2020–21 UEFA Champions League

The 2020–21 UEFA Champions League will be the 66th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 29th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

2020–21 UEFA Champions League
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The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
23 June – 26 August 2020
Competition proper:
15 September 2020 – 29 May 2021
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 79, 80 or 81 (from 54 associations)
2021–22

The final will be played at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[1] The winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League will automatically qualify for the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup.

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 79, 80 or 81 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2020–21 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 2019–20 UEFA Champions League and 2019–20 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league.

Association rankingEdit

For the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2019 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2014–15 to 2018–19.[2]

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 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1   Spain 103.569 4
2   England 85.462
3   Italy 74.725
4   Germany 71.927
5   France 58.498 3
6   Russia 50.549
7   Portugal 48.232 2
8   Belgium 39.900
9   Ukraine 38.900
10   Turkey 34.600
11   Netherlands 32.433
12   Austria 31.250
13   Czech Republic 28.675
14   Greece 27.600
15   Croatia 27.375
16   Denmark 27.025 1
17    Switzerland 26.900
18   Cyprus 24.925
19   Serbia 22.250
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20   Scotland 22.125 1
21   Belarus 21.875
22   Sweden 20.900
23   Norway 20.200
24   Kazakhstan 19.250
25   Poland 19.250
26   Azerbaijan 19.000
27   Israel 18.625
28   Bulgaria 17.500
29   Romania 15.950
30   Slovakia 15.625
31   Slovenia 15.000
32   Liechtenstein 13.500 0
33   Hungary 10.500 1
34   North Macedonia 8.000
35   Moldova 7.750
36   Albania 7.500
37   Republic of Ireland 7.450
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38   Finland 7.275 1
39   Iceland 7.250
40   Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.125
41   Lithuania 6.750
42   Latvia 5.625
43   Luxembourg 5.500
44   Armenia 5.250
45   Malta 5.125
46   Estonia 5.000
47   Georgia 4.750
48   Wales 4.125
49   Montenegro 4.125
50   Faroe Islands 4.000
51   Gibraltar 4.000
52   Northern Ireland 3.875
53   Kosovo 2.500
54   Andorra 1.831
55   San Marino 0.666

DistributionEdit

The following is the default access list.[3]

Access list for 2020–21 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 (Netherlands) 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. 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.

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • TH: Champions League title holders
  • EL: Europa League title holders
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.: League positions of the previous season

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round are divided into Champions Path (CH) and League Path (LP).

CC: 2020 UEFA club coefficients (updated after UEFA Champions/Europa League matches on 20 February 2020, coefficients which may increase marked by ≥).[4]

Qualified teams for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Entry round Teams
Group stage   (TH)   (EL)   (1st)   (2nd)
  (3rd)   (4th)   Liverpool (1st/2nd/3rd/4th)
CC: ≥99.000
  (1st/2nd/3rd)
  (2nd/3rd/4th)   (3rd/4th/5th)[Note ENG]   (1st)   (2nd)
  (3rd)   (4th)   (1st)   (2nd)
  (3rd)   (4th)   (1st)   (2nd)
  (1st)   (2nd)   (1st)   (1st)
  (1st)   (1st)
Play-off round CH   (1st)   (1st)
Third qualifying round CH   (1st)   (1st)
LP   (3rd)   (3rd)   (2nd)   (2nd)
  (2nd)
Second qualifying round CH   (1st)   (1st)   (1st)
LP   (2nd)   (2nd)   (2nd)   (2nd)
  (2nd)   (2nd)
First qualifying round   (1st)   (1st)   (1st)   Dynamo Brest (1st)
CC: 3.775
  Djurgårdens IF (1st)
CC: ≥4.550
  Molde (1st)
CC: 15.000
  Astana (1st)
CC: 29.000
  (1st)
  (1st)   (1st)   (1st)   (1st)
  (1st)   (1st)   (1st)   (1st)
  Sheriff Tiraspol (1st)
CC: 12.750
  (1st)   Dundalk (1st)
CC: 8.500
  KuPS (1st)
CC: 2.500
  KR (1st)
CC: 2.500
  (1st)   Sūduva (1st)
CC: 6.750
  Riga FC (1st)
CC: 3.500
  (1st)   (1st)   (1st)   Flora (1st)
CC: 4.000
  Dinamo Tbilisi (1st)
CC: 4.750
  (1st)   (1st)   KÍ Klaksvík (1st)
CC: 2.750
  (1st)
Preliminary round   (1st)   (1st)   (1st)   (1st)

Notes

  1. ^ England (ENG): Manchester City, currently in the top four of the 2019–20 Premier League, were banned from all UEFA club competitions for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body on 14 February 2020 due to breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations.[5] However, the decision is pending appeal by Manchester City to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[6]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[7]

Schedule for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 9 June 2020 23 June 2020 (semi-final round) 26 June 2020 (final round)
First qualifying round 16 June 2020 7–8 July 2020 14–15 July 2020
Second qualifying round 17 June 2020 21–22 July 2020 28–29 July 2020
Third qualifying round 20 July 2020 4–5 August 2020 11 August 2020
Play-off Play-off round 3 August 2020 18–19 August 2020 25–26 August 2020
Group stage Matchday 1 27 August 2020
(Monaco)
15–16 September 2020
Matchday 2 29–30 September 2020
Matchday 3 20–21 October 2020
Matchday 4 3–4 November 2020
Matchday 5 24–25 November 2020
Matchday 6 8–9 December 2020
Knockout phase Round of 16 14 December 2020 16–17 & 23–24 February 2021 9–10 & 16–17 March 2021
Quarter-finals 19 March 2021 6–7 April 2021 13–14 April 2021
Semi-finals 27–28 April 2021 4–5 May 2021
Final 29 May 2021 at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Champions League final hosts announced for 2021, 2022 and 2023". Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Country coefficients 2018/19". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Champions League and Europa League changes next season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Club coefficients 2019/20". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations.
  5. ^ "Club Financial Control Body Adjudicatory Chamber decision on Manchester City Football Club". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Club statement". Manchester City F.C. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  7. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Champions League match calendar". Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019.

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