The UEFA Champions League (abbreviated as UCL) is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a round robin group stage to qualify for a double-legged knockout format, and a single leg final.
It is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of their national associations.
In recent times the mother body, UEFA, has made couple of changes in the rules governing the competition which you probably didn’t know.
Here are the new golden rules that you should know
● UEFA has removed the away
goals rule from the Champions League this season.
● If a tie is level at the end of the second leg, extra-time and penalties will take place as required, regardless of the number of away goals each team has scored.
● Managers are permitted to name up to 12 substitutes in their match squad and a maximum of five can be used during the 90 minutes at no more than three stoppages of play.
A sixth substitution and additional stoppage of play is available if a match goes to extra-time.
● Players who have joined a new club before the knockout stages are eligible to feature regardless of any previous participation in a European competition this season.