The Heineken Champions Cup looks set for a radical overhaul next season with reports in France claiming that a deal is close to expand the competition from 20 to 24 teams.
The European Professional Club Rugby responded to reports in France stating;
As part of its future planning, and with the extraordinary circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront, EPCR can confirm that a number of tournament formats are being considered for the 2020/21 season.
Ongoing discussions with EPCR’s league and union shareholders regarding new formats have included the possibility of a 24-club Heineken Champions Cup with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading league competitions, played over eight weekends.
If adopted, any new format would apply to next season’s tournament only on an exceptional basis.
In the meantime, EPCR remains committed to making every effort to conclude the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season subject to official advice and with the health and welfare of players, club staff, match officials, supporters and the wider rugby community in mind.
It is hoped that the 2020 finals could be staged on 16 and 17 October.