Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin/Photo: AFP
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin/Photo: AFP

European governing body, Uefa has changed the kick-off of matches in the Champions League this year in other to get more fans to watch matches due to different times.

In previous years, matches in Europe’s premier competition began at 7.45pm with the exception of a handful of matches played in locations such as Russia.

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But this season, matches will kick-off at 5.55pm and 8pm.

Two matches will generally take place in the early slot, with the remaining six at 8pm through the group stage.

Barcelona and Tottenham are first to feature in the early kick-offs with the clubs facing PSV Eindhoven and Inter respectively at 5.55pm.

According to Express Sports, UEFA hopes that the change will boost international figures resulting in increased revenue.

While the plan may work on a worldwide scale, it leaves European fans in a rush to get home for the earlier kick-off slots.