2018–19 UEFA Women's Champions League
7–13 August 2018
12 September 2018 – 18 May 2019
|Teams||Knockout phase: 32|
Total: 60 (from 48 associations)
|Champions||Lyon (6th title)|
|Goals scored||471 (3.89 per match)|
|Attendance||191,931 (1,586 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Pernille Harder (8 goals)|
The 2018–19 UEFA Women's Champions League was the 18th edition of the European women's club football championship organised by UEFA, and the 10th edition since being rebranded as the UEFA Women's Champions League.
The final was held at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary. This was the first time since the final was played as a single match that a host city for the Women's Champions League final was not automatically assigned by which city won the bid to host the men's Champions League final.
Lyon were the defending champions and won the final against Barcelona 4–1, to win their sixth overall and fourth straight title.
Association team allocation
A maximum of 68 teams from 55 UEFA member associations were eligible to participate in the 2018–19 UEFA Women's Champions League. The association ranking based on the UEFA league coefficient for women was used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:
- Associations 1–12 each had two teams qualify.
- All other associations, should they enter, each had one team qualify.
- The winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Women's Champions League were given an additional entry if they did not qualify for the 2018–19 UEFA Women's Champions League through their domestic league.
For the 2018–19 UEFA Women's Champions League, the associations were allocated places according to their 2017 UEFA league coefficients for women, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2012–13 to 2016–17.
For the first time Switzerland had two entries, replacing Scotland in the top 12 associations.
- TH – Additional berth for title holders
- NR – No rank (association did not enter in any of the seasons used for computing coefficients)
- DNE – Did not enter
The format of the competition remained unchanged from previous years, starting from the qualifying round (played as mini-tournaments with four teams in each group), followed by the knockout phase starting from the round of 32 (played as home-and-away two-legged ties except for the one-match final).
Unlike the men's Champions League, not every association entered a team, and so the exact number of teams entering in each round (qualifying round and round of 32) could not be determined until the full entry list was known. In general, the title holders, the champions of the top 12 associations, and the runners-up of highest-ranked associations (exact number depending on the number of entries) received a bye to the round of 32. All other teams (runners-up of lowest-ranked associations and champions of associations starting from 13th) entered the qualifying round, with the group winners and a maximum of two best runners-up advancing to the round of 32.
A total of 60 teams from 48 associations entered the competition, with the entries confirmed by UEFA on 8 June 2018. An association must have an eleven-a-side women's domestic league (or in special circumstances, a women's domestic cup) to enter a team. Among the entrants:
- 20 teams entered the round of 32: the champions and runners-up from associations 1–8 (including title holders Lyon) and the champions from associations 9–12.
- 40 teams entered the qualifying round: the runners-up from associations 9–12 and the champions from the 36 associations ranked 13 or lower.
As KÍ Klaksvík failed to win the Faroe Islands league, their streak of having participated in every edition of the UEFA Women's Cup/Champions League have ended after 17 seasons.
- TH: Women's Champions League title holders
- CH: Domestic league champions
- RU: Domestic league runners-up
- ^ Greece (GRE): The Greek champions PAOK were banned from entering by UEFA, and so the berth was given to the runners-up Elpides Karditsas.
- ^ Italy (ITA): The Italian runners-up Brescia were bought by Milan after the season, and lost the right to enter the competition. Since Tavagnacco and Fiorentina finished tied on points in third place, and a play-off was played on 16 June 2018. Fiorentina won 3–0.
- ^ Moldova (MDA): Agarista-ȘS Anenii Noi were the league leaders at the entry deadline, and were confirmed as Moldovan champions afterwards.
Round and draw dates
UEFA has scheduled the competition as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland).
|Round||Draw||First leg||Second leg|
|Qualifying round||22 June 2018||7–13 August 2018|
|Round of 32||17 August 2018||12–13 September 2018||26–27 September 2018|
|Round of 16||1 October 2018||17–18 October 2018||31 October – 1 November 2018|
|Quarter-finals||9 November 2018||20–21 March 2019||27–28 March 2019|
|Semi-finals||20–21 April 2019||27–28 April 2019|
|Final||18 May 2019 at Groupama Arena, Budapest|
The draw of the qualifying round was held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on 22 June 2018, 13:30 CEST. The teams were allocated into four seeding positions based on their UEFA club coefficients at the beginning of the season. They were drawn into groups of four containing one team from each of the four seeding positions. First, the teams which were pre-selected as hosts were drawn from their own designated pot and allocated to their respective group as per their seeding positions. Next, the remaining teams were drawn from their respective pot which were allocated according to their seeding positions.
In each group, teams played against each other in a round-robin mini-tournament at the pre-selected hosts. The group winners and the two runners-up with the best record against the teams finishing first and third in their group advanced to the round of 32 to join the 20 teams which received a bye.
The matches were played on 7, 10 and 13 August 2018.
Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 14.01 and 14.02):
To determine the best runners-up, the results against the teams in fourth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied (Regulations Article 14.03):
|1||Ajax||3||2||1||0||6||1||+5||7||Round of 32||—||—||4–1||2–0|
|1||Barcelona FA||3||3||0||0||10||0||+10||9||Round of 32||—||2–0||2–0||—|
|4||Olimpija Ljubljana (H)||3||0||0||3||0||13||−13||0||0–6||—||—||—|
|1||Glasgow City (H)||3||2||0||1||10||2||+8||6[a]||Round of 32||—||1–2||—||7–0|
|1||Slavia Praha||3||3||0||0||15||3||+12||9||Round of 32||—||—||7–2||4–0|
|2||MTK Hungária (H)||3||1||1||1||9||7||+2||4||1–4||—||—||6–1|
|1||Spartak Subotica||3||3||0||0||10||0||+10||9||Round of 32||—||—||1–0||4–0|
|4||Breznica Pljevlja (H)||3||0||1||2||4||12||−8||1||—||—||4–4||—|
|1||Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (H)||3||3||0||0||16||3||+13||9||Round of 32||—||3–1||—||8–0|
|1||BIIK Kazygurt||3||3||0||0||9||1||+8||9||Round of 32||—||2–1||—||5–0|
|4||Rīgas FS (H)||3||0||0||3||2||9||−7||0||—||1–2||—||—|
|1||SFK 2000 (H)||3||3||0||0||12||1||+11||9||Round of 32||—||5–0||—||5–0|
|4||Agarista-ȘS Anenii Noi||3||0||0||3||1||11||−10||0||—||1–4||—||—|
|1||Gintra Universitetas (H)||3||2||1||0||17||1||+16||7||Round of 32||—||1–1||—||7–0|
|1||Avaldsnes||3||2||1||0||8||4||+4||7||Round of 32||—||3–2||—||3–0|
Ranking of second-placed teams
To determine the best two second-placed teams from the qualifying round which advanced to the knockout phase, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first and third-placed teams in their group were taken into account, while results against the fourth-placed team not included. As a result, two matches played by each second-placed team counts for the purposes of determining the ranking.
|1||9||Honka||2||1||1||0||6||1||+5||4||Round of 32|
Each tie in the knockout phase, apart from the final, was played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advanced to the next round. If the aggregate score was level, the away goals rule was applied, i.e. the team that scoredmore goals away from home over the two legs advanced. If away goals were also equal, then extra time was played. The away goals rule was again applied after extra time, i.e. if there were goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score was still level, the visiting team advanced by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals were scored during extra time, the tie was decided by penalty shoot-out. In the final, which was played as a single match, if the score was level at the end of normal time, extra time was played, followed by penalty shoot-out if the score remained tied.
The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:
- In the draw for the round of 32, the sixteen teams with the highest UEFA club coefficients were seeded (with the title holders being the automatic top seed), and the other sixteen teams were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same association or the same qualifying round group could not be drawn against each other.
- In the draw for the round of 16, the eight teams with the highest UEFA club coefficients were seeded (with the title holders being the automatic top seed should they qualify), and the other eight teams were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the order of legs decided by draw. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.
- In the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, there was no seeding, and teams from the same association could be drawn against each other. As the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals were held together before the quarter-finals were played, the identity of the quarter-final winners was not known at the time of the semi-final draw. A draw was also held to determine which semi-final winner was designated as the "home" team for the final (for administrative purposes as it is played at a neutral venue).
Round of 32
The draw for the round of 32 was held on 17 August 2018, 14:00 CEST, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first legs were played on 12 and 13 September, and the second legs on 26 and 27 September 2018.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Atlético Madrid||3–1||Manchester City||1–1||2–0|
|Gintra Universitetas||0–7||Slavia Praha||0–3||0–4|
|Barcelona FA||1–2||Glasgow City||0–2||1–0|
|Spartak Subotica||0–11||Bayern Munich||0–7||0–4|
|St. Pölten||1–6||Paris Saint-Germain||1–4||0–2|
|LSK Kvinner||4–0||Zvezda-2005 Perm||3–0||1–0|
Round of 16
The draw for the round of 16 was held on 1 October 2018, 13:00 CEST, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first legs were played on 17 and 18 October, and the second legs on 31 October and 1 November 2018.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|VfL Wolfsburg||10–0||Atlético Madrid||4–0||6–0|
The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 9 November 2018, 13:00 CET, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first legs were played on 20 and 21 March, and the second legs on 27 March 2019.
During the Chelsea - PSG tie a number of arrests were made by the Metropolitan Police of travelling supporters of PSG who were arrested for possession of illegal drugs, weapons and vandalism. This was after disorder was reported at Waterloo and Wimbledon Train stations and a bus carrying PSG supporters being searched and barred entry to Kingsmeadow Stadium.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Slavia Praha||2–6||Bayern Munich||1–1||1–5|
The draw for the semi-finals was held on 9 November 2018, 13:00 CET (after the quarter-final draw), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first legs were played on 21 April, and the second legs on 28 April 2019.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
The final was played on 18 May 2019 at the Groupama Arena in Budapest. The "home" team for the final (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws.
- — denotes the team did not participate in this stage.
Qualifying goals count towards the topscorer award.
|1||Pernille Harder||VfL Wolfsburg||—||8||8|
|2||Krystyna Freda||Barcelona FA||6||1||7|
|4||Petra Divišová||Slavia Praha||5||1||6|
|Tereza Kožárová||Slavia Praha||2||4|
|Eugénie Le Sommer||Lyon||—||6|
|7||Tine De Caigny||Anderlecht||5||—||5|
|Isadora Freitas||Gintra Universitetas||5||0|
|Marie-Antoinette Katoto||Paris Saint-Germain||—||5|
Squad of the season
The following players were named in the squad of the season:
- Sandra Paños (Barcelona)
- Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon)
- Millie Bright (Chelsea)
- Amel Majri (Lyon)
- Wendie Renard (Lyon)
- Irene Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain)
- Lucy Bronze (Lyon)
- Griedge M'Bock Bathy (Lyon)
- Vicky Losada (Barcelona)
- Melanie Leupolz (Bayern München)
- Amandine Henry (Lyon)
- Dzsenifer Marozsán (Lyon)
- Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)
- Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea)
- Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
- Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon)
- Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg)
- Karen Carney (Chelsea)
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