05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
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Basketball Champions League competition format updated

MIES (Switzerland) - The Basketball Champions League Board has approved the competition format for the 2021-22 BCL Season. This format will be implemented as of the sixth season of the competition, debuting next October.

The BCL Club Council and the BCL Competition Committee have met virtually over the last months and, following extensive discussions, have made their relevant proposals to the Board. It was agreed by all stakeholders that this format would create games of competitive intensity as the result of each game truly matters. This format would also maximise the commercial appeal of the BCL, and would further develop the collaboration with the European member leagues, by promoting and protecting the national competitions to an even greater extent.

The competition format is as follows:

The Regular Season phase will be composed by 32 clubs, 28 directly qualified and 4 advancing from the Qualification Rounds.
Teams will be split in 8 groups of 4 clubs each, and play in a round robin, home & away, system from October to December.
The first-placed teams in each group will qualify directly for the Round of 16 phase. The second and third-placed teams will face each other in a Play-In to qualify to the Round of 16.

The Play-In phase will be composed of 16 clubs; the second and third-placed teams of the 8 Regular Season groups (see detailed explanations about the pairings here).
Teams will play a best-of-3 series over the month of January, with the home advantage to the second-placed teams.
The 8 Play-In winners will join the 8 Regular Season group winners, already qualified, in the Round of 16.