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Revision as of 10:41, 19 May 2010

2010–11 UEFA Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 29 June 2010–28 May 2011
Teams 76

The 2010–11 UEFA Champions League will be the 56th edition of the European Club Championship football tournament and the second edition under the latest qualifying format. The final venue will be Wembley Stadium in London, England.[1]

Association team allocation

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Number of allocated teams per country in 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

A total of 76 teams will participate in the 2010–11 Champions League, from 52 UEFA associations (Liechtenstein organizes no domestic league competition). Countries are allocated places according to their UEFA league coefficient.

The Champions League title holder from the 2009–10 season would have been guaranteed a place in the group stage, even if they did not obtain a qualifying place through their domestic league. However, this place will not be needed as all of the remaining teams in the 2009–10 Champions League have qualified for the group stage.

The UEFA ranking 2009[2] determines the allocation of places for the 2010–11 Champions League. Below is the qualification scheme without the title holder place being used:

  • Associations 1–3 each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 4–6 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify
  • Associations 16–53 each have one team qualify (excluding Liechtenstein)


First qualifying round (4 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 50–53
Second qualifying round (34 teams)
  • 2 winners from the first qualifying round
  • 32 champions from associations 17–49 (excluding Liechtenstein)
Third qualifying round
Champions (20 teams)
  • 17 winners from the second qualifying round
  • 3 champions from associations 14–16
Non-champions (10 teams)
  • 9 runners-up from associations 7–15
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
Play-off round
Champions (10 teams)
  • 10 winners from the third qualifying round for champions
Non-champions (10 teams)
  • 5 winners from the third qualifying round for non-champions
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 4 and 5
  • 3 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–3
Group stage (32 teams)
  • 5 winners from the play-off round for champions
  • 5 winners from the play-off round for non-champions
  • 13 champions from associations 1–13
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 3 third-placed teams from associations 1–3

Round and draw dates

All draws held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland unless stated otherwise.

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 21 June 2010 29–30 June 2010 6–7 July 2010
Second qualifying round 13–14 July 2010 20–21 July 2010
Third qualifying round 16 July 2010 27–28 July 2010 3–4 August 2010
Play-off Play-off round 6 August 2010 17–18 August 2010 24–25 August 2010
Group stage Matchday 1 26 August 2010
14–15 September 2010
Matchday 2 28–29 September 2010
Matchday 3 19–20 October 2010
Matchday 4 2–3 November 2010
Matchday 5 23–24 November 2010
Matchday 6 7–8 December 2010
Knockout phase Round of 16 17 December 2010 15–16 & 22–23 February 2011 8–9 & 15–16 March 2011
Quarter-finals 18 March 2011 5–6 April 2011 12–13 April 2011
Semi-finals 26–27 April 2011 3–4 May 2011
Final 28 May 2011 at Wembley Stadium, London


The draws for the qualifying rounds, the play-off round and the group stage are all seeded using the UEFA Club Coefficient Ranking.[3] Rankings are drawn up on the basis of a combination of 20% of the value of the respective national association’s coefficient for the period from 2005/06 to 2009/10 inclusive and the clubs’ individual performances in the UEFA club competitions during the same period. Clubs are ordered by their coefficient and then divided into pots as required.[4] For all of the stages up to the quarter-finals, teams from the same association are prevented from being drawn against each other.[5]

Qualifying rounds and Play-off round

For each of the these draws, the teams are divided evenly into one Seeded and one Unseeded pot. The highest-ranked teams are put into the Seeded pot and the lowest-ranked teams are put into the Unseeded pot. Seeded and Unseeded teams are then drawn together at random to create the ties, with the order of legs in each tie also being decided randomly. In the third qualifying round and play-off round, Champion clubs and non-champion clubs are kept separated.
Due to the limited time between matches, the draws for the second and third qualifying rounds take place before the results of the previous round are known. The seeding in each draw is carried out under the assumption that all of the highest-ranked clubs of the previous round are victorious. If a lower-ranked club is victorious, it simply takes the place of its defeated opponent in the next round.

Group stage

For the group stage draw, the 32 teams are split into 4 pots of 8 teams. The Title Holder and the 7 highest-ranked teams are put in Pot 1, the next 8 highest-ranked teams are put in Pot 2, the next 8 teams are put in Pot 3, and the next 8 in Pot 4. The teams are then drawn into 8 groups (labelled A-H) of 4 teams. The draw is controlled in order to split compatriot teams evenly between Groups A-D and Groups E-H, which play on different matchdays.

Qualifying rounds

There will be two separate qualifying tournaments. One will be for the champion clubs who did not automatically qualify for the group stage. The other will be for teams who did not win their domestic league and did not automatically qualify for the group stage.

First qualifying round

The seedings of the first qualifying round are as follow. It is expected to have 4 teams to compete in this round:

Second qualifying round

The seedings of the second qualifying round are as follow. It is expected to have 34 teams to compete in this round, including 2 winners of the first qualifying round:

Third qualifying round

The seedings of the third qualifying round are as follow. The team qualified as champions will not be drawn with the teams qualified as non-champions. It is expected to have 30 teams to compete in this round, including 17 winners of the second qualifying round and 10 teams qualified as non-champions:



Play-off round


The 10 winners of the third qualifying round for champions will compete in the play-off round for champions.


The following teams will enter in the play-off round, joined by the 5 winners of the non-champions qualifying round:

Unknown seeding

Group stage

The following teams will compete, along with all 10 winners of the Play-off round (5 champions + 5 non-champions), in the group stage of the Champions League:

These 32 remaining clubs will be drawn into eight groups of four, in accordance with the club coefficient ranking established at the beginning of the season. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn into the same group.

See also