Teams: 32, eight groups, top two teams in each group advance to the knockout rounds. (77 teams enter each year and there are four rounds of playoffs before the group stage.)
Group Stage: Six home-and-home games from September through December.
Knockout rounds: The first three rounds are two-leg home-and-home, beginning in mid-February, before the one-off final.
American Television: Fox Sports, played on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Final is on a Saturday in May.
Semantics: Prior to 1992, the tournament was commonly referred to as the “European Cup” (not be confused with the European Championships, played by national teams), before changing to the Champions League.
In 1988, Dean Reber of the Auburn Theological Seminary wrote a retrospective of the Ministry of the Laity era based on research and survey. His research participants were women and men in equal numbers, aged 20 to 60, from six denominations. Reber found that “all were really interested to link faith with their daily life and work.” However, in his survey, Reber found that little had been done in the six denominations to enable laity to make this link. He observed a “preoccupation with activities inside the church,” as well as a lack of literature and programs on the subject. For these reasons, attempts to link faith and daily life “fizzled out.”