Football supporters are set for a change in their TV habits, as UEFA have announced plans for Champions League fixtures to have two separate kick-off times from 2018 in a bid to allow "fans opportunities to watch more matches".
The top four nations in the rankings, at this point Spain, Germany, England and Italy, will each have four teams in the round of 32, without the clubs having to go through the preliminary stages.
There will be two matches played in the earlier slot and six in the later one over two days per matchweek during the group stages.
The administrative body for football in Europe, UEFA, has announced that they will change the kickoff times of Champions League games from the 2018-19 season.
Uefa will continue with the new kick-off times until the end of the 2020-2021 season, when it will conduct a review.
Further announcements from UEFA's Executive Committee meeting in Nyon included a change to club coefficient structures, removing the 20 per cent contribution of the national association coefficient to ensure clubs are ranked on their individual merit. The club coefficient used for seeding purposes will be calculated using results of the past five years to reflect the current strength of teams and will not contain bonus points for previous titles. It seems inevitable. In the wake of revelations that Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup to 16 groups of three, UEFA has revealed that it is altering the set-up of the Champions League.
League winners who are eliminated in the qualifying round of the competition will still have a chance of earning a place in the second tier competition, with the Europa League getting its own champions' path.
In addition, Uefa has invited countries wishing to bid to host Euro 2024 to confirm their interest by March 3, 2017.
UEFA said the so-called Final Four would be played between June 5-9 and the hosts would be chosen from among the four semi-finalists.
Lyon opened their 59,000-seat Parc OL at the beginning of this year.