The UEFA Youth League (originally titled as the UEFA U-19 Champions League) is an association football competition for all under age clubs registered to senior clubs that participate and qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
The eight group-winners and eight runners-up from group stage then participated in a knockout phase. Unlike the UEFA Champions League, the knockout phase had single-leg ties, with the semi-finals and final played at neutral venues.
British media commented that the competition was formed to "limit the growing influence of the NextGen Series".
In April 2013, Barcelona became the first champion, beating Benfica by 3-0 in the final-four held in Nyon.