UEFA Youth League
|Number of teams||64|
|Current champions||Red Bull Salzburg (1st title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Chelsea (2 titles)|
|Television broadcasters||Arena Sport
BeIN Sports (Spain)
ORF Sport +
TV3 Sport 1
|2016–17 UEFA Youth League|
The UEFA Youth League (originally titled as the UEFA U-19 Champions League) is an association football competition for all under age players registered to the 32 senior clubs that qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, plus 32 domestic youth champions.
In May 2010, UEFA organised a match, referred to as the "UEFA Under-18 Challenge", between the under-18 teams of Bayern Munich and Internazionale, three days prior to the UEFA Champions League Final between the respective senior sides. Internazionale won the match 2–0 with two goals from Denis Alibec. The match was part of "UEFA Grassroots Day", and acted as an inspiration for the UEFA Youth League.
The teams in the first tournament, 2013–14 UEFA Youth League, played a group stage with the same composition and calendar as the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League group stage, and was held on a 'trial basis'.
The eight group-winners and eight runners-up from group stage then participated in a knockout phase. Unlike the UEFA Champions League, the knockout phase had single-leg ties, with the semi-finals and final played at neutral venues.
After a two-year trial period, the UEFA Youth League became a permanent UEFA competition starting from the 2015–16 season, with the tournament expanded from 32 to 64 teams to allow the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations according to their UEFA country coefficients to also participate. The 32 UEFA Champions League group stage youth teams retain the group stage format, with the group winners advancing to the round of 16 and the runners-up advancing to the play-offs. The 32 youth domestic champions play two rounds of two-legged ties, with the eight winners advancing to the play-offs, where they play a single match at home against the Champions League path runners-up. The round of 16 onwards retain the same format of single-leg ties as before.
|Season||Winners||Score||Runners-up||Losing semi-finalists||Final stage host|
|2013–14||Barcelona||3–0||Benfica||Real Madrid and Schalke 04||Colovray Stadium, Nyon|
|2014–15||Chelsea||3–2||Shakhtar Donetsk||Anderlecht and Roma|
|2015–16||Chelsea||2–1||Paris Saint-Germain||Anderlecht and Real Madrid|
|2016–17||Red Bull Salzburg||2–1||Benfica||Barcelona and Real Madrid|
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