2018–19 UEFA Champions League

2018–19 UEFA Champions League
Wanda-Metropolitano.jpg
The Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid will host the final
Tournament details
Dates Qualifying:
26 June – 29 August 2018
Competition proper:
18 September 2018 – 1 June 2019
Teams 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.[1] 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.[2]

Real Madrid are the defending champions, having won the title for three successive seasons in 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18.

Format changes[]

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.[3][4] 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.[3] Only six teams will qualify for the group stage via the qualification rounds, down from ten in the previous season.[5]

Association team allocation[]

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:[5][6]

Association ranking[]

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.[7]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain Spain 104.998 4
2 Germany Germany 79.498
3 England England 75.962
4 Italy Italy 73.332
5 France France 56.665 3
6 Russia Russia 50.532
7 Portugal Portugal 49.332 2
8 Ukraine Ukraine 42.633
9 Belgium Belgium 42.400
10 Turkey Turkey 39.200
11 Czech Republic Czech Republic 33.175
12 Switzerland Switzerland 32.075
13 Netherlands Netherlands 31.063
14 Greece Greece 27.900
15 Austria Austria 25.350
16 Croatia Croatia 25.250 1
17 Romania Romania 24.350
18 Denmark Denmark 24.000
19 Belarus Belarus 19.875
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20 Poland Poland 19.750 1
21 Sweden Sweden 19.725
22 Israel Israel 19.375
23 Scotland Scotland 18.925
24 Cyprus Cyprus 18.550
25 Norway Norway 18.325
26 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 17.750
27 Bulgaria Bulgaria 15.875
28 Serbia Serbia 15.375
29 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 15.250
30 Slovenia Slovenia 13.125
31 Slovakia Slovakia 11.750
32 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 11.000 0
33 Hungary Hungary 9.500 1
34 Moldova Moldova 9.500
35 Iceland Iceland 8.375
36 Finland Finland 7.650
37 Albania Albania 6.625
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 6.575 1
39 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.500
40 Georgia (country) Georgia 6.375
41 Latvia Latvia 6.125
42 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5.625
43 Estonia Estonia 5.250
44 Montenegro Montenegro 5.250
45 Armenia Armenia 5.125
46 Luxembourg Luxembourg 4.875
47 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 4.500
48 Lithuania Lithuania 4.125
49 Malta Malta 4.000
50 Wales Wales 3.875
51 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3.500
52 Gibraltar Gibraltar 2.500
53 Andorra Andorra 1.165
54 San Marino San Marino 0.333
55 Kosovo Kosovo 0.000

Distribution[]

In the default access list, the Champions League title holders qualify for the group stage.[8][5] 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:[9]

In addition, the Europa League title holders qualify for the group stage.[8] 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:[9]

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

Teams[]

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).[10]

Group stage
Spain Real MadridTH (3rd) Germany Borussia Dortmund (4th) Italy Roma (3rd) Portugal Porto (1st)
Spain Atlético MadridEL (2nd) England Manchester City (1st) Italy Internazionale (4th) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
Spain Barcelona (1st) England Manchester United (2nd) France Paris Saint-Germain (1st) Belgium Club Brugge (1st)
Spain Valencia (4th) England Tottenham Hotspur (3rd) France Monaco (2nd)[Note FRA] Turkey Galatasaray (1st)
Germany Bayern Munich (1st) England Liverpool (4th) France Lyon (3rd) Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (1st)
Germany Schalke 04 (2nd) Italy Juventus (1st) Russia Lokomotiv Moscow (1st)
Germany 1899 Hoffenheim (3rd) Italy Napoli (2nd) Russia CSKA Moscow (2nd)
Play-off round
Champions Path League Path
Switzerland Young Boys (1st) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (1st)
Third qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
Greece AEK Athens (1st) Austria Red Bull Salzburg (1st) Russia Spartak Moscow (3rd) Belgium Standard Liège (2nd)
Portugal Benfica (2nd) Turkey Fenerbahçe (2nd)
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (2nd) Czech Republic Slavia Prague (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st) Denmark Midtjylland (1st) Switzerland Basel (2nd) Greece PAOK (2nd)
Romania CFR Cluj (1st) Belarus BATE Borisov (1st) Netherlands Ajax (2nd) Austria Sturm Graz (2nd)
First qualifying round
Poland Legia Warsaw (1st) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (1st) Albania Kukësi (2nd)[Note ALB] Armenia Alashkert (1st)
Sweden Malmö FF (1st) Kazakhstan Astana (1st) Republic of Ireland Cork City (1st) Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (1st)
Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1st) Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar (1st) Northern Ireland Crusaders (1st)
Scotland Celtic (1st) Slovakia Spartak Trnava (1st) Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi (1st) Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė (1st)
Cyprus APOEL (1st) Hungary MOL Vidi (1st) Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala (1st) Malta Valletta (1st)
Norway Rosenborg (1st) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (1st) Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija (1st) Wales The New Saints (1st)
Azerbaijan Qarabağ (1st) Iceland Valur (1st) Estonia Flora Tallinn (1st) Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta (1st)
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st) Finland HJK (1st) Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić (1st)
Preliminary round
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps (1st) Andorra FC Santa Coloma (1st) San Marino La Fiorita (1st) Kosovo Drita (1st)
Notes
  1. ^ Albania (ALB): In March 2018, Skënderbeu Korçë was handed a 10-year ban from UEFA club competitions over match fixing.[11] Since they finished as champions of the 2017–18 Albanian Superliga, the runners-up of the league, Kukësi, entered the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League instead of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ France (FRA): Monaco are a club based in Monaco (which is not a UEFA member), but participate in the Champions League through one of the berths for France (any coefficient points they earn count towards France's total).

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).[12]

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
(Monaco)
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.[8]

Preliminary round[]

In the preliminary round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients,[13] and then drawn into one-legged semi-final and final ties. The draw for the preliminary round was held on 12 June 2018.[14] 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.[15] The losers of both semi-final and final rounds entered the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final round
FC Santa Coloma Andorra 0–2 (a.e.t.) Kosovo Drita
La Fiorita San Marino 0–2 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
Final round
Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar 1–4 (a.e.t.) Kosovo 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.

Qualifying rounds[]

In the qualifying and play-off rounds, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients,[13] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties.

First qualifying round[]

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 19 June 2018.[16] 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 Georgia (country) 2–4 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 2–1 0–3
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia 5–4 Wales The New Saints 5–0 0–4
Sūduva Marijampolė Lithuania 3–2 Cyprus APOEL 3–1 0–1
Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia 0–1 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–1 0–0
F91 Dudelange Luxembourg 2–3 Hungary Vidi 1–1 1–2
Drita Kosovo 0–5 Sweden Malmö FF 0–3 0–2
Víkingur Gøta Faroe Islands 2–5[A] Finland HJK 1–2 1–3
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 9–0 Northern Ireland Crusaders 7–0 2–0
Cork City Republic of Ireland 0–4 Poland Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–3
Valur Iceland 2–3 Norway Rosenborg 1–0 1–3
Kukësi Albania 1–1 (a) Malta Valletta 0–0 1–1
Flora Tallinn Estonia 2–7 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–4 1–3
Spartaks Jūrmala Latvia 0–2 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 0–0 0–2
Alashkert Armenia 0–6 Scotland Celtic 0–3 0–3
Spartak Trnava Slovakia 2–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 1–0 1–1
Astana Kazakhstan 3–0 Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 1–0 2–0
Notes
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

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 draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2018.[16] 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
Champions Path
Astana Kazakhstan 1 Denmark Midtjylland 24 Jul 1 Aug
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 2 Hungary Vidi 25 Jul 1 Aug
Kukësi Albania 3 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 25 Jul 1 Aug
CFR Cluj Romania 4 Sweden Malmö FF 24 Jul 1 Aug
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 5 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 24 Jul 31 Jul
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 6 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė 24 Jul 1 Aug
BATE Borisov Belarus 7 Finland HJK 25 Jul 1 Aug
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia 8 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 24 Jul 31 Jul
Legia Warsaw Poland 9 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 24 Jul 31 Jul
Celtic Scotland 10 Norway Rosenborg 25 Jul 1 Aug
League Path
PAOK Greece 1 Switzerland Basel 24 Jul 1 Aug
Ajax Netherlands 2 Austria Sturm Graz 25 Jul 1 Aug

Third qualifying round[]

Note: All qualified teams below are listed with their 2018 UEFA club coefficients (CC).[13] 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.[17] 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:

Champions Path

Two teams which enter in this round, and the 10 Champions Path winners of the second qualifying round.

Seeded
Unseeded

League Path

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

Seeded
Unseeded

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 draw for the play-off round will be held on 6 August 2018.[18] 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:

Champions Path

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

Seeded
TBD
  • Switzerland Young Boys CC: 20.500
  • Winners of remaining 5 matches CC: TBD

League Path

The four League Path winners of the third qualifying round.

Seeded
  • Winners of match involving Portugal Benfica CC: 80.000




TBD
  • Winners of match involving Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv CC: 62.000
  • Winners of match involving Switzerland Basel or second round opponent CC: TBD
Unseeded
  • Winners of match involving Netherlands Ajax or second round opponent CC: TBD

Group stage[]

The draw for the group stage will be held on 30 August 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[19] 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):[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 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).

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:

Round of 16[]

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 17 December 2018.[20] 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.

Quarter-finals[]

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 15 March 2019.[21] The first legs will be played on 9 and 10 April, and the second legs will be played on 16 and 17 April 2019.

Semi-finals[]

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 19 April 2019.[22] 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.

Final[]

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.[22]

See also[]

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