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Published: 10:37 | 24/3/16

UEFA considering Champions League changes

UEFA is considering changing the format of the Champions League from the start of the 2018-19 season.

The threat of a breakaway Super League has prompted UEFA to look at the format of the competition and a number of proposals are being discussed with clubs.

One of the proposals being considered is the expansion of the knockout round, which would then be followed by a group stage - made up of eight teams in two groups - which would mean 14 matches for each club.

"UEFA is in constant contact with all stakeholders, including the clubs, on all football matters," a spokesman for UEFA told The Guardian.

"Therefore, any plans to evolve the format of our club competitions would be coordinated and negotiated together with them.

"There are currently no concrete proposals on the table since we are at the beginning of a new cycle of our club competitions."

Currently there are eight groups of four clubs but under the proposal the group stage would continue beyond Christmas and would effectively replace the round of 16.

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