For the 2021-22 season, the UEFA Champions League will celebrate its 67th edition, which will be its 30th after it was renamed the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1989. For the 2021/2022 Champions League winners, they will automatically qualify for next year's group stage along with earning the option to play in 2022's UEFA Super Cup and face the UEFA Europa League champions.
UEFA organizes three major competitions for the first time since 1998/99 when the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was last played. They are: UEFA Champions League; UEFA Europa League; and the newly formed UEFA Europa Conference League. 2020/21 champion Chelsea are defending their title this season.
The final will be held on May 28, 2022, in Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. Originally, the game was scheduled to take place at the Allianz Arena in Munich in Germany. This is due to the fact that the 2020 UCL Final was postponed and transferred to Saint Petersburg, Russia. There will be no away goals rule in all UEFA club competitions from June 2021.
Will there be VAR in the UEFA Champions League 2021-22?
The International Football Association Board added VAR to the Laws of soccer permanently in March 2018. The use of VAR in tournaments was still voluntary, and the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League were not anticipated to use VAR in the 2018-19 season. As with the 2019/20 season, video assistant referees (VAR) have been utilized for the first time in the UEFA Champions League.
That means that there will be VAR in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League campaign. There have been four match-changing circumstances where the VAR is deployed to assist the referee in making judgments, such as about goals, events in the penalty area, red cards, and misidentification. As soon as there is proof of a clear and apparent mistake, the VAR tells the referee.
Afterward, the referee can make a final judgment in the review area close to the field. If there was an infraction in the immediate aftermath of the occurrence, then the VAR can also take that into account the attacking phase of play. To determine whether a foul was committed in or outside of a box, VAR recommends a decision to the ref, and no on-field review is required. By using either the stadium's stadium displays or the public announcement system, this procedure is relayed to the crowd.