Key dates announced for 2021/2022 Heineken Champions Cup
HEINEKEN Champions Cup organisers, EPCR, has announced the key dates for next season’s tournament.
Played over nine weekends, the 2021/22 Heineken Champions Cup will kick off next December with the last of four pool stage rounds scheduled for the weekend of January 21-23, 2022.
The knockout stages will start on the weekend of April 8-10 with a Round of 16 which will be played over two legs on a home and away basis, followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the Marseille final going ahead on May 28.
As previously referenced, 24 clubs – including eight representatives from each of the Gallagher Premiership, TOP 14 and Guinness PRO14 – will compete in the 2021/22 Heineken Champions Cup. All qualified clubs and their rankings will be officially confirmed once this season’s domestic competitions are concluded.
Discussions to finalise all details of the formats for next season, and future seasons, within the framework of the new shareholder agreement, are ongoing, and these discussions include the future participation of South African clubs in EPCR’s tournaments as referenced in United Rugby Championship’s announcement.