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Group stage to be introduced in women’s Champions League

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The women's Champions League is to be transformed with the introduction of a group stage in what European governing body UEFA says will be a "game changer".

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Women's Champions League Final – Ferencvaros Stadium, Budapest, Hungary – May 18, 2019 Olympique Lyonnais' Sarah Bouhaddi and team mates celebrate winning the Women's Champions League with the trophy REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo

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NYON, Switzerland: The women's Champions League is to be transformed with the introduction of a group stage in what European governing body UEFA says will be a "game changer".

UEFA said on Wednesday that, instead of the knockout format which is currently used, the competition would consist of groups of four once it reached the last 16 from the 2021-2022 season onwards.

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"The world's best women's club competition will get both the platform and visibility it deserves," said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

UEFA added that marketing and television coverage would be centralised from the group stage onwards and matches would be scheduled to avoid clashing with any other major European football.

"There is a clear increase of the interest in the women's game. We see it from everywhere," UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti told reporters.

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