UEFA are set to force through a new Champions League format tomorrow, according to a report, in a move which will affect Rangers and in the face of strong opposition from clubs across the continent.
According to The Times, the 10-game Group Stage format will replace the existing groups and will increase the number of teams participating from 32 to 36.
Each side will play five home and five away games against ten opponents of different strengths based on seeding – with the results feeding into a single league table instead of smaller groups.
The top eight teams at the end of the ten games would automatically qualify for the last 16, while teams from 9th to 24th would then have a playoff to determine the other eight.
There would also be no more parachute into the Europa League for teams knocked out at this point of the competition.
The increased number of teams will come from a controversial new method which will see two teams who failed to qualify for the Champions League through their domestic performance given a spot based on their historic performance in continental competition.
That will see the two teams with the highest coefficient promoted from the Europa League – sparking the ire of smaller clubs across Europe.
With the move set to be pushed through tomorrow, there are still far more details to come through from UEFA on how the match calendar will work.
The changes won’t come into effect for a few years but it is certainly not the last we’ve heard of it as Rangers prepare to make their return to the competition for the first time in a decade next season.
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