2018–19 UEFA Youth League
|Dates||18 September 2018 – 29 April 2019|
|Teams||64 (from 37 associations)|
|Goals scored||157 (3.27 per match)|
(3 goals each)
Barcelona are the defending champions.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Squads
- 3 Round and draw dates
- 4 UEFA Champions League Path
- 5 Domestic Champions Path
- 6 Play-offs
- 7 Knockout phase
- 8 Statistics
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- UEFA Champions League Path: The youth teams of the 32 clubs which qualify for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage enter the UEFA Champions League Path. If there is a vacancy (youth teams not entering), it is filled by a team defined by UEFA.
- Domestic Champions Path: The youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations according to their 2017 UEFA country coefficients enter the Domestic Champions Path. If there is a vacancy (associations with no youth domestic competition, as well as youth domestic champions already included in the UEFA Champions League path), it is first filled by the title holders should they have not yet qualified, and then by the youth domestic champions of the next association in the UEFA ranking.
|UEFA Champions League Path||Domestic Champions Path|
|2||Germany||Hertha BSC (2017–18 U19 Bundesliga)|
|3||England||Chelsea (2017–18 U18 Premier League)|
|5||France||Montpellier (2017–18 Championnat National U19)|
|6||Russia||Anzhi Makhachkala (2017 U17 RFS Cup)|
|8||Ukraine||Shakhtar Donetsk||Dynamo Kyiv (2017–18 Ukrainian U19 League)|
|9||Belgium||Club Brugge||Anderlecht (2017–18 Belgian U17 League)|
|10||Turkey||Galatasaray||Altınordu (2018 U19 Süper Kupa)|
|11||Czech Republic||Viktoria Plzeň||Sigma Olomouc (2017–18 Czech U19 League)|
|12||Switzerland||Young Boys[PO]||Basel (2017–18 Swiss U18 League)|
|14||Greece||AEK Athens[PO]||PAOK (2017–18 Superleague K20)|
|15||Austria||Admira Wacker Mödling (2017–18 U18 Jugendliga)|
|16||Croatia||Dinamo Zagreb (2017–18 1. HNL Juniori U19)|
|17||Romania||Viitorul Constanța (2017–18 Liga Elitelor U19)|
|18||Denmark||Midtjylland (2017–18 U19 Ligaen)|
|19||Belarus||Minsk (2017–18 Belarusian U18 League)|
|20||Poland||Lech Poznań (2017–18 Polish U19 Central Junior League) |
|21||Sweden||Elfsborg (2017 Swedish U17 League)|
|22||Israel||Maccabi Tel Aviv (2017–18 Israeli U19 Premier League)|
|23||Scotland||Hamilton Academical (2017–18 Scottish U17 League)|
|24||Cyprus||AEL Limassol (2017–18 Cypriot U19 League)|
|25||Norway||Molde (2017 Norwegian U19 Cup)|
|26||Azerbaijan||Gabala (2017–18 Azerbaijani U19 League)|
|27||Bulgaria||Septemvri Sofia (2018 U18 BFU Cup)|
|28||Serbia||Red Star Belgrade[PO][YC] (2017–18 Serbian U19 League)|
|29||Kazakhstan||Astana (2017 Kazakhstani U17 League)|
|30||Slovenia||Maribor (2017–18 Slovenian U19 League)|
|31||Slovakia||Žilina (2017–18 Slovak U19 League)|
|33||Hungary||Illés Akadémia[V-LIE] (2017–18 Hungarian U19 League)|
|34||Moldova||Sheriff Tiraspol[V-YC] (2017–18 Divizia Națională U19)|
|35||Iceland||KR[V-YC] (2017 Icelandic U19 League)|
|36||Finland||HJK[V-PO] (2017 U17 B-Junior League)|
|37||Albania||Vllaznia[V-PO] (2017–18 Albanian U19 League)|
|38||Republic of Ireland||Bohemians[V-PO] (2017 League of Ireland U19 Division)|
- TH Youth League title holders.
- YC Teams playing in the UEFA Champions League Path which were also youth domestic champions.
- PO Teams playing in the UEFA Champions League Path after their senior team qualified for the Champions League group stage via play-offs.
- V-LIE Team playing in the Domestic Champions Path through the vacancy of Liechtenstein.
- V-YC Teams playing in the Domestic Champions Path through the vacancies of teams which qualified for the Champions League group stage automatically.
- V-PO Teams playing in the Domestic Champions Path through the vacancy of teams which qualified for the Champions League group stage via play-offs
Players must be born on or after 1 January 2000, with a maximum of three players per team born between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 1999 allowed.
Starting from this season, up to five substitutions are permitted per team in each match.
Round and draw dates
|Phase||Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|UEFA Champions League Path
|Matchday 1||30 August 2018
|18–19 September 2018|
|Matchday 2||2–3 October 2018|
|Matchday 3||23–24 October 2018|
|Matchday 4||6–7 November 2018|
|Matchday 5||27–28 November 2018|
|Matchday 6||11–12 December 2018|
|Domestic Champions Path||First round||4 September 2018||3 October 2018||24 October 2018|
|Second round||7 November 2018||28 November 2018|
|Knockout phase||Play-offs||17 December 2018||19–20 February 2019|
|Round of 16||22 February 2019||12–13 March 2019|
|Quarter-finals||2–3 April 2019|
|Semi-finals||26 April 2019 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon|
|Final||29 April 2019 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon|
- For the UEFA Champions League Path group stage, in principle the teams play their matches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the matchdays as scheduled for UEFA Champions League, and on the same day as the corresponding senior teams; however, matches may also be played on other dates, including Mondays and Thursdays.
- For the Domestic Champions Path first and second rounds, in principle matches are played on Wednesdays (first round on matchdays 2 and 3, second round on matchdays 4 and 5, as scheduled for UEFA Champions League); however, matches may also be played on other dates, including Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- For the play-offs, round of 16 and quarter-finals, in principle matches are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the matchdays as scheduled; however, matches may also be played on other dates, provided they are completed before the following dates:
- Play-offs: 21 February 2019
- Round of 16: 15 March 2019
- Quarter-finals: 5 April 2019
UEFA Champions League Path
For the UEFA Champions League Path, the 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. There was no separate draw held, with the group compositions identical to the draw for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage, which was held on 30 August 2018, 18:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The eight group winners advance to the round of 16, while the eight runners-up advance to the play-offs, where they were joined by the eight second round winners from the Domestic Champions Path.
The matchdays are 18–19 September, 2–3 October, 23–24 October, 6–7 November, 27–28 November, and 11–12 December 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 14.03):
|1||Club Brugge||2||1||1||0||3||2||+1||4||Round of 16||—||11 Dec||24 Oct||1–1|
|2||Atlético Madrid||2||1||0||1||3||2||+1||3[a]||Play-offs||1–2||—||28 Nov||6 Nov|
|3||Monaco||2||1||0||1||2||2||0||3[a]||6 Nov||0–2||—||11 Dec|
|4||Borussia Dortmund||2||0||1||1||1||3||−2||1||28 Nov||24 Oct||0–2||—|
- Head-to-head results: Monaco 0–2 Atlético Madrid.
|1||Barcelona||2||1||1||0||3||2||+1||4||Round of 16||—||2–1||11 Dec||24 Oct|
|2||PSV Eindhoven||2||1||0||1||3||3||0||3||Play-offs||28 Nov||—||24 Oct||2–1|
|3||Tottenham Hotspur||2||0||2||0||2||2||0||2||1–1||6 Nov||—||28 Nov|
|4||Internazionale||2||0||1||1||2||3||−1||1||6 Nov||11 Dec||1–1||—|
|1||Liverpool||2||1||1||0||6||3||+3||4||Round of 16||—||5–2||11 Dec||24 Oct|
|2||Paris Saint-Germain||2||1||0||1||4||6||−2||3||Play-offs||28 Nov||—||24 Oct||2–1|
|3||Napoli||2||0||2||0||2||2||0||2||1–1||6 Nov||—||28 Nov|
|4||Red Star Belgrade||2||0||1||1||2||3||−1||1||6 Nov||11 Dec||1–1||—|
|1||Porto||2||1||1||0||5||2||+3||4||Round of 16||—||6 Nov||2–2||28 Nov|
|2||Lokomotiv Moscow||2||1||1||0||1||0||+1||4||Play-offs||24 Oct||—||28 Nov||0–0|
|3||Galatasaray||2||0||1||1||2||3||−1||1||11 Dec||0–1||—||24 Oct|
|4||Schalke 04||2||0||1||1||0||3||−3||1||0–3||11 Dec||6 Nov||—|
|1||Benfica||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||6||Round of 16||—||7 Nov||3–0||12 Dec|
|2||Ajax||2||1||1||0||8||2||+6||4||Play-offs||23 Oct||—||12 Dec||6–0|
|3||Bayern Munich||2||0||1||1||2||5||−3||1||27 Nov||2–2||—||7 Nov|
|4||AEK Athens||2||0||0||2||1||9||−8||0||1–3||27 Nov||23 Oct||—|
|1||Lyon||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||6||Round of 16||—||7 Nov||2–0||27 Nov|
|2||1899 Hoffenheim||2||2||0||0||7||3||+4||6||Play-offs||23 Oct||—||27 Nov||5–2|
|3||Shakhtar Donetsk||2||0||0||2||1||4||−3||0||12 Dec||1–2||—||23 Oct|
|4||Manchester City||2||0||0||2||3||9||−6||0||1–4||12 Dec||7 Nov||—|
|1||Real Madrid||2||2||0||0||7||2||+5||6||Round of 16||—||23 Oct||12 Dec||3–1|
|2||Viktoria Plzeň||2||1||1||0||5||4||+1||4||Play-offs||7 Nov||—||1–1||12 Dec|
|3||CSKA Moscow||2||0||1||1||2||5||−3||1||1–4||27 Nov||—||7 Nov|
|4||Roma||2||0||0||2||4||7||−3||0||27 Nov||3–4||23 Oct||—|
|1||Manchester United||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||6||Round of 16||—||23 Oct||27 Nov||4–0|
|2||Juventus||2||2||0||0||3||1||+2||6||Play-offs||7 Nov||—||2–1||27 Nov|
|3||Young Boys||2||0||0||2||2||4||−2||0||1–2||12 Dec||—||23 Oct|
|4||Valencia||2||0||0||2||0||5||−5||0||12 Dec||0–1||7 Nov||—|
Domestic Champions Path
For the Domestic Champions Path, the 32 teams were drawn into two rounds of two-legged home-and-away ties. The draw for both the first round and second round was held on 4 September 2018, 14:00 CEST, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. There were no seedings, but the 32 teams were split into groups defined by sporting and geographical criteria prior to the draw.
In both rounds, if the aggregate score is tied after full time of the second leg, the away goals rule is used to decide the winner. If still tied, the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out (no extra time is played). The eight second round winners advance to the play-offs, where they are joined by the eight group runners-up from the UEFA Champions League Path (group stage).
The first legs were played on 2, 3 and 4 October 2018, and the second legs will be played on 23 and 24 October 2018.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Basel||3||Hamilton Academical||2–2||24 Oct|
|Dynamo Kyiv||4||Septemvri Sofia||1–0||24 Oct|
|Anderlecht||6||Admira Wacker Mödling||0–0||23 Oct|
|AEL Limassol||9||PAOK||1–2||24 Oct|
|Sigma Olomouc||10||Maribor||4–1||23 Oct|
|Gabala||11||Sheriff Tiraspol||1–1||24 Oct|
|Hertha BSC||12||Lech Poznań||2–0||24 Oct|
|Anzhi Makhachkala||14||Maccabi Tel Aviv||3–2||24 Oct|
|Viitorul Constanța||15||Dinamo Zagreb||0–1||23 Oct|
|Minsk||16||Illés Akadémia||1–0||24 Oct|
- ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.
The first legs will be played on 7 November 2018, and the second legs will be played on 28 November 2018.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Winners of match 6||1||Winners of match 4||7 Nov||28 Nov|
|Winners of match 7||2||Winners of match 3||7 Nov||28 Nov|
|Winners of match 1||3||Winners of match 2||7 Nov||28 Nov|
|Winners of match 5||4||Winners of match 8||7 Nov||28 Nov|
|Winners of match 9||5||Winners of match 16||7 Nov||28 Nov|
|Winners of match 11||6||Winners of match 12||7 Nov||28 Nov|
|Winners of match 13||7||Winners of match 15||7 Nov||28 Nov|
|Winners of match 10||8||Winners of match 14||7 Nov||28 Nov|
The draw for the play-offs will be held on 17 December 2018 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The eight second round winners from the Domestic Champions Path are drawn against the eight group runners-up from the UEFA Champions League Path, with the teams from the Domestic Champions Path hosting the match. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. The eight play-off winners advance to the round of 16, where they are joined by the eight group winners from the UEFA Champions League Path.
The play-offs will be played on 19 and 20 February 2019.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
- In the draw for the round of 16, there are no seedings, and the 16 teams (eight UEFA Champions League Path group winners and eight play-off winners) are drawn into eight ties. Teams from the same UEFA Champions League Path group cannot be drawn against each other, but teams from the same association can be drawn against each other. The draw also decides the home team for each round of 16 match.
- In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same UEFA Champions League Path group or the same association can be drawn against each other (the identity of all teams is not known at the time of the draw). The draws also decide the home team for each quarter-final, and the "home" team for administrative purposes for each semi-final and final (which are played at a neutral venue).
Bracket (round of 16 onwards)
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|26 April – Nyon|
|29 April – Nyon|
|26 April – Nyon|
Round of 16
The round of 16 matches will be played on 12 and 13 March 2019.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
The quarter-finals will be played on 2 and 3 April 2019.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
- — denotes the team did not participate in this stage.
Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.
|Tomáš Kepl||Viktoria Plzeň||3||—|
|Cyril Ngonge||Club Brugge||3||—|
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