"UEFA will transform its Women's Champions League in 2021/22, an initiative designed to strengthen its competitiveness and increase the impact of women's club football through its elite competition," the statement said.
It is explained that "from the 2021/22 club season, rounds 1 and 2 will be divided into the champions' route (for the national league champions) and the league route, and from those rounds an attempt will be made to access the new phase of groups of 16 teams. This new phase will have four groups of four teams playing with each other at home and at home. The first two of each section will qualify for quarterfinals. "
"The decision taken today will revolutionize women's football," UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said on December 4, adding that "the best women's club competition in the world will have the platform and visibility it deserves."
This decision was taken at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in the Swiss city of Nyon.