EHF to Alter Champions League Format

The EHF has concluded their recent Executive Committee meeting. A couple of notes and analysis concerning their meeting report:

Champions League: Next season's format will be altered after the first phase of group play. Instead of proceeding immediately to 2 game aggregate knock-out play, the top two teams in each group will now be placed into 4 new groups of 4 teams. The EHF write-up then indicates that semifinals and finals will follow. The EHF write-up, however, makes no mention as to whether matches will be moved from weekend to midweek to appease German and Spanish Leagues threats to start an alternate competition.

Dispute with IHF: Nothing new to report, but the somewhat mocking reference to the IHF's "so called World Club League" certainly seems to indicate that the EHF is drawing some firm positions. It will be interesting to see how the IHF responds.