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UEFA Edit Women’s Champions League Format And Set To Introduce Second Club Tournament

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - MAY 18: (l-r) Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais controls the ball next to Mariona Caldentey of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Women's Champions League Final match between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Barcelona at Ferencvaros Stadium on May 18, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

After clamour from enthusiasts to change the phase of the UEFA Women’s Champions League format, the Executives of football governing body in Europe have taken decisions to this effect.

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The UEFA Executive Committee approved a new format for the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

The new form will consist of an 18-team league phase with three home and three away matches followed by knockout rounds.

The UEFA Executives also approved the creation of a second European competition for women’s clubs, with the changes becoming effective as of the 2025/2026 season.

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Full details on the competitions' format, access list and calendar will be announced in a separate communication on 4 December.

The current format of the UEFA Women's Champions League sees clubs play in the League and Champions path qualifiers with 12 teams joining league winners from France, Spain, Germany, and England in the 16-team group stage.

The current format has been subject to criticism after some top teams like Arsenal FC women and last season's runners up, Wolfsburg failed to qualify for the group stage this season.

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The match schedule and 2025 UEFA Women's Euro dates were also approved, with eight venues across Switzerland (Basel, Bern, Geneva, Luzern, Sion, St. Gallen, Thun and Zurich), hosting matches from 2 to 27 July 2025.

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The opening match and the final will be played at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.

Following the launch of the inaugural FIFA Futsal Women's World Cup in 2025, it was decided to cancel the 2024/2025 edition of the UEFA European Women's Futsal Championship and implement a four-year cycle instead, with the next final tournament in 2027.

The number of teams participating to the final tournament will furthermore be increased from four to eight.

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