The next edition of the highest continental European soccer competition has its calendar and will open on August 16, 2023.
The development of the tournament will return to the traditional after a 2022/2023 edition, where the season began on August 16 with the Super Cup match between the winning team of the current edition of the Champions League and the one that wins the Europa League.
The calendar for the European club competitions in the 2023/2024 season is available in this new edition, which It will be one of the star competitions for the main betting houses in Panama.
When do the qualifying rounds start?
The Champions starts with the previous qualifiers that will be held on June 27 in the preliminary round. After it they go on to play the rounds and the final playoff, with which all the teams that go to the group stage are decided. The Playoffs are scheduled to be played on August 22/23 for the first legs and 29/30 for the second legs.
The official phase and that is where “the good stuff” begins, is on September 19 and 20where the phase begins and that is disputed during six different dates until the middle of the month of December.
In addition to the first day that we have just mentioned, the second will be on October 3 and 4, the third will be held on October 24 and 25. For the month of November, the fourth day will be played on the 7th and 8th and the fifth day on the 28th and 29th of the same month.
On December 12 and 13, the sixth date will be set in which the teams that will pass the qualifiers directly will be known.
The knockout round
In the case of the round of 16, as usual, is divided into four different days so that it can be equated with the Europa League. It will be held on the 13th and 14th, as well as on the 20th and 21st of February, as well as in March on the days from the 5th to the 6th and from the 12th to the 13th.
The month of April is chosen for the matches that will be played in the quarterfinals. The first legs will be the week of 9 to 10 and the return for the following weekend of April 16 to 17.
On April 30 and May 1 will be the moment in which the first leg of the semifinals will be played. The return will be played seven days later, on May 7 and 8.
The final will be played on June 1 in the incomparable setting of London’s Wembley Stadium.
Europa League competitions and also the Conference League They are held again in their usual format.
The same goes for the other club-level competitions held by UEFA. Back to normality for the Europa League and also for the Conference League. The group stage begins for both competitions on September 21which will be held on October 5 and 26, November 9 and 30 and December 14, 2023.
— UEFA Europa Conference League (@europacnfleague) April 24, 2023
On February 15 and 22, 2024 will be when the first round of knockouts will be played, which are direct in the round of 16. The eighths will be played on March 7 and 14, leaving the quarters for the dates of April 11 and 18.
The semifinals will be held in the month of May, the first leg would be on the 2nd and the return a week later. The final of the second continental competition, the Europa League, will be played on May 22, 2024. The match will be played at the Dublin Arena in the Irish capital. Five days later the Conference League will be played at the Nuevo San Mamés in Bilbao.
Bigger changes to come by 2024/2025
The 2024/2025 season will have an important change, because the competition and development will be changed. The eight groups with four teams each disappear, as now it will become a single group.
This group will be made up of 36 clubs, not the 32 that currently exist. Although the first intention is for each one to play 10 games against randomly selected rivals, in the end the decision was made to play eight games, four at home and four away in the 10 European weeks that have been planned.
Likewise, the extra places will not be by invitation based on the historical ranking, they will be distributed by sporting merits: one for the club that has finished third in the association in 5th place by UEFA and another will be for a national champion. , There will be five teams that will qualify with the “Route of Champions”:
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— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 22, 2023
Regarding the two remaining places, they will be for the associations that have had a better collective performance by the clubs the previous season for the squad that is positioned behind the qualifying positions for the Champions League.
For Qualifying for the round of 16 will be achieved directly for the teams located between 1st and 8th place. From 9th to 24th they will play a round-trip tiebreaker to get their place in the next one.
All of this seeks balance and more competitiveness and income generation to be distributed among clubs, leagues and grassroots football throughout the continent, at the same time that they will be much more attractive competitions.
The changes will not only occur in the Champions League. The Europa League and the Conference League are going to undergo modifications, since there will be four more places until there are 36 clubs. Some modifications that we hope will have a positive effect in both competitions.