UEFA Youth League

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UEFA Youth League
Founded 2013
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams 32 (group stage)
Current champions Spain Barcelona
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) Spain Barcelona
(1 title)
Website Official website
2014–15 UEFA Youth League

The UEFA Youth League[1] (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.[2]


The teams in the first tournament, 2013–14 UEFA Youth League, played a group stage with the same composition and calendar as the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, and was held on a 'trial basis'.[3]

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.[3]

British media commented that the competition was formed to "limit the growing influence of the NextGen Series".[4]

In April 2013, Barcelona became the first champion, beating Benfica by 3-0 in the final-four held in Nyon.


Season Winners Score Runners-up Losing semi-finalists Final stage host
2013–14 Spain Barcelona 3–0 Portugal Benfica Spain Real Madrid and Germany Schalke 04 Switzerland Colovray Stadium, Nyon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020 to be held across continent". UEFA.com. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020, UEFA Super Cup decisions". UEFA.com. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "UEFA Youth League club competition launched". UEFA.com. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "UEFA to launch U19 shadow Champions League from 2013 to curtail NextGen series". Daily Mail (London). 30 June 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.