HB KØGE QUALIFIES FOR 2021-22 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
On a day that the club is calling one of the greatest in its history, HB Køge women secured a spot in the Champions League group stages for the 2021-2022 season by beating Czech giants Sparta Prague over two fixtures.
The HB Køge women will now play home-away matches vs Barcelona, Arsenal, and Hoffenheim in October and November. We wish the entire team and organization an enthusiastic congratulations, and good luck!
From HB Køge Instagram: Wednesday August 9, 2021 will in future be one of the most landmark days in HB Køge’s history. With a 2-0 victory over Sparta Prague, HB Køge Women secured a place in this year’s Champions League group stage.
The group stages are part of a renewal of the UWCL starting with the 2021-22 season.
The previous knockout round-of-16 was replaced with the group stages which sees a 20% increase in the number of matches. Each side will play each other home and away and the top two from each group will go through to the quarterfinals.
This season also marks an increase in the prize money available to teams with a new financial distribution model in place that sees the prize pot quadruple to €24 million.
Teams competing in the group stage will receive a minimum payment of €400,000 compared to €80,000 at the same stage previously. The winner of the competition could earn €1.4m.
VAR will also be used in the UWCL from the knockout rounds, having previously only been used in the final.
The group stage matches are scheduled to take place from Oct. 5-6 to Dec. 15-16, with the final to be played in Turin on May 22.