UEFA plans a mini-tournament in the United States at the opening of the C1

UEFA has no shortage of ideas when it comes to filling the few empty slots in the Stakhanovite calendar of its best footballers. Latest thought? The creation of a mini-tournament at the start of the Champions League, probably in the United States.

This mini-tournament would oppose four European teams, including the title holder of the C1, according to the newspaper The Team. Also according to the sports daily, it was proposed in a tender document for the period 2024-2027. UEFA admitted it was “an idea mentioned in the tender, but nothing is decided”.

New formula

This change would not necessarily increase the number of matches, according to a source familiar with the matter. From the 2024-2025 season, synonymous with the new C1 formula, the Champions League will begin with an 8-day mini-championship with 36 teams, compared to 32 clubs currently playing the group stage over 6 days. In total, 225 matches will be played, instead of 125 today.

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