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UEFA Confirms Changes In UEFA Champions League Kick Off Times

UEFA have announced that they will change the kickoff times of Champions League games from the 2018-19 season.

Matches in Europe’s premier club competition have traditionally begun at 7.45pm UK time since the tournament’s inception.

However, UEFA are set to adopt the Europa League format of two separate kickoff times, with matches changing to begin at 6pm UK and 8pm UK.

European football’s governing body are hopeful that the changes will allow fans to see more live games than they would with matches all kicking off at the same time.

The new kick-off time is far from the most controversial of the changes to the Champions League.

UEFA’s Executive Committee also announced they will be following through on plans to give past winners of European competitions bonus coefficient points which will help them gain better seedings and favourable draws.

This change was strongly supported by fallen giants like AC Milan and Inter Milan but will make the competition tougher for new kids on the block like Man City and Leicester.

UEFA stated: “Meanwhile, the club coefficient used for financial distribution purposes will cover the last ten years and will include bonus points for previous titles to reflect the longer-term contribution of clubs to the competition brand and success.”

A table on the UEFA website explains how the bonus points will be allocated.

It has also been announced that Lyon will host the 2018 Europa League final.

Kiev was announced as the host of the 2018 Champions League final in September.

The announcement is the latest in a line of changes to the sport at the highest level, with FIFA currently considering drastic alterations to the World Cup.

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