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2019–20 UEFA Champions League
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Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
25 June – 28 August 2019
Competition proper:
17 September 2019 – 30 May 2020
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 79

The 2019–20 UEFA Champions League will be 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.

The final will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. 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.

Liverpool are the defending champions.

Association team allocation

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 ranking

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.

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

Distribution

The following is the access list for this season.

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.

Teams

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).

Qualified teams for 2019–20 UEFA Champions League (by entry round)
Group stage
England LiverpoolTH (2nd) England Tottenham Hotspur (4th) Germany RB Leipzig (3rd) Flag of Portugal Benfica (1st)
England ChelseaEL (3rd) Flag of Italy Juventus (1st) Germany Bayer Leverkusen (4th) Flag of Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
Flag of Spain Barcelona (1st) Flag of Italy Napoli (2nd) Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain (1st) Belgium Genk (1st)
Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid (2nd) Flag of Italy Atalanta (3rd) Flag of France Lille (2nd) Flag of Turkey Galatasaray (1st)
Flag of Spain Real Madrid (3rd) Flag of Italy Inter Milan (4th) Flag of France Lyon (3rd) Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg (1st)
Flag of Spain Valencia (4th) Germany Bayern Munich (1st) Flag of Russia Good One Zenit Saint Petersburg (1st)
England Manchester City (1st) Germany Borussia Dortmund (2nd) Flag of Russia Good One Lokomotiv Moscow (2nd)
Play-off round
Champions Path League Path
Switzerland Young Boys (1st) Flag of Czech Slavia Prague (1st)
Third qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
Netherlands Ajax (1st) Flag of Greece.svg PAOK (1st) Flag of Russia Good One Krasnodar (3rd) Belgium Club Brugge (2nd)
Flag of Portugal Porto (2nd) Flag of Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir (2nd)
Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (2nd) Flag of Austria LASK (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st) Flag of Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st) Switzerland Basel (2nd) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (2nd)
Flag of Denmark Copenhagen (1st) Flag of Cyprus APOEL (1st) Flag of Czech Viktoria Plzeň (2nd) Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos (2nd)
First qualifying round
Romania CFR Cluj (1st) Flag of Kazakhstan Astana (1st) Flag of Macedonia Shkëndija (1st) Flag of Georgia Saburtalo Tbilisi (1st)
Flag of Poland Piast Gliwice (1st) Flag of Norway Rosenborg (1st) Flag of Finland HJK (1st) Flag of Armenia Ararat-Armenia (1st)
Flag of Sweden Good one AIK (1st) Flag of Slovenia Maribor (1st) Flag of Republic Ireland Dundalk (1st) Malta Valletta (1st)
Flag of Azerbaijan Qarabağ (1st) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (1st) Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo (1st) Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (1st)
Flag of Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st) Flag of Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (1st) Latvia Riga FC (1st) Flag of Northern Ireland Linfield (1st)
Flag of Serbia Red Star Belgrade (1st) Flag of Albania Partizani (1st) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (1st) Flag of Wales The New Saints (1st)
Scotland Celtic (1st) Flag of Iceland Valur (1st) Flag of Lithuania Sūduva (1st) Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn (1st)
Belarus Flag BATE Borisov (1st) Flag of Hungary Ferencváros (1st) Flag of Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić (1st)
Preliminary round
Flag of Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps (1st) Flag of Andorra FC Santa Coloma (1st) San Marino Tre Penne (1st) Flag of Kosovo Feronikeli (1st)

Round and draw dates

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

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 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 round

Note: All qualified teams below are listed with their 2019 UEFA club coefficients (CC).

In the preliminary round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients, and then drawn into one-legged semi-final and final ties, which will be played in Pristina, Kosovo. The losers of both semi-final and final rounds enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

A total of four teams play in the preliminary round.

Seeded teams:

Unseeded teams:

Qualifying rounds

Main article: 2019–20 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-offs#First qualifying round

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients, and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties.

First qualifying round

A total of 32 teams are expected to play in the first qualifying round: 31 teams which enter in this round, and the winners of the preliminary round. The losers enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Seeded teams:

Unseeded teams:

Second qualifying round

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.

A total of 24 teams are expected to play in the second qualifying round:

Champions Path

Four teams which enter in this round, and the 16 winners of the first qualifying round.

Seeded teams:

Unseeded teams:

League Path

Four teams which enter in this round.

Seeded teams:

Unseeded teams:

Third qualifying round

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.

A total of 20 teams are expected to play in the third qualifying round:

Champions Path

Two teams which enter in this round, and the ten Champions Path winners of the second qualifying round.

Seeded teams:

Seeding TBD:

  • Winners of match involving Flag of Cyprus APOEL CC: 25.500
  • Flag of Greece.svg PAOK CC: 23.500
  • 7 winners of second qualifying round

League Path

Six teams which enter in this round, and the two League Path winners of the second qualifying round.

Seeded teams:

Unseeded teams:

Play-off round

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:

Champions Path

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

Seeded teams:

  • Winners of match involving Netherlands Ajax CC: 70.500

Seeding TBD:

League Path

The four League Path winners of the third qualifying round.

Seeded teams:

  • Winners of match involving Flag of Portugal Porto CC: 93.000
  • Winners of match involving Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv CC: 65.000

Unseeded teams:

  • 2 winners of third qualifying round

Group stage

Main article: 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):

  • 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 either 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.

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).

Pot 1 (by association rank):

Pot 2:

Pot 2 or 3:

Pot 3:

Pot 3 or 4:

Pot 4:

Knockout phase

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 also

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