2019–20 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round

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The 2019–20 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round began on 25 June and will end on 28 August 2019.[1]

A total of 53 teams compete in the qualifying system of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, which includes the qualifying phase and the play-off round, with 43 teams in Champions Path and 10 teams in League Path. The six winners in the play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path) advanced to the group stage, to join the 26 teams that enter in the group stage.[2]

Times are CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Teams[edit]

Champions Path[edit]

The Champions Path includes all league champions which do not qualify directly for the group stage, and consists of the following rounds:

  • Preliminary round (4 teams playing one-legged semi-finals and final): 4 teams which enter in this round.
  • First qualifying round (32 teams): 31 teams which enter in this round, and 1 winner of the preliminary round.
  • Second qualifying round (20 teams): 4 teams which enter in this round, and 16 winners of the first qualifying round.
  • Third qualifying round (12 teams): 2 teams which enter in this round, and 10 winners of the second qualifying round.
  • Play-off round (8 teams): 2 teams which enter in this round, and 6 winners of the third qualifying round.

All teams eliminated from the Champions Path enter the Europa League:

  • The 3 losers of the preliminary round and 15 of the 16 losers of the first qualifying round (excluding 1 team which receives a bye to the third qualifying round as decided by an additional draw held after the Champions League first qualifying round draw) enter the Champions Path second qualifying round.
  • The loser of the first qualifying round which receives a bye and the 10 losers of the second qualifying round enter the Champions Path third qualifying round.
  • The 6 losers of the third qualifying round enter the Champions Path play-off round.
  • The 4 losers of the play-off round enter the group stage.

Below are the participating teams of the Champions Path (with their 2019 UEFA club coefficients),[3] grouped by their starting rounds.[4]

Key to colours
Winners of play-off round advance to group stage
Losers of play-off round enter Europa League group stage
Losers of third qualifying round enter Europa League play-off round
Losers of second qualifying round (and 1 loser of first qualifying round) enter Europa League third qualifying round
Losers of the preliminary round and first qualifying round enter Europa League second qualifying round
Play-off round
Team Coeff.[3]
Switzerland Young Boys 27.500
Czech Republic Slavia Prague 21.500
Third qualifying round
Team Coeff.[3]
Netherlands Ajax 70.500
Greece PAOK 23.500
Second qualifying round
Team Coeff.[3]
Denmark Copenhagen 31.000
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 29.500
Cyprus APOEL 25.500
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 16.000
First qualifying round
Team Coeff.[3]
Scotland Celtic 31.000
Belarus BATE Borisov 27.500
Kazakhstan Astana 27.500
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 27.000
Azerbaijan Qarabağ 22.000
Slovenia Maribor 18.500
Serbia Red Star Belgrade 16.750
Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 12.250
Norway Rosenborg 11.500
Finland HJK 9.000
Republic of Ireland Dundalk 7.000
Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 6.250
North Macedonia Shkëndija 6.000
Wales The New Saints 6.000
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 6.000
Sweden AIK 5.500
Lithuania Sūduva 4.250
Malta Valletta 4.250
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo[Bye] 4.250
Poland Piast Gliwice 3.850
Romania CFR Cluj 3.500
Hungary Ferencváros 3.500
Estonia Nõmme Kalju 3.500
Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 3.000
Albania Partizani 3.000
Iceland Valur 2.750
Northern Ireland Linfield 2.250
Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn 1.500
Latvia Riga FC 1.125
Armenia Ararat-Armenia 1.050
Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi 0.950
Preliminary round
Team Coeff.[3]
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 4.250
Andorra FC Santa Coloma 4.000
San Marino Tre Penne 0.750
Kosovo Feronikeli 0.500
Notes
  1. Bye Sarajevo were drawn from the first qualifying round losers to receive a bye to the Europa League third qualifying round.

League Path[edit]

The League Path includes all league non-champions which do not qualify directly for the group stage, and consists of the following rounds:

  • Second qualifying round (4 teams): 4 teams which enter in this round.
  • Third qualifying round (8 teams): 6 teams which enter in this round, and 2 winners of the second qualifying round.
  • Play-off round (4 teams): 4 winners of the third qualifying round.

All teams eliminated from the League Path enter the Europa League:

Below are the participating teams of the League Path (with their 2019 UEFA club coefficients),[3] grouped by their starting rounds.[4]

Key to colours
Winners of play-off round advance to group stage
Losers of play-off round and third qualifying round enter Europa League group stage
Losers of second qualifying round enter Europa League third qualifying round
Third qualifying round
Team Coeff.[3]
Portugal Porto 93.000
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 65.000
Belgium Club Brugge 39.500
Russia Krasnodar 34.500
Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir 10.500
Austria LASK Linz 6.250
Second qualifying round
Team Coeff.[3]
Switzerland Basel 54.500
Greece Olympiacos 44.000
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 37.000
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 33.000

Format[edit]

Each tie, apart from the preliminary round, is played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advance to the next round. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e. the team that scores more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, then extra time is played. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e. if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out. In the preliminary round, where single-match semi-finals and final are hosted by one of the participating teams, if scores are level at the end of normal time, extra time is played, followed by penalty shoot-out if scores remain tied.

In the draws for each round, teams are seeded based on their UEFA club coefficients at the beginning of the season, with the teams divided into seeded and unseeded pots containing the same number of teams. A seeded team is drawn against an unseeded team, with the order of legs (or the administrative "home" team in the preliminary round matches) in each tie decided by draw. As the identity of the winners of the previous round is not known at the time of the draws, the seeding is carried out under the assumption that the team with the higher coefficient of an undecided tie advances to this round, which means if the team with the lower coefficient is to advance, it simply take the seeding of its opponent. Prior to the draws, UEFA may form "groups" in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, but they are purely for convenience of the draw and do not resemble any real groupings in the sense of the competition. Teams from associations with political conflicts as decided by UEFA may not be drawn into the same tie. After the draws, the order of legs of a tie may be reversed by UEFA due to scheduling or venue conflicts.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland).[1]

Qualifying phase and play-off round schedule
Round Draw date First leg Second leg
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 19 June 2019 23–24 July 2019 30–31 July 2019
Third qualifying round 22 July 2019 6–7 August 2019 13 August 2019
Play-off round 5 August 2019 20–21 August 2019 27–28 August 2019

Preliminary round[edit]

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 11 June 2019, 12:00 CEST, to determine the matchups of the semi-finals and the administrative "home" team of each semi-final and final.[5]

Seeding[edit]

A total of four teams were involved in the preliminary round draw. Two teams were seeded and two teams were unseeded for the semi-final round draw.

Seeded Unseeded

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-final roundFinal round
 
      
 
25 June – Pristina
 
 
Kosovo Feronikeli1
 
28 June – Pristina
 
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps0
 
Kosovo Feronikeli2
 
25 June – Pristina
 
Andorra FC Santa Coloma1
 
San Marino Tre Penne0
 
 
Andorra FC Santa Coloma1
 

Summary[edit]

The semi-final round was played on 25 June, and the final round on 28 June 2019, both at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina, Kosovo.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final round
Feronikeli Kosovo 1–0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
Tre Penne San Marino 0–1 Andorra FC Santa Coloma
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final round
Feronikeli Kosovo 2–1 Andorra FC Santa Coloma

Semi-final round[edit]

Tre Penne San Marino0–1Andorra FC Santa Coloma
Report

Feronikeli Kosovo1–0Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
Report

Final round[edit]

Feronikeli Kosovo2–1Andorra FC Santa Coloma
Report

First qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 18 June 2019, 14:30 CEST.[7]

Seeding[edit]

A total of 32 teams were involved in the first qualifying round draw: 31 teams entering in this round, and the winners of the preliminary round. They were divided into three groups: two of ten teams, where five teams were seeded and five teams were unseeded, and one of twelve teams, where six teams were seeded and six teams were unseeded.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the preliminary round. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on 9 and 10 July, and the second legs on 16 and 17 July 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Nõmme Kalju Estonia 2–2 (a) North Macedonia Shkëndija 0–1 2–1
Sūduva Lithuania 1–2 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 0–0 1–2
Ararat-Armenia Armenia 3–4 Sweden AIK 2–1 1–3
Astana Kazakhstan 2–3 Romania CFR Cluj 1–0 1–3
Ferencváros Hungary 5–3[A] Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 2–1 3–2
Partizani Albania 0–2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–0 0–2
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 2–2 (2–3 p) Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–5[B][C] Scotland Celtic 1–3 1–2
Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova 3–4 Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi 0–3 3–1
F91 Dudelange Luxembourg 3–3 (a) Malta Valletta 2–2 1–1
Linfield Northern Ireland 0–6 Norway Rosenborg 0–2 0–4
Valur Iceland 0–5 Slovenia Maribor 0–3 0–2
Dundalk Republic of Ireland 0–0 (5–4 p) Latvia Riga FC 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
The New Saints Wales 3–2 Kosovo Feronikeli 2–2 1–0
HJK Finland 5–2 Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn 3–0 2–2
BATE Borisov Belarus 3–2 Poland Piast Gliwice 1–1 2–1

Notes

  1. ^ Following a mistake with the original draw not following the correct procedure, UEFA performed a re-draw to establish the home team for each leg in the Ferencváros-Ludogorets Razgrad tie. As a result, the order of legs was reversed. The error did not affect any other tie.[8]
  2. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  3. ^ Losers to receive a bye to the Europa League third qualifying round.

Matches[edit]

Nõmme Kalju Estonia0–1North Macedonia Shkëndija
Report
Shkëndija North Macedonia1–2Estonia Nõmme Kalju
Report

2–2 on aggregate. Nõmme Kalju won on away goals.


Sūduva Lithuania0–0Serbia Red Star Belgrade
Report
Red Star Belgrade Serbia2–1Lithuania Sūduva
Report

Red Star Belgrade won 2–1 on aggregate.


Ararat-Armenia Armenia2–1Sweden AIK
Report
AIK Sweden3–1Armenia Ararat-Armenia
Report

AIK won 4–3 on aggregate.


Astana Kazakhstan1–0Romania CFR Cluj
Report
Attendance: 18,587[9]
CFR Cluj Romania3–1Kazakhstan Astana
Report

CFR Cluj won 3–2 on aggregate.


Ferencváros Hungary2–1Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Report
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria2–3Hungary Ferencváros
Report

Ferencváros won 5–3 on aggregate.


Partizani Albania0–0Azerbaijan Qarabağ
Report
Qarabağ Azerbaijan2–0Albania Partizani
Report

Qarabağ won 2–0 on aggregate.


Slovan Bratislava Slovakia1–1Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić
Report
Attendance: 11,250[9]

2–2 on aggregate. Sutjeska Nikšić won 3–2 on penalties.


Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina1–3Scotland Celtic
Report
Celtic Scotland2–1Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Report

Celtic won 5–2 on aggregate.


Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova0–3Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi
Report
Saburtalo Tbilisi Georgia (country)1–3Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
Report

Saburtalo Tbilisi won 4–3 on aggregate.


F91 Dudelange Luxembourg2–2Malta Valletta
Report
Valletta Malta1–1Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
Report

3–3 on aggregate. Valletta won on away goals.


Linfield Northern Ireland0–2Norway Rosenborg
Report
Attendance: 2,710[9]
Rosenborg Norway4–0Northern Ireland Linfield
Report
Attendance: 11,904
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)

Rosenborg won 6–0 on aggregate.


Valur Iceland0–3Slovenia Maribor
Report
Maribor Slovenia2–0Iceland Valur
Report

Maribor won 5–0 on aggregate.


Dundalk Republic of Ireland0–0Latvia Riga FC
Report
Attendance: 3,100[9]

0–0 on aggregate. Dundalk won 5–4 on penalties.


The New Saints Wales2–2Kosovo Feronikeli
Report
Attendance: 1,140[9]
Feronikeli Kosovo0–1Wales The New Saints
Report

The New Saints won 3–2 on aggregate.


HJK Finland3–0Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn
Report
HB Tórshavn Faroe Islands2–2Finland HJK
Report

HJK won 5–2 on aggregate.


BATE Borisov Belarus1–1Poland Piast Gliwice
Report
Attendance: 11,529[9]
Piast Gliwice Poland1–2Belarus BATE Borisov
Report

BATE Borisov won 3–2 on aggregate.

Second qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2019, 12:00 CEST.[10]

Seeding[edit]

A total of 24 teams were involved in the second qualifying round draw.

  • Champions Path: four teams entering in this round, and the 16 winners of the first qualifying round. They were divided into two groups of ten teams, where five teams were seeded and five teams were unseeded.
  • League Path: four teams entering in this round. Two teams were seeded and two teams were unseeded.
Champions Path League Path
Group 1 Group 2
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the first qualifying round. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.

Summary[edit]

The first legs will be played on 23 and 24 July, and the second legs on 30 and 31 July 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
CFR Cluj Romania 1 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 24 Jul 30 Jul
BATE Borisov Belarus 2 Norway Rosenborg 24 Jul 31 Jul
The New Saints Wales 3 Denmark Copenhagen 23 Jul 31 Jul
Ferencváros Hungary 4 Malta Valletta 24 Jul 30 Jul
Dundalk Republic of Ireland 5 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 24 Jul 31 Jul
Saburtalo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 6 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 23 Jul 30 Jul
Celtic Scotland 7 Estonia Nõmme Kalju 24 Jul 30 Jul
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 8 Finland HJK 24 Jul 31 Jul
Sutjeska Nikšić Montenegro 9 Cyprus APOEL 23 Jul 30 Jul
Maribor Slovenia 10 Sweden AIK 24 Jul 31 Jul
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic 1 Greece Olympiacos 23 Jul 30 Jul
PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 2 Switzerland Basel 23 Jul 30 Jul

Champions Path[edit]

Maccabi Tel Aviv IsraelvRomania CFR Cluj
Report

BATE Borisov BelarusvNorway Rosenborg
Report
Rosenborg NorwayvBelarus BATE Borisov
Report

The New Saints WalesvDenmark Copenhagen
Report
Copenhagen DenmarkvWales The New Saints
Report

Ferencváros HungaryvMalta Valletta
Report
Valletta MaltavHungary Ferencváros
Report

Dundalk Republic of IrelandvAzerbaijan Qarabağ
Report
Qarabağ AzerbaijanvRepublic of Ireland Dundalk
Report

Saburtalo Tbilisi Georgia (country)vCroatia Dinamo Zagreb
Report
Dinamo Zagreb CroatiavGeorgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi
Report

Celtic ScotlandvEstonia Nõmme Kalju
Report
Nõmme Kalju EstoniavScotland Celtic
Report

Red Star Belgrade SerbiavFinland HJK
Report
HJK FinlandvSerbia Red Star Belgrade
Report

Sutjeska Nikšić MontenegrovCyprus APOEL
Report
APOEL CyprusvMontenegro Sutjeska Nikšić
Report

Maribor SloveniavSweden AIK
Report
AIK SwedenvSlovenia Maribor
Report

League Path[edit]

Viktoria Plzeň Czech RepublicvGreece Olympiacos
Report
Olympiacos GreecevCzech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
Report

PSV Eindhoven NetherlandsvSwitzerland Basel
Report
Basel SwitzerlandvNetherlands PSV Eindhoven
Report

Third qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the third qualifying round will be held on 22 July 2019, 12:00 CEST.[11]

Seeding[edit]

A total of 20 teams are involved in the third qualifying round draw.

  • Champions Path: two teams entering in this round, and the 10 winners of the second qualifying round Champions Path. Six teams are seeded and six teams are unseeded.
  • League Path: six teams entering in this round, and the two winners of the second qualifying round League Path. Four teams are seeded and four teams are unseeded. Teams from Ukraine and Russia could not be drawn into the same tie, and if such a pairing was drawn or was set to be drawn in the final tie, the second team drawn in the current tie would be moved to the next tie.
Champions Path League Path
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the second qualifying round.

Summary[edit]

The first legs will be played on 6 and 7 August, and the second legs on 13 August 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
1 6/7 August 13 August
2 6/7 August 13 August
3 6/7 August 13 August
4 6/7 August 13 August
5 6/7 August 13 August
6 6/7 August 13 August
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
1 6/7 August 13 August
2 6/7 August 13 August
3 6/7 August 13 August
4 6/7 August 13 August

Champions Path[edit]

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League Path[edit]

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Play-off round[edit]

The draw for the play-off round will be held on 5 August 2019, 12:00 CEST.[12]

Seeding[edit]

Summary[edit]

Champions Path[edit]

League Path[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

There have been 86 goals scored in 35 matches in the qualifying phase and play-off round, for an average of 2.46 goals per match.[13]

Up to matches played on 17 July 2019

Rank Player Team Goals
1 France Billel Omrani Romania CFR Cluj 3
2 Slovenia Rok Kronaveter Slovenia Maribor 2
Norway Anders Konradsen Norway Rosenborg
Finland Lassi Lappalainen Finland HJK
Norway Tokmac Nguen Hungary Ferencváros
Armenia Petros Avetisyan Armenia Ararat-Armenia
Eritrea Henok Goitom Sweden AIK
North Macedonia Agim Ibraimi North Macedonia Shkëndija
Finland Riku Riski Finland HJK
Montenegro Ognjen Rolović Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi
Slovenia Andraž Šporar Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
Kosovo Mevlan Zeka Kosovo Feronikeli
13 58 players 1

Note: Players in bold still active in competition.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nõmme Kalju play their first qualifying round home match at Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn and second qualifying round home match at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, instead of their regular stadium Hiiu Stadium, Tallinn which did not meet UEFA requirements.
  2. ^ Shkëndija played their home match at Toše Proeski Arena, Skopje, instead of their regular stadium Ecolog Arena, Tetovo which was undergoing renovation.
  3. ^ a b Qarabağ play their home matches at Dalga Arena, Baku, instead of their regular stadium Azersun Arena, Baku.
  4. ^ F91 Dudelange played their home match at Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, instead of their regular stadium Stade Jos Nosbaum, Dudelange.
  5. ^ Feronikeli played their home match at Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina, instead of their regular stadium Rexhep Rexhepi Stadium, Drenas which did not meet UEFA requirements.
  6. ^ Maccabi Tel Aviv play their home matches at Netanya Stadium, Netanya, instead of their regular stadium Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv which is undergoing renovation.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "UEFA Champions League qualifying explained". UEFA.com. 25 June 2019.
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  4. ^ a b "2019/20 UEFA Champions League participants". UEFA.com. 9 July 2019.
  5. ^ "UEFA Champions League preliminary round draw". UEFA.com.
  6. ^ a b c "Summary UEFA Champions League - Preliminary Round". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  7. ^ "UEFA Champions League first qualifying round draw". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "UEFA-botrány: Üres teremben sorsolták újra a Fradi-Ludogorecet" (in Hungarian). origo.hu.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Summary UEFA Champions League - Round 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  10. ^ "UEFA Champions League second qualifying round draw". UEFA.com.
  11. ^ "UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw". UEFA.com.
  12. ^ "UEFA Champions League play-off round draw". UEFA.com.
  13. ^ "UEFA Champions League in numbers". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 17 July 2019.

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