How does the group stage work? Who came through qualifying? Where is the 2022 final?
The group stage has been reduced from 48 to 32 teams – eight groups of four. The eight group winners progress automatically to the round of 16.
There will be additional knockout round play-offs prior to the round of 16; these will be between the eight UEFA Europa League group runners-up and the eight third-ranked teams from the UEFA Champions League groups.
All set up to keep the champions League teams in Europe longer. U£FA