Qualified Teams for UEFA Champions League 2024/25 competition?: Updated list

Qualified Teams for UEFA Champions League 2024/25 competition?: Updated list

Who has qualified for UEFA Champions League 2024/25?: Updated list of teams in new expanded

The UEFA Champions League is set for a major shakeup in the 2024/25 season with an expansion to a 36-team format. This replaces the traditional group stage with a single league where all teams compete against each other.

Here's a breakdown of how teams qualify:
  • Champions League & Europa League Winners: Winners from both these competitions are guaranteed a spot.
  • Domestic League Performance: 25 teams qualify directly based on their final position in their domestic league (number of teams per league varies).
  • European Performance Spots: Two additional spots are awarded to the leagues with the highest coefficient ratings (Italy and Germany for 2024/25).
  • Qualifying Phase: The remaining seven spots are determined through a qualification playoff process.
This expansion offers more teams the chance to compete at the highest level, but it also raises concerns about increased travel demands, a potential dilution of competition quality, and a busier schedule.

Qualified Teams (as of May 9, 2024):

A full list of qualified teams is still being finalized, but some confirmed participants include

Teams qualified for 2024/25 UEFA Champions League

TeamNationQualification method
AC MilanItalyLeague position (2nd in Serie A)
ArsenalEnglandLeague position (2nd in Premier League)
Aston VillaEnglandLeague position (4th in Premier League)
AtalantaItalyEuropa League winners
Atletico MadridSpainLeague position
BarcelonaSpainLeague position
Bayer LeverkusenGermanyBundesliga champions
Bayern MunichGermanyLeague position (3rd in Bundesliga)
BolognaItalyLeague position
Borussia DortmundGermanyLeague position (5th in Bundesliga)
CelticScotlandPremiership champions
FeyenoordNetherlandsLeague position (2nd in Eredivisie)
GironaSpainLeague position
Inter MilanItalySerie A champions
JuventusItalyLeague position
LiverpoolEnglandLeague position (3rd in Premier League)
Manchester CityEnglandPremier League champions
MonacoFranceLeague position (2nd in Ligue 1)
Paris Saint-GermainFranceLigue 1 champions
PSVNetherlandsEredivisie champions
RB LeipzigGermanyLeague position (4th in Bundesliga)
Real MadridSpainLa Liga champions
Sporting CPPortugalPrimeira Liga champions
StuttgartGermanyLeague position (2nd in Bundesliga)
Aston VillaEnglandLeague position (4th in Premier League)

What are the changes to the Champions League format?

There are a number of changes coming to the Champions League format for the 2024/25 season. Here's all of the main ones:

  • In terms of the size of the tournament, the number of teams to qualify for the group stage will expand from 32 at present to 36 clubs.
  • Those 36 teams will complete in a new-look 'league phase' with the old groups effectively being pushed together into one entire league.
  • Each team will be allocated four home games and four away games against other teams across the league phase for a total of eight matches. The top eight teams in the table will qualify for the knockout round, while teams finishing between ninth and 24th will enter a playoff round. 

UEFA also stated it would increase revenue-sharing payments to €935 million ($983 million), an increase of 21% from the previous four-year cycle.

Each national association can receive up to €17 million over the four-year period to be distributed to clubs across its leagues.

UEFA says the money is earmarked for "implementing education and development programmes such as grassroots initiatives for girls and boys, social responsibility programmes, refereeing and coaching education, as well as financing football infrastructure — helping to build pitches, stadiums, training centres and headquarter offices."

It's not clear if UEFA will also decide to increase prize money for participating clubs in European competitions for the coming four-year cycle.

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