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It is now official: the Champions League will be total changed

From the season 2020/21 see Europe's largest håndboldturneringer significantly different than they do today.

The European Håndboldforbund (EHF) writes on its website that a number of amendments will enter into force for both the Champions League and the other tournaments.

the Changes have been a reality, after dialogue between the EHF's board of directors, clubs, national teams, leagues, players and sponsors.

First and foremost, the shrinking of the men's Champions League, so there will only be 16 teams participating in the tournament with both the women and the men. Today, there are 28 participants in the men, while the women's tournament in advance counts 16 teams.

the Tournament will consist of two pools of eight teams, and then follow the playoffs, where the two best teams in each group first enters the quarter-finals. The Champions League will continue to be completed with a Final 4 competition.

The second-best european tournament is from 2020, a new initiative.

the Tournament, which gets the name of the European Handball League, get at least the participation of the 24 clubs in the gruppefasen with six teams in four groups.

At the women will the European Handball League consist of 16 teams - four groups of four teams. It also introduces the Final-4 competition for women as something new. Men have the four best teams in the EHF Cup game Final 4 ago 2012.

The current Challenge Cup changes its name to the EHF Cup, that goes from to put the name for the second best to third best european club competition.

Furthermore, EHF agreed to revise the international calendar, among other things, to give the top players longer breaks.

Landsholdene in Europe will in the future gather in the end of april or beginning of may instead of mid June.

It has been decided that the men's Champions League matches are moved to Wednesday and Thursday night.

the Fighting in the European Handball League played in the future on Thursdays as a starting point. However, there is the possibility that the selected matches can be brought forward to Wednesday.

All women's tournaments will continue to take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

the EHF informs that there will be further information on the significant changes at a press conference at 16 on Sunday.

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