UWCL : A major change in the Women's Champions League
This change includes a complete overhaul of the format via the introduction of a group stage of 16 teams, preceded by a qualifying phase.
This decision follows a collaborative consultation between UEFA and ECA, via a dedicated working group, representing all members of the ECA Women's Football Committee.
For each of the six highest ranked nations in the UEFA country coefficient, this reform will allow three clubs to participate in the new Champions League, (instead of two, as it had been before) which will further enhance the various domestic championships.
Jean-Michel Aulas, President of the ECA Women's Football Committee and President of Olympique Lyonnais, six-time winner of the UWCL:
"Football is the number one sport in the world and supporters are increasingly demanding more women's football, thanks in particular to the global success of the last FIFA World Cup 2019, including the two semi-finals and final that were held at Groupama Stadium.
Women's football is coming to the fore in a context of growth in the game and widespread commitment to gender equality and parity in sport, just like what is happening in our society today in everyday life and in a professional setting.
This reform of the Women's Champions League, approved today by the UEFA Executive Committee, is an important step in the professionalization of women's football, of which Olympique Lyonnais has always been one of the forerunners and leading players. .
As clubs, we are convinced that more quality matches, allowing matchups between the best women's teams in Europe, will contribute to the development of the game and will inspire future generations of female footballers to follow a path towards a professional career. "