union there are also critical voices for the plans, it said.
Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin had already spoken out for the introduction of a final tournament last year. “That could be great. And efficiently with a view to the income when it is done correctly,” said Ceferin in 2021 of the French “L’équipe”. This could be a “fantastic event” with a week full of football, said Ceferin to the advantages. However, the clubs would lose home games and, due to the lower number of games, there would be fewer TV broadcasts.
Most recently, the UEFA decided to reform the Champions League from 2024. Then 36 instead of 32 teams will take part in the preliminary round, and there will also be a total of 100 more games.