The current round of 16 format will be replaced by a group stage
The Women's Champions League will change its model from the 2021/2022 season. This was decided on Wednesday by the UEFA Executive Committee that aims to revolutionize the maximum European club competition. After the qualification rounds, the round of 32 will disappear and the new format will include a group phase of 16 teams, with centralized marketing and television coverage. "The best women's club competition in the world will have the platform and visibility it deserves," said UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin.
The new model will have a group phase in which the 16 teams will be divided in four groups of four playing at home and at home. The two best in each group access the quarterfinals.
"In principle," UEFA said, “The defender of the title and the champions of the three best leagues in the continent”Will directly access the group stage. The other route of entry is through the two previous rounds, designed to have a minimum of 10 countries represented among the 16 best teams in the tournament.
As of the 2021/22 season, the six best associations on the continent will have three representatives in the Women's Champions League. The associations located between positions 7 and 16 of the ranking of coefficients will be entitled to two places while of the remaining associations only the champions will be classified.
With the renewal of the format, designed in collaboration with the Association of European Clubs, UEFA aims to increase the competitiveness of the matches and increase their quality and visibility.