Champions League introduce sweeping changes for 2018-19

UEFA Announce Exciting Changes To Champions League And Europa League, Including Fourth Substitute And Altered Kick-Off Times

Cape Town - UEFA has changed its rules for player registrations, allowing up to three January signings to play for their new clubs in the Champions League and Europa League.

The biggest change is the allowance of a fourth substitute to be used by teams in extra time during knockout rounds, a system that will already be familiar to Premier League teams with a similar rule in place in the latter stages of the FA Cup.

Teams in the Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup finals will also be able to name 12 substitutes instead of seven.

UEFA has abolished the "cup-tied" rule.

UEFA have announced a raft of tweaks to both the Champions League and the Europa League to help keep things interesting as we stride ever onward toward the all-ending cataclysm.

The present ruling prevents Barcelona from fielding Philippe Coutinho in the Champions League this season as he has already played for Liverpool.

Until now, all Champions League group matches have kicked-off at 7.45pm United Kingdom time other than games in countries like Russian Federation where freezing temperatures have made that impossible. But, on every group-stage matchday, two of the Tuesday and two of the Wednesday matches will kick off at 5:55pm GMT.

The European governing body has also chose to introduce new kickoff times for the 2018-19 competition, with some games getting underway at 8pm and two games on both Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 5.55pm.

UEFA Champions League play-offs, group-stage games, round of 16 matches, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will kick off at 21:00CET. Clubs will now be allowed to register three new eligible players "without any restrictions".

The changes will be introduced for the Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup from 2018-19 onwards.

The only team entitled to wear the badge next season would be Sevilla, who have won the Europa League five times - as well as in three consecutive seasons.

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