UEFA has confirmed there will be a total of 36 teams in the Champions League starting 2024 onwards.
This was made official on Monday against the backdrop of the formation of the European Super League (ESL), which brings together 12 teams from three countries.
The new format will feature 10 group-stage matches for each team before the 16-team knockout stage, translating to more matches for each team.
Meanwhile, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin has warned players and clubs that have joined the Super League that they will be barred from taking part in competitions like EURO and the World Cup.
“The players that will play in the closed league will be banned from playing in the World Cup and Euros,” said the UEFA president in a press conference on Monday. “They will not be allowed to play for their national teams.”
He added: “I cannot stress more strongly at this moment that UEFA and the football world stand united against the disgraceful self-serving proposal by a few clubs motivated by greed and nothing else.”
“We are all united against this nonsense of a project,”
The mentioned clubs have all confirmed their desire to join the league, insisting it’s for the betterment of the beautiful game.