Aston Villa’s Champions League Vital Dates and New Format

Aston Villa Champions League Draw Dates

The 2024/25 Premier League fixtures may already be out, but the date that Aston Villa supporters are most eagerly anticipating is the draw for the Champions League, to find out who they will be playing on their return to Europe’s top table for the first time in 42 years.

Villa’s first participation in the Champions League era coincides with the new expanded format, meaning fans will get to see Villa in a minimum of eight games. The draw for this group stage is on the 29th August, after the qualifying rounds are completed.

What is the new Champions League format?

The group stage now features a single 36-team League stage. Each side faces eight different teams (four at home, four away), with the matches being played from the third week of September through to the end of January. The top eight overall teams advance directly to the round of 16; the sides finishing from ninth to 24th will contest the knockout play-offs, with the winners going through to the last 16. From then on the tournament is a straight knockout, all the way to the final at Munich’s 67,000 capacity, Fußball Arena München.

When are the 2024/25 Champions League draws?

First qualifying round: 18 June 2024
Second qualifying round: 19 June 2024
Third qualifying round: 22 July 2024
Play-offs: 5 August 2024
League phase: 29 August 2024
Knockout round play-offs: 31 January 2025
Round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final: 21 February 2025

When are Aston Villa’s Champions League League stage matches?

Matchday 1: 17–19 September 2024
Matchday 2: 1/2 October 2024
Matchday 3: 22/23 October 2024
Matchday 4: 5/6 November 2024
Matchday 5: 26/27 November 2024
Matchday 6: 10/11 December 2024
Matchday 7: 21/22 January 2025
Matchday 8: 29 January 2025

When is Champions League 2024/25 knockout stage?

Knockout round play-offs: 11/12 & 18/19 February 2025
Round of 16: 4/5 & 11/12 March 2025
Quarter-finals: 8/9 & 15/16 April 2025
Semi-finals: 29/30 April & 6/7 May 2025
Final: 31 May 2025


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