This season’s Champions League schedule has been altered as a result of World Cup going down in winter (Image: Richard Heathcote/Getty Photographs)
The World Cup has been moved from summer season to the winter as a result of exceptionally excessive temperatures within the Middle Eastern country in June and July.
With gamers away with their nationwide groups for 4 weeks in the course of the season, nationwide and continental federations have needed to make vital modifications to their schedules.
Here’s what you have to know in regards to the World Cup altering the plans for this season’s Champions League.
How is the World Cup affecting this season’s Champions League?
This yr’s Champions League group stage will take simply eight weeks to finish as an alternative of the standard 12.
The Group stage will begin on September 6 and end on November 2.
It’s because gamers should be launched by their golf equipment to their nationwide groups by November 13 in preparation for the World Cup.
The condensed schedule has left followers scrambling to kind out flights and lodging for his or her group’s away video games in Europe.
And Champions League managers have already expressed their frustration with the congested fixture listing and the impact it will have on participant health and welfare.
The World Cup is already inflicting havoc for home and continental fixture lists (Image: Christopher Pike/Getty Photographs)
Golf equipment competing in Europe this season additionally face a squeezing of the domestic fixture list, which means these groups shall be enjoying thrice every week between now and the beginning of the World Cup because of the Premier League and League Cup fixtures.
Groups which have certified from the Champions League group stage will discover out their Spherical of 16 opponents when the draw is made on November 7.
The Champions League knock-out phases will start in February as typical, and won’t be affected by the World Cup.
When does the World Cup begin?
The World Cup will begin on November 20, with hosts Qatar taking over Ecuador.
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England’s first Group B fixture shall be November 21, with the Three Lions taking over Iran.
The World Cup remaining will happen on the Lusail Worldwide Stadium on December 18.
The Premier League will swing again into motion with its full Boxing Day schedule simply eight days later.
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