26 June – 29 August 2018
18 September 2018 – 1 June 2019
Competition proper: 32|
Total: 79 (from 54 associations)
The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League is the 64th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 27th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.
The final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain. The winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. They will also automatically qualify for the 2019–20 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 2018–19 Austrian Bundesliga, the 11th-ranked association according to next season's access list.
On 9 December 2016, UEFA confirmed the reforming plan for the UEFA Champions League for the 2018–2021 cycle, which was announced on 26 August 2016. As per the new regulations, the previous season's UEFA Europa League winners will qualify automatically for the UEFA Champions League group stage. Meanwhile, the top four teams from the leagues of the four top-ranked national associations in the UEFA country coefficients list will qualify automatically for the group stage as well. Only six teams will qualify for the group stage via the qualification rounds, down from ten in the previous season.
79 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2018–19 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:
For the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2017 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2012–13 to 2016–17.
Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:
In the default access list, the Champions League title holders qualify for the group stage. However, since Real Madrid already qualified for the group stage via their domestic league (as third place of the 2017–18 La Liga), the following changes to the access list was made:
In addition, the Europa League title holders qualify for the group stage. However, since Atlético Madrid, the Europa League champions, already qualified for the group stage via their domestic league (as second place of the 2017–18 La Liga), the following changes to the access list was made:
|Teams entering in this round||Teams advancing from previous round|
|First qualifying round
|Second qualifying round||Champions Path
|Third qualifying round||Champions Path
|Play-off round||Champions Path
League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).
|Real MadridTH (3rd)||Borussia Dortmund (4th)||Roma (3rd)||Porto (1st)|
|Atlético MadridEL (2nd)||Manchester City (1st)||Internazionale (4th)||Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)|
|Barcelona (1st)||Manchester United (2nd)||Paris Saint-Germain (1st)||Club Brugge (1st)|
|Valencia (4th)||Tottenham Hotspur (3rd)||Monaco (2nd)[Note FRA]||Galatasaray (1st)|
|Bayern Munich (1st)||Liverpool (4th)||Lyon (3rd)||Viktoria Plzeň (1st)|
|Schalke 04 (2nd)||Juventus (1st)||Lokomotiv Moscow (1st)|
|1899 Hoffenheim (3rd)||Napoli (2nd)||CSKA Moscow (2nd)|
|Champions Path||League Path|
|Young Boys (1st)||PSV Eindhoven (1st)|
|Third qualifying round|
|Champions Path||League Path|
|AEK Athens (1st)||Red Bull Salzburg (1st)||Spartak Moscow (3rd)||Standard Liège (2nd)|
|Benfica (2nd)||Fenerbahçe (2nd)|
|Dynamo Kyiv (2nd)||Slavia Prague (2nd)|
|Second qualifying round|
|Champions Path||League Path|
|Dinamo Zagreb (1st)||Midtjylland (1st)||Basel (2nd)||PAOK (2nd)|
|CFR Cluj (1st)||BATE Borisov (1st)||Ajax (2nd)||Sturm Graz (2nd)|
|First qualifying round|
|Legia Warsaw (1st)||Red Star Belgrade (1st)||Kukësi (2nd)[Note ALB]||Alashkert (1st)|
|Malmö FF (1st)||Astana (1st)||Cork City (1st)||F91 Dudelange (1st)|
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1st)||Olimpija Ljubljana (1st)||Zrinjski Mostar (1st)||Crusaders (1st)|
|Celtic (1st)||Spartak Trnava (1st)||Torpedo Kutaisi (1st)||Sūduva Marijampolė (1st)|
|APOEL (1st)||MOL Vidi (1st)||Spartaks Jūrmala (1st)||Valletta (1st)|
|Rosenborg (1st)||Sheriff Tiraspol (1st)||Shkëndija (1st)||The New Saints (1st)|
|Qarabağ (1st)||Valur (1st)||Flora Tallinn (1st)||Víkingur Gøta (1st)|
|Ludogorets Razgrad (1st)||HJK (1st)||Sutjeska Nikšić (1st)|
|Lincoln Red Imps (1st)||FC Santa Coloma (1st)||La Fiorita (1st)||Drita (1st)|
|Phase||Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|Preliminary||Preliminary round||12 June 2018||26 June 2018 (semi-final round)||29 June 2018 (final round)|
|Qualifying||First qualifying round||19 June 2018||10–11 July 2018||17–18 July 2018|
|Second qualifying round||24–25 July 2018||31 July – 1 August 2018|
|Third qualifying round||23 July 2018||7–8 August 2018||14 August 2018|
|Play-off||Play-off round||6 August 2018||21–22 August 2018||28–29 August 2018|
|Group stage||Matchday 1||30 August 2018
|18–19 September 2018|
|Matchday 2||2–3 October 2018|
|Matchday 3||23–24 October 2018|
|Matchday 4||6–7 November 2018|
|Matchday 5||27–28 November 2018|
|Matchday 6||11–12 December 2018|
|Knockout phase||Round of 16||17 December 2018||12–13 & 19–20 February 2019||5–6 & 12–13 March 2019|
|Quarter-finals||15 March 2019||9–10 April 2019||16–17 April 2019|
|Semi-finals||19 April 2019||30 April – 1 May 2019||7–8 May 2019|
|Final||1 June 2019 at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid|
From this season, there will be staggered kick-off times in the group stage at 18:55 CET and 21:00 CET. Kick-off times starting from the knock-out phase will be 21:00 CET.
In the preliminary round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients, and then drawn into one-legged semi-final and final ties. The draw for the preliminary round was held on 12 June 2018. The semi-final round was played on 26 June, and the final round was played on 29 June 2018, both at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar. The losers of both semi-final and final rounds entered the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|FC Santa Coloma||0–2 (a.e.t.)||Drita|
|La Fiorita||0–2||Lincoln Red Imps|
|Lincoln Red Imps||1–4 (a.e.t.)||Drita|
Drita's win on 26 June 2018 was the first time that a team representing Kosovo had won a game in any UEFA competition.
The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 19 June 2018. The first legs were played on 10 and 11 July, and the second legs were played on 17 and 18 July 2018. The losers entered the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, except for the losers of the Cork City/Legia Warsaw tie who were randomly drawn to receive a bye to the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Torpedo Kutaisi||2–4||Sheriff Tiraspol||2–1||0–3|
|Shkëndija||5–4||The New Saints||5–0||0–4|
|Cork City||0–4||Legia Warsaw||0–1||0–3|
|Flora Tallinn||2–7||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||1–4||1–3|
|Spartaks Jūrmala||0–2||Red Star Belgrade||0–0||0–2|
|Spartak Trnava||2–1||Zrinjski Mostar||1–0||1–1|
The second qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2018. The first legs will be played on 24 and 25 July, and the second legs will be played on 31 July and 1 August 2018. The losers from both Champions Path and League Path enter the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Astana||1||Midtjylland||24 Jul||1 Aug|
|Ludogorets Razgrad||2||Vidi||25 Jul||1 Aug|
|Kukësi||3||Qarabağ||25 Jul||1 Aug|
|CFR Cluj||4||Malmö FF||24 Jul||1 Aug|
|Dinamo Zagreb||5||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||24 Jul||31 Jul|
|Red Star Belgrade||6||Sūduva Marijampolė||24 Jul||1 Aug|
|BATE Borisov||7||HJK||25 Jul||1 Aug|
|Shkëndija||8||Sheriff Tiraspol||24 Jul||31 Jul|
|Legia Warsaw||9||Spartak Trnava||24 Jul||31 Jul|
|Celtic||10||Rosenborg||25 Jul||1 Aug|
|PAOK||1||Basel||24 Jul||1 Aug|
|Ajax||2||Sturm Graz||25 Jul||1 Aug|
Note: All qualified teams below are listed with their 2018 UEFA club coefficients (CC). A new club coefficient system will be used for seeding starting from the 2018–19 season, which is calculated by the maximum of either the club points in the previous five years or 20% of the association points over the same period (instead of the sum of the two values). In cases where the club coefficients are to be determined (teams from their associations are still active in 2017–18 UEFA club competitions), the latest club coefficients are listed.
The third qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The draw for the third qualifying round will be held on 23 July 2018. The first legs will be played on 7 and 8 August, and the second legs will be played on 14 August 2018. The losers from Champions Path enter the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League play-off round, while the losers from League Path enter the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage.
20 teams play in the third qualifying round:
Two teams which enter in this round, and the 10 Champions Path winners of the second qualifying round.
Six teams which enter in this round, and the two League Path winners of the second qualifying round.
The play-off round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The draw for the play-off round will be held on 6 August 2018. The first legs will be played on 21 and 22 August, and the second legs will be played on 28 and 29 August 2018. The losers from both Champions Path and League Path enter the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Twelve teams play in the play-off round:
Two teams which enter in this round, and the six Champions Path winners of the third qualifying round.
The four League Path winners of the third qualifying round.
The draw for the group stage will be held on 30 August 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. 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 this season):
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 2018–19 UEFA Europa League round of 32. The matchdays are 18–19 September, 2–3 October, 23–24 October, 6–7 November, 27–28 November, and 11–12 December 2018.
The youth teams of the clubs that qualify for the group stage also participate in the 2018–19 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).
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).
The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 17 December 2018. The first legs will be played on 12, 13, 19 and 20 February, and the second legs will be played on 5, 6, 12 and 13 March 2019.
The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 15 March 2019. The first legs will be played on 9 and 10 April, and the second legs will be played on 16 and 17 April 2019.
The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 19 April 2019. The first legs will be played on 30 April and 1 May, and the second legs will be played on 7 and 8 May 2019.
The final will be played on 1 June 2019 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) will be determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.