19 teams total (European national domestic league champions, plus the then current title holders), playing in a tournament system. 18 teams (domestic champions) entered a Quarterfinals group stage, divided into five groups and played a round-robin. The final standing was based on individual wins and defeats. In the case of a tie between two or more teams after the group stage, the following criteria was used to decide the final classification: 1) number of wins in one-to-one games between the teams; 2) basket average between the teams; 3) general basket average within the group
The 5 group winners of the quarterfinals group stage, together with the title holders, advanced to the semifinals group stage, which was played as a single group under the same round-robin rules.
The group winner and the runner-up of the semifinal group stage qualified for the final, which was played at a predetermined venue.