Here Are More Changes To The UCL You Need To Know About
As you’ll probably know, the Champions League is changing from the 2018/19 season.
The top four leagues from across Europe will be guaranteed four qualification places, with the co-efficient rating scrapped.
But that’s not enough for UEFA, according to German newspaper Bild, who report that kick off times are also set to change, to maximise TV revenue.
Currently, all Champions League games kick off at 7.45pm, except games played in Russia, which get underway at 5.30pm.
But, under the new proposals, games would kick off at 6pm and 8pm, meaning the action on a Tuesday and Wednesday night would follow a similar pattern to the one that the Europa League currently does.
This way, every game can be televised and no one can miss out by being shown at the same time as another match.
We’ve all been there, when we have to choose to watch either Bayern Munich vs Juventus or Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, but under the new idea, that could be a thing of the past.
And it would also mean whoever owns the rights to show English teams in the Champions League will be able to show two teams on one night, rather than pick one over the other.
We often criticise governing bodies for messing around with our game too much, but if this is one step further towards killing the idea of a breakaway ‘Super League’, then that’s fine by me.