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The 2015–16 UEFA Youth League was the third season of the UEFA Youth League, a European youth club football competition organised by UEFA.

2015–16 UEFA Youth League
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The Colovray Stadium in Nyon hosted the semi-finals and final
Tournament details
Dates15 September 2015 – 18 April 2016
Teams64 (from 37 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Chelsea (2nd title)
Runners-upFrance Paris Saint-Germain
Tournament statistics
Matches played167
Goals scored538 (3.22 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Roberto Núñez (9 goals)

After a two-year trial period, the UEFA Youth League became a permanent UEFA competition starting from this season, with the tournament expanded from 32 to 64 teams.[1]

Chelsea retained their title after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 2–1 in the final.[2]

Contents

Format changesEdit

The UEFA Executive Committee held on 18 September 2014 approved the following changes to the UEFA Youth League starting from the 2015–16 season:[3][4]

  • The tournament is expanded from 32 to 64 teams. The 64 teams include the youth teams of the 32 clubs which participate in the UEFA Champions League group stage, which have been included since the first edition, as well as the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations according to their UEFA country coefficients, which are included starting from this edition. Associations without a youth domestic champion as well as domestic champions already included in the UEFA Champions League path are replaced by the next association in the UEFA ranking.
  • The new format of the competition sees the two groups of teams compete in separate paths until the play-offs:
    • In the UEFA Champions League path, the 32 Champions League youth teams retain the group stage format and schedule which correspond to the Champions League group stage. The group winners advance to the round of 16, and the group runners-up advance to the play-offs.
    • In the Domestic Champions path, the 32 youth domestic champions play two rounds of two-legged ties, with the eight winners advancing to the play-offs.
    • In the play-offs, the youth domestic champions play a single match at home against the UEFA Champions League path group runners-up.
    • In the round of 16, the UEFA Champions League path group winners play a single match against the winners of the play-offs (home team determined by draw).
    • In the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final, teams play each other over a single match (quarter-finals home team determined by draw, semi-finals and final played at neutral venues).
  • The under-19 age limit is retained, but clubs are able to include a maximum of three under-20 players in their overall list of 40 players for the competition, in order to alleviate the burden on players having school duties.

TeamsEdit

A total of 64 teams from 37 of the 54 UEFA member associations entered the tournament. They were split into two sections:[5][6]

  • The youth teams of the 32 clubs which qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage entered the UEFA Champions League Path.
  • The youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations according to their 2014 UEFA country coefficients entered the Domestic Champions Path. Associations without a youth domestic champion as well as domestic champions already included in the UEFA Champions League path were replaced by the next association in the UEFA ranking.[7][8]
Rank Association Teams
UEFA Champions League Path Domestic Champions Path
1   Spain Villarreal
2   England Middlesbrough
3   Germany Schalke 04
4   Italy Torino
5   Portugal
6   France Stade de Reims
7   Russia Spartak Moscow
8   Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Ajax
9   Ukraine
10   Belgium Gent Anderlecht
11   Turkey Galatasaray Beşiktaş
12   Greece Olympiacos[†]
13   Switzerland Servette
14   Austria Red Bull Salzburg
15   Czech Republic Příbram
16   Romania Viitorul Constanța
17   Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv[†]
18   Cyprus APOEL
19   Denmark Midtjylland
20   Croatia Dinamo Zagreb[†]
21   Poland Legia Warsaw
22   Belarus BATE Borisov Minsk
23   Scotland Celtic[9]
24   Sweden Malmö Elfsborg
25   Bulgaria Litex Lovech
26   Norway Brann
27   Serbia Rad
28   Hungary Puskás Akadémia
29   Slovenia Domžale
30   Slovakia Senica
31   Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
32   Azerbaijan Ravan Baku
33   Georgia Saburtalo Tbilisi
34   Kazakhstan Astana Aktobe
35   Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar
36   Finland HJK
37   Iceland Stjarnan
Associations which did not enter a team
38   Latvia
39   Montenegro
40   Albania
41   Lithuania
42   Macedonia
43   Republic of Ireland
44   Luxembourg
45   Malta
46   Liechtenstein
47   Northern Ireland
48   Wales
49   Armenia
50   Estonia
51   Faroe Islands
52   San Marino
53   Andorra
54   Gibraltar
Notes
  1. Teams which were also youth domestic champions.

SquadsEdit

Players must be born on or after 1 January 1997, with a maximum of three players per team born between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1996 allowed.

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[5][10]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
UEFA Champions League Path
Group stage
Matchday 1 27 August 2015
(Monaco)
15–16 September 2015
Matchday 2 29–30 September 2015
Matchday 3 20–21 October 2015
Matchday 4 3–4 November 2015
Matchday 5 24–25 November 2015
Matchday 6 8–9 December 2015
Domestic Champions Path First round 1 September 2015 29–30 September 2015 20–21 October 2015
Second round 3–4 November 2015 24–25 November 2015
Knockout phase Play-offs 14 December 2015 9–10 February 2016
Round of 16 15 February 2016 23–24 February 2016
Quarter-finals 8–9 March 2016
Semi-finals 15 April 2016 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon
Final 18 April 2016 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon
Notes
  • For the UEFA Champions League Path group stage, in principle the teams play their matches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the same day as the corresponding senior teams in the UEFA Champions League; 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; 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; however, matches may also be played on other dates, provided they are completed before the following dates:
    • Play-offs: 12 February 2016
    • Round of 16: 26 February 2016
    • Quarter-finals: 18 March 2016

UEFA Champions League PathEdit

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 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage, which was held in Monaco on 27 August 2015.[11][12]

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The eight group winners advanced to the round of 16, while the eight runners-up advanced to the play-offs, where they were joined by the eight second round winners from the Domestic Champions Path. The matchdays were 15–16 September, 29–30 September, 20–21 October, 3–4 November, 24–25 November, and 8–9 December 2015.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PSG RMA MFF SHA
1   Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 1 1 16 6 +10 13 Advance to round of 16 4–1 0–0 5–2
2   Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 16 7 +9 12 Advance to play-offs 2–0 3–0 4–0
3   Malmö FF 6 1 2 3 7 14 −7 5 0–3 1–0 5–5
4   Shakhtar Donetsk 6 1 1 4 13 25 −12 4 1–4 2–6 3–1
Source: UEFA

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PSV CSK MUN WOL
1   PSV Eindhoven 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1 10 Advance to round of 16 2–1 0–3 2–1
2   CSKA Moscow 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 8[a] Advance to play-offs 0–0 4–0 1–2
3   Manchester United 6 2 2 2 6 10 −4 8[a] 0–5 0–0 1–1
4   Wolfsburg 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7 4–1 2–4 0–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked by head-to-head record (CSKA Moscow: 4 pts; Manchester United: 1 pt).

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BEN ATM GAL AST
1   Benfica 6 5 1 0 29 3 +26 16 Advance to round of 16 1–1 2–0 8–0
2   Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 25 5 +20 13 Advance to play-offs 1–2 4–0 7–1
3   Galatasaray 6 2 0 4 8 20 −12 6 1–11 1–3 3–0
4   Astana 6 0 0 6 1 35 −34 0 0–5 0–9 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MCI SEV JUV MGL
1   Manchester City 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11[a] Advance to round of 16 1–1 4–1 1–1
2   Sevilla 6 3 2 1 9 7 +2 11[a] Advance to play-offs 0–2 1–0 4–2
3   Juventus 6 2 0 4 7 11 −4 6 2–1 0–1 2–1
4   Borussia Mönchengladbach 6 1 2 3 10 13 −3 5 1–2 2–2 3–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked by head-to-head record (Manchester City: 4 pts; Sevilla: 1 pt).

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAR ROM LEV BAT
1   Barcelona 6 3 3 0 10 4 +6 12 Advance to round of 16 3–3 1–1 2–0
2   Roma 6 2 3 1 12 6 +6 9 Advance to play-offs 0–0 5–1 3–0
3   Bayer Leverkusen 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8 0–1 2–1 1–0
4   BATE Borisov 6 0 2 4 1 10 −9 2 0–3 0–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DIN ARS OLY BAY
1   Dinamo Zagreb 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10[a] Advance to round of 16 0–2 2–2 0–1
2   Arsenal 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10[a] Advance to play-offs 1–2 3–2 2–0
3   Olympiacos 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10[a] 1–3 2–0 1–0
4   Bayern Munich 6 1 1 4 3 7 −4 4 1–2 1–1 0–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Ranked by head-to-head record (Dinamo Zagreb: 7 pts; Arsenal: 6 pts; Olympiacos: 4 pts).

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHE DYK POR MTA
1   Chelsea 6 4 2 0 15 4 +11 14 Advance to round of 16 3–1 0–0 3–0
2   Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 10 Advance to play-offs 0–2 2–1 2–0
3   Porto 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 8 3–3 0–1 2–0
4   Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12 1 0–4 1–1 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LYO VAL ZEN GNT
1   Lyon 6 4 1 1 16 4 +12 13[a] Advance to round of 16 1–0 6–0 4–0
2   Valencia 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 13[a] Advance to play-offs 1–1 2–0 5–1
3   Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 2 0 4 5 11 −6 6 3–1 0–1 0–1
4   Gent 6 1 0 5 2 18 −16 3 0–3 0–4 0–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked by head-to-head record (Lyon: 4 pts; Valencia: 1 pt).

Domestic Champions PathEdit

For the Domestic Champions Path, the 32 teams were drawn into two rounds of two-legged home-and-away ties. The draw was held on 1 September 2015.[13][14] There were no seedings, but the 32 teams were split into four groups defined by sporting and geographical criteria prior to the draw.[15]

  • In the first round, teams in the same group were drawn against each other.
  • In the second round, the winners from Group 1 were drawn against the winners from Group 2, and the winners from Group 3 were drawn against the winners from Group 4, with the order of legs decided by draw.

The eight second round winners advanced to the play-offs, where they were joined by the eight group runners-up from the UEFA Champions League Path.

If the aggregate scores were level after full-time of the second leg, the away goals rule was used to decide the winner. If still tied, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out (no extra time was played).[5]

First roundEdit

The first legs were played on 29 and 30 September, and the second legs were played on 7, 14, 20 and 21 October 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Villarreal   4–4 (a)   Servette 2–3 2–1
APOEL   4–9   Puskás Akadémia 3–3 1–6
Senica   1–2   Torino 0–0 1–2
Rad   1–1 (3–2 p)   Domžale 0–1 1–0
Stade de Reims   5–6   Middlesbrough 5–3 0–3
Elfsborg   2–1   Stjarnan 2–0 0–1
Brann   1–6   Anderlecht 1–1 0–5
HJK   1–6   Celtic 0–5 1–1
Schalke 04   2–5   Ajax 2–3 0–2
Příbram   4–1   Zimbru Chișinău 2–0 2–1
Red Bull Salzburg   5–2   Željezničar 4–0 1–2
Midtjylland   5–2[A]   Saburtalo Tbilisi 3–1 2–1
Aktobe   0–6   Beşiktaş 0–2 0–4
Spartak Moscow   4–0   Ravan Baku 4–0 0–0
Minsk   3–7   Viitorul Constanța 2–2 1–5
Litex Lovech   2–5   Legia Warsaw 1–2 1–3
Notes
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second roundEdit

The first legs were played on 4, 5 November and 2 December, and the second legs were played on 24, 25 November and 6 December 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Puskás Akadémia   1–3   Celtic 1–0 0–3
Rad   0–1   Elfsborg 0–1 0–0
Servette   3–4   Anderlecht 1–2 2–2
Middlesbrough   6–3   Torino 3–0 3–3
Spartak Moscow   1–5   Ajax 0–3 1–2
Beşiktaş   2–5   Red Bull Salzburg 1–0 1–5
Midtjylland   5–1   Legia Warsaw 2–0 3–1
Příbram   2–0   Viitorul Constanța 2–0 0–0

Play-offsEdit

For the play-offs, the 16 teams were drawn into eight ties played over one match. The draw was held on 14 December 2015.[16][17] The eight second round winners from the Domestic Champions Path were 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 could not be drawn against each other.

The eight play-off winners advanced to the round of 16, where they were joined by the eight group winners from the UEFA Champions League Path. The play-offs were played on 9 and 10 February 2016.

If the scores were level after full-time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out (no extra time was played).[5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ajax   3–1   Sevilla
Příbram   2–2 (5–4 p)   CSKA Moscow
Red Bull Salzburg   0–4   Roma
Anderlecht   2–0   Arsenal
Celtic   1–1 (3–4 p)   Valencia
Elfsborg   1–3   Real Madrid
Middlesbrough   5–0   Dynamo Kyiv
Midtjylland   4–4 (5–4 p)   Atlético Madrid

Knockout phaseEdit

For the knockout phase (round of 16 onwards), the 16 teams were drawn into a single-elimination tournament, with all ties played over one match. The draw was held on 15 February 2016.[18][19] The mechanism of the draws for each round was as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners from the UEFA Champions League Path were drawn against the eight play-off winners. Teams from the same UEFA Champions League Path group could not be drawn against each other, but teams from the same association could be drawn against each other. The draw also decided the home team for each round of 16 match.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there were no seedings, and teams from the same UEFA Champions League Path group or the same association could be drawn against each other. The draws also decided the home team for each quarter-final, and the "home" team for administrative purposes for each semi-final and final (which were played at a neutral venue).

If the scores were level after full-time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out (no extra time was played).[5]

Bracket (round of 16 onwards)Edit

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
23 February
 
 
  Real Madrid3
 
8 March
 
  Manchester City1
 
  Real Madrid2
 
24 February
 
  Benfica0
 
  Příbram1 (3)
 
15 April – Nyon
 
  Benfica (p)1 (5)
 
  Real Madrid1
 
24 February
 
  Paris Saint-Germain3
 
  Paris Saint-Germain1
 
9 March
 
  Middlesbrough0
 
  Paris Saint-Germain3
 
24 February
 
  Roma1
 
  PSV Eindhoven2 (1)
 
18 April – Nyon
 
  Roma (p)2 (3)
 
  Paris Saint-Germain1
 
23 February
 
  Chelsea2
 
  Chelsea (p)1 (5)
 
15 March
 
  Valencia1 (3)
 
  Chelsea1
 
24 February
 
  Ajax0
 
  Lyon0
 
15 April – Nyon
 
  Ajax3
 
  Chelsea3
 
23 February
 
  Anderlecht0
 
  Anderlecht (awd.)3
 
8 March
 
  Dinamo Zagreb0
 
  Anderlecht2
 
23 February
 
  Barcelona0
 
  Barcelona3
 
 
  Midtjylland1
 

Round of 16Edit

The round of 16 matches were played on 23 and 24 February 2016.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
PSV Eindhoven   2–2 (1–3 p)   Roma
Příbram   1–1 (3–5 p)   Benfica
Anderlecht   3–0 (awd.)[B]   Dinamo Zagreb
Lyon   0–3   Ajax
Chelsea   1–1 (5–3 p)   Valencia
Real Madrid   3–1   Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain   1–0   Middlesbrough
Barcelona   3–1   Midtjylland
Notes
  1. ^ Match originally finished 0–2 in favour of Dinamo Zagreb, but was awarded by UEFA as 3–0 win for Anderlecht due to Dinamo Zagreb fielding suspended player Matija Fintić.[20]

Quarter-finalsEdit

The quarter-finals were played on 8, 9 and 15 March 2016.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Chelsea   1–0   Ajax
Paris Saint-Germain   3–1   Roma
Anderlecht   2–0   Barcelona
Real Madrid   2–0   Benfica

Semi-finalsEdit

The semi-finals were played on 15 April 2016 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon.[21]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Real Madrid   1–3   Paris Saint-Germain
Chelsea   3–0   Anderlecht

FinalEdit

The final was played on 18 April 2016 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon.[21]

Paris Saint-Germain  1–2  Chelsea
Meïté   58' Report Tomori   10'
Palmer   61'
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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