2019–20 UEFA Champions League

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2019–20 UEFA Champions League
Istanbul Atatürk Olympic Stadium 1.jpg
The Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
25 June – 28 August 2019
Competition proper:
17 September 2019 – 30 May 2020
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 79, 80 or 81 (from 54 associations)

The 2019–20 UEFA Champions League will be the 65th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 28th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

The final will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.[1] The winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup. They will also automatically qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage, and if they have already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved will be given to the champions of the 11th-ranked association according to next season's access list.

The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used in the competition from the play-off round onwards.[2]

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 79, 80, or 81 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein, which does not organise a domestic league). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:

  • Associations 1–4 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 5–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–55 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League and 2018–19 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league.

Association ranking[edit]

For the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2018 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2013–14 to 2017–18.[3]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (UCL) – Additional berth for UEFA Champions League title holders
  • (UEL) – Additional berth for UEFA Europa League title holders
Association ranking for 2019–20 UEFA Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain Spain 106.998 4
2 England England 79.605
3 Italy Italy 76.249
4 Germany Germany 71.427
5 France France 56.415 3
6 Russia Russia 53.382
7 Portugal Portugal 47.248 2
8 Ukraine Ukraine 41.133
9 Belgium Belgium 38.500
10 Turkey Turkey 35.800
11 Austria Austria 32.850
12 Switzerland Switzerland 30.200
13 Czech Republic Czech Republic 30.175
14 Netherlands Netherlands 29.749
15 Greece Greece 28.600
16 Croatia Croatia 26.000 1
17 Denmark Denmark 25.950
18 Israel Israel 21.750
19 Cyprus Cyprus 21.550
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20 Romania Romania 20.450 1
21 Poland Poland 20.125
22 Sweden Sweden 19.975
23 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 19.125
24 Bulgaria Bulgaria 19.125
25 Serbia Serbia 18.750
26 Scotland Scotland 18.625
27 Belarus Belarus 18.625
28 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 18.125
29 Norway Norway 17.425
30 Slovenia Slovenia 14.500
31 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 13.000 0
32 Slovakia Slovakia 12.125 1
33 Moldova Moldova 10.000
34 Albania Albania 8.500
35 Iceland Iceland 8.250
36 Hungary Hungary 8.125
37 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 7.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38 Finland Finland 6.900 1
39 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 6.700
40 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.625
41 Latvia Latvia 5.625
42 Estonia Estonia 5.500
43 Lithuania Lithuania 5.375
44 Montenegro Montenegro 5.000
45 Georgia (country) Georgia 5.000
46 Armenia Armenia 4.875
47 Malta Malta 4.500
48 Luxembourg Luxembourg 4.375
49 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 4.250
50 Wales Wales 3.875
51 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3.750
52 Gibraltar Gibraltar 3.000
53 Andorra Andorra 1.331
54 San Marino San Marino 0.499
55 Kosovo Kosovo 0.000

Distribution[edit]

The following is the default access list.[4]

Access list for 2019–20 UEFA Champions League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Preliminary round
(4 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 52–55
First qualifying round
(34 teams)
  • 33 champions from associations 18–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 1 winner from the preliminary round
Second qualifying round Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 3 champions from associations 15–17
  • 17 winners from the first qualifying round
League Path
(6 teams)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
Third qualifying round Champions Path
(12 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 13–14
  • 10 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(8 teams)
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 5–6
  • 3 winners from the second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round Champions Path
(8 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 11–12
  • 6 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the third qualifying round (League Path)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • Champions League title holders
  • Europa League title holders
  • 10 champions from associations 1–10
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 4 third-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (League Path)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

Changes will be made to the access list above, if the Champions League and/or Europa League title holders qualify for the tournament via their domestic leagues.

  • If the Champions League title holders qualify for the group stage via their domestic league, the champions of association 11 (Austria) will enter the group stage, and champions of the highest-ranked associations in earlier rounds will also be promoted accordingly.
  • If the Europa League title holders qualify for the group stage via their domestic league, the third-placed team of association 5 (France) will enter the group stage, and runners-up of the highest-ranked associations in the second qualifying round will also be promoted accordingly.
  • If the Champions League and/or Europa League title holders qualify for the qualifying rounds via their domestic league, their spot in the qualifying rounds is vacated, and teams of the highest-ranked associations in earlier rounds will be promoted accordingly.
  • An association may have a maximum of five teams in the Champions League.[4] Therefore, if both the Champions League and Europa League title holders come from the same top-four association and finish outside of the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of the league will not compete in the Champions League and will instead compete in the Europa League.

Teams[edit]

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).[4]

Qualified teams for 2019–20 UEFA Champions League (by entry round) Group stage
(TH) England (2nd) Germany (1st) Russia (2nd)
(EL) England (3rd) Germany (2nd) Portugal (1st)
Spain (1st) England (4th) Germany (3rd) Ukraine (1st)
Spain (2nd) Italy (1st) Germany (4th) Belgium (1st)
Spain (3rd) Italy (2nd) France (1st)[Note FRA] Turkey (1st)
Spain (4th) Italy (3rd) France (2nd)[Note FRA]
England (1st) Italy (4th) Russia (1st)
Play-off round
Champions Path League Path
Austria (1st) Switzerland (1st)
Third qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
Czech Republic (1st) Netherlands (1st) France (3rd)[Note FRA] Ukraine (2nd)
Russia (3rd) Belgium (2nd)
Portugal (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
Greece (1st)[Note GRE] Denmark (1st) Turkey (2nd) Czech Republic (2nd)
Croatia (1st) Austria (2nd) Netherlands (2nd)
Switzerland (2nd) Greece (2nd)[Note GRE]
First qualifying round
Israel (1st) Belarus BATE Borisov (1st) Republic of Macedonia (1st) Armenia (1st)
Cyprus (1st) Kazakhstan Astana (1st) Finland HJK (1st) Malta (1st)
Romania (1st) Norway Rosenborg (1st) Republic of Ireland Dundalk (1st) Luxembourg (1st)
Poland (1st) Slovenia (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina (1st) Northern Ireland (1st)
Sweden AIK (1st) Slovakia (1st) Latvia Riga FC (1st) Wales (1st)
Azerbaijan (1st) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (1st) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (1st) Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn (1st)
Bulgaria (1st) Albania (1st) Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė (1st)
Serbia (1st) Iceland Valur (1st) Montenegro (1st)
Scotland (1st) Hungary (1st) Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi (1st)
Preliminary round
Gibraltar (1st) Andorra (1st) San Marino (1st) Kosovo (1st)
Notes
  1. ^ France (FRA): Paris Saint-Germain (CC: 103.000) have qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League as they will finish in the top three of the 2018–19 Ligue 1.
  2. ^ Greece (GRE): PAOK (CC: 23.500) have qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League as they will finish in the top two of the 2018–19 Superleague Greece.

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[5]

Schedule for 2019–20 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 11 June 2019 25 June 2019 (semi-final round) 28 June 2019 (final round)
First qualifying round 18 June 2019 9–10 July 2019 16–17 July 2019
Second qualifying round 23–24 July 2019 30–31 July 2019
Third qualifying round 22 July 2019 6–7 August 2019 13 August 2019
Play-off Play-off round 5 August 2019 20–21 August 2019 27–28 August 2019
Group stage Matchday 1 29 August 2019
(Monaco)
17–18 September 2019
Matchday 2 1–2 October 2019
Matchday 3 22–23 October 2019
Matchday 4 5–6 November 2019
Matchday 5 26–27 November 2019
Matchday 6 10–11 December 2019
Knockout phase Round of 16 16 December 2019 18–19 & 25–26 February 2020 10–11 & 17–18 March 2020
Quarter-finals 20 March 2020 7–8 April 2020 14–15 April 2020
Semi-finals 28–29 April 2020 5–6 May 2020
Final 30 May 2020 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul

Preliminary round[edit]

Note: All qualified teams below are listed with their 2019 UEFA club coefficients (CC)[6][7] (after matches played on 14 March 2019; teams whose coefficients may still increase are marked by ≥).

In the preliminary round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[6][7] and then drawn into one-legged semi-final and final ties, which will be played at a pre-selected venue from one of the four teams. The losers of both semi-final and final rounds enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

A total of four teams play in the preliminary round.

Qualifying round[edit]

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[6][7] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties.

First qualifying round[edit]

A total of 34 teams are expected to play in the first qualifying round: 33 teams which enter in this round, and the winners of the preliminary round. The losers enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Second qualifying round[edit]

The second qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The losers from both Champions Path and League Path enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

A total of 26 teams are expected to play in the second qualifying round:

Champions Path

Three teams which enter in this round, and the 17 winners of the first qualifying round.

League Path

Six teams which enter in this round.

Third qualifying round[edit]

The third qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The losers from the Champions Path enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League play-off round, while the losers from the League Path enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage.

A total of 20 teams are expected to play in the third qualifying round:

Champions Path

Two teams which enter in this round, and the ten Champions Path winners of the second qualifying round.

League Path

Five teams which enter in this round, and the three League Path winners of the second qualifying round.

Play-off round[edit]

The play-off round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The losers from both Champions Path and League Path enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage.

A total of twelve teams play in the play-off round:

Champions Path

Two teams which enter in this round, and the six Champions Path winners of the third qualifying round.

League Path

The four League Path winners of the third qualifying round.

Group stage[edit]

The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on the following principles (introduced starting 2015–16 season):[8][9]

  • Pot 1 contains the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2018 UEFA country coefficients. If either or both title holders were one of the champions of the top six associations, the champions of the next highest ranked association(s) are also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contain the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients.[6][7]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

The youth teams of the clubs that qualify for the group stage also participate in the 2019–20 UEFA Youth League on the same matchdays, where they compete in the UEFA Champions League Path (the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations compete in a separate Domestic Champions Path until the play-offs).

A total of 32 teams play in the group stage: 26 teams which enter in this stage, and the six winners of the play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path).

Knockout phase[edit]

In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners are seeded, and the eight group runners-up are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Istanbul to host 2020 UEFA Champions League Final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ "VAR to be introduced in 2019/20 UEFA Champions League". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Country coefficients 2017/18". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Champions League and Europa League changes next season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ "2019/20 Champions League match and draw calendar". UEFA.com. 14 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "UEFA Team Ranking 2019". Bert Kassies.
  8. ^ "Champions League: Domestic title winners to receive top-seed status". BBC Sport. 9 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Champions' bonus for group stage draw". UEFA.com. 24 April 2015.

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