Uefa bows to criticism and modifies proposed changes to Champions League format

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin during a press conference following a Uefa Executive Committee meeting. (Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images).

European football’s governing body Uefa has bowed to criticism of its expanded Champions League format and dropped controversial plans to allocate places based on five-year club co-efficient rankings.

The expanded group stage will still grow from 32 to 36 teams in 2024, but the proposed number of match day rounds will only increase from six to eight, instead of the original proposal of 10.

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