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The 2019–20 UEFA Champions League is 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.

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 (from 54 associations)

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 qualify for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. 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 2019–20 Eredivisie, 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]

Liverpool are the defending champions.

Contents

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 79 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 rankingEdit

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

DistributionEdit

The following is the access list for this season.[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
(32 teams)
  • 31 champions from associations 20–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 1 winner from the preliminary round
Second qualifying round Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 16–19
  • 16 winners from the first qualifying round
League Path
(4 teams)
  • 4 runners-up from associations 12–15
Third qualifying round Champions Path
(12 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 14–15
  • 10 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(8 teams)
  • 5 runners-up from associations 7–11
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
  • 2 winners from the second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round Champions Path
(8 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 12–13
  • 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)
  • 11 champions from associations 1–11
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 5 third-placed teams from associations 1–5
  • 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 are made to the default access list, if the Champions League and/or Europa League title holders qualify for the tournament via their domestic leagues. In any case where a spot in the Champions League is vacated, teams of the highest-ranked associations in earlier rounds of the appropriate path are promoted accordingly.

  • In the default access list, the Champions League title holders qualify for the group stage. However, since the Champions League title holders (Liverpool) have qualified via their domestic league (as second place in the 2018–19 Premier League), the following changes to the access list were made:
    • The champions of association 11 (Austria) entered the group stage instead of the play-off round.
    • The champions of association 13 (Czech Republic) entered the play-off round instead of the third qualifying round.
    • The champions of association 15 (Greece) entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.
    • The champions of associations 18 and 19 (Israel and Cyprus) entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round.
  • In the default access list, the Europa League title holders qualify for the group stage. However, since the Europa League title holders (Chelsea) qualified for the group stage via their domestic league (as third place in the 2018–19 Premier League), the following changes to the access list were made:
    • The third-placed team of association 5 (France) entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round.
    • The runners-up of associations 10 and 11 (Turkey and Austria) entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.

TeamsEdit

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
  LiverpoolTH (2nd)   Tottenham Hotspur (4th)   RB Leipzig (3rd)   Benfica (1st)
  ChelseaEL (3rd)   Juventus (1st)   Bayer Leverkusen (4th)   Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
  Barcelona (1st)   Napoli (2nd)   Paris Saint-Germain (1st)   Genk (1st)
  Atlético Madrid (2nd)   Atalanta (3rd)   Lille (2nd)   Galatasaray (1st)
  Real Madrid (3rd)   Inter Milan (4th)   Lyon (3rd)   Red Bull Salzburg (1st)
  Valencia (4th)   Bayern Munich (1st)   Zenit Saint Petersburg (1st)
  Manchester City (1st)   Borussia Dortmund (2nd)   Lokomotiv Moscow (2nd)
Play-off round
Champions Path League Path
  Young Boys (1st)   Slavia Prague (1st)
Third qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
  Ajax (1st)   PAOK (1st)   Krasnodar (3rd)   Club Brugge (2nd)
  Porto (2nd)   İstanbul Başakşehir (2nd)
  Dynamo Kyiv (2nd)   LASK (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
  Dinamo Zagreb (1st)   Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st)   Basel (2nd)   PSV Eindhoven (2nd)
  Copenhagen (1st)   APOEL (1st)   Viktoria Plzeň (2nd)   Olympiacos (2nd)
First qualifying round
  CFR Cluj (1st)   Astana (1st)   Shkëndija (1st)   Saburtalo Tbilisi (1st)
  Piast Gliwice (1st)   Rosenborg (1st)   HJK (1st)   Ararat-Armenia (1st)
  AIK (1st)   Maribor (1st)   Dundalk (1st)   Valletta (1st)
  Qarabağ (1st)   Slovan Bratislava (1st)   Sarajevo (1st)   F91 Dudelange (1st)
  Ludogorets Razgrad (1st)   Sheriff Tiraspol (1st)   Riga FC (1st)   Linfield (1st)
  Red Star Belgrade (1st)   Partizani (1st)   Nõmme Kalju (1st)   The New Saints (1st)
  Celtic (1st)   Valur (1st)   Sūduva (1st)   HB Tórshavn (1st)
  BATE Borisov (1st)   Ferencváros (1st)   Sutjeska Nikšić (1st)
Preliminary round
  Lincoln Red Imps (1st)   FC Santa Coloma (1st)   Tre Penne (1st)   Feronikeli (1st)

Round and draw datesEdit

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 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 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 roundEdit

In the preliminary round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[6] and then drawn into one-legged semi-final and final ties. The losers of both semi-final and final rounds enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

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.[7] 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   1–0   Lincoln Red Imps
Tre Penne   0–1   FC Santa Coloma
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final round
Feronikeli   2–1   FC Santa Coloma

Qualifying roundsEdit

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] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties.

First qualifying roundEdit

The losers enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, except one team were drawn to receive a bye to the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 18 June 2019, 14:30 CEST.[8] 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   2–2 (a)   Shkëndija 0–1 2–1
Sūduva   1–2   Red Star Belgrade 0–0 1–2
Ararat-Armenia   3–4   AIK 2–1 1–3
Astana   2–3   CFR Cluj 1–0 1–3
Ferencváros   5–3[A]   Ludogorets Razgrad 2–1 3–2
Partizani   0–2   Qarabağ 0–0 0–2
Slovan Bratislava   2–2 (2–3 p)   Sutjeska Nikšić 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Sarajevo   2–5[B][C]   Celtic 1–3 1–2
Sheriff Tiraspol   3–4   Saburtalo Tbilisi 0–3 3–1
F91 Dudelange   3–3 (a)   Valletta 2–2 1–1
Linfield   0–6   Rosenborg 0–2 0–4
Valur   0–5   Maribor 0–3 0–2
Dundalk   0–0 (5–4 p)   Riga FC 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
The New Saints   3–2   Feronikeli 2–2 1–0
HJK   5–2   HB Tórshavn 3–0 2–2
BATE Borisov   3–2   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.[9]
  2. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  3. ^ Losers to receive a bye to the Europa League third qualifying round.

Second qualifying roundEdit

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.

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2019, 12:00 CEST.[10] 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   1   Maccabi Tel Aviv 24 Jul 30 Jul
BATE Borisov   2   Rosenborg 24 Jul 31 Jul
The New Saints   3   Copenhagen 23 Jul 31 Jul
Ferencváros   4   Valletta 24 Jul 30 Jul
Dundalk   5   Qarabağ 24 Jul 31 Jul
Saburtalo Tbilisi   6   Dinamo Zagreb 23 Jul 30 Jul
Celtic   7   Nõmme Kalju 24 Jul 30 Jul
Red Star Belgrade   8   HJK 24 Jul 31 Jul
Sutjeska Nikšić   9   APOEL 23 Jul 30 Jul
Maribor   10   AIK 24 Jul 31 Jul
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
Viktoria Plzeň   1   Olympiacos 23 Jul 30 Jul
PSV Eindhoven   2   Basel 23 Jul 30 Jul

Third qualifying roundEdit

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.

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 22 July 2019, 12:00 CEST.[11] 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
Winners of match 1 1 Winners of match 7 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
Winners of match 9 2 Winners of match 5 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
PAOK   3   Ajax 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
Winners of match 6 4 Winners of match 4 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
Winners of match 8 5 Winners of match 3 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
Winners of match 10 6 Winners of match 2 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
İstanbul Başakşehir   1 Winners of match 1 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
Krasnodar   2   Porto 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
Club Brugge   3   Dynamo Kyiv 6/7 Aug 13 Aug
Winners of match 2 4   LASK 6/7 Aug 13 Aug

Play-off roundEdit

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:

Officiating: From this stage, the video assistant referee will be used.

Champions Path

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

League Path

The four League Path winners of the third qualifying round compete in this round.

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

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage.

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):[13][14]

  • 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 one 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]

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 phaseEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 "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 "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  7. ^ "UEFA Champions League preliminary round draw". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "UEFA Champions League first qualifying round draw". UEFA.com.
  9. ^ "UEFA-botrány: Üres teremben sorsolták újra a Fradi-Ludogorecet" (in Hungarian). origo.hu.
  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. ^ "Champions League: Domestic title winners to receive top-seed status". BBC Sport. 9 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Champions' bonus for group stage draw". UEFA.com. 24 April 2015.

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