By Victor Kanayo
The European football body, UEFA, has revealed plans to change the format of Women’s Champions League as from the 2025-26 season.
UEFA Executive Committee approved the changes at its Executive Committee meeting in Hamburg on Saturday ahead of the group stage draw for next summer’s European Championships.
The committee said it will move the competition closer to the new format planned for the men’s Champions League.
From next season, the men’s Champions League will do away with the traditional eight groups of four and replace them with one 36-team league, where teams play four matches at home and four away in a seeded system before moving into the knockout phase.
According to the organisers, the new Champions League format for Women will consist of an 18-team league phase with three home and three away matches followed by knockout rounds.
UEFA also said further details on the new format will be issued on Monday, December 4, 2023.
Barcelona are the current Champions League holders after they edged Wolfsburg 3-2 in a thrilling final at the end of last season.