2018–19 UEFA Champions League
The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League will be 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.
26 June – 29 August 2018
18 September 2018 – 1 June 2019
|Teams||Competition proper: 32|
Total: 79 (from 54 associations)
|Goals scored||94 (2.94 per match)|
|Attendance||1,436,519 (44,891 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Lionel Messi (5 goals)|
The final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain. The winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League against the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup.
- ^ Albania (ALB): In March 2018, Skënderbeu Korçë was handed a 10-year ban from UEFA club competitions over match fixing. Since they finished as champions of the 2017–18 Albanian Superliga, Kukësi, the runners-up of the league, will enter the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League instead of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.
- ^ France (FRA): Monaco is a club based in Monaco (which is not a UEFA member), but participates in the Champions League through one of the berths for France (any coefficient points they earn count towards France's total).
Round and draw datesEdit
|Stage||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 – 18:55 CET and 21:00 CET.
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): 
- Pot 1 contains the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2017 UEFA country coefficients. If either or both title holders are 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 2018 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 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.
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).
- Atlético Madrid CC: 140.000 (Pot 1)
- Bayern Munich CC: 135.000 (Pot 1)
- Barcelona CC: 132.000 (Pot 1)
- Juventus CC: 126.000 (Pot 1)
- Paris Saint-Germain CC: 109.000 (Pot 1)
- Manchester City CC: 100.000 (Pot 1)
- Lokomotiv Moscow CC: 22.500 (Pot 1)
- Real Madrid CC: TBD (160.000) (Pot 1 if Champions League title holders otherwise Pot 2)
- Borussia Dortmund CC: 89.000 (Pot 2)
- Porto CC: 86.000 (Pot 2)
- Manchester United CC: 82.000 (Pot 2)
- Shakhtar Donetsk CC: 81.000 (Pot 2)
- Napoli CC: 78.000 (Pot 2)
- Tottenham Hotspur CC: 67.000
- Roma CC: 64.000
- Liverpool CC: TBD (62.000) (Pot 1 if Champions League title holders)
- Schalke 04 CC: 62.000 (Pot 3)
- Lyon CC: 59.500 (Pot 3)
- Monaco CC: 57.000 (Pot 3)
- CSKA Moscow CC: 45.000 (Pot 3)
- Valencia CC: 36.000
- Viktoria Plzeň CC: 33.000
- Club Brugge CC: 29.500
- Galatasaray CC: 29.500
- Internazionale CC: 16.000 (Pot 4)
- 1899 Hoffenheim CC: 14.285 (Pot 4)
|1||Borussia Dortmund||6||4||1||1||10||2||+8||13[a]||Advance to knockout phase||—||4–0||0–0||3–0|
|3||Club Brugge||6||1||3||2||6||5||+1||6||Transfer to Europa League||0–1||0–0||—||1–1|
- Head-to-head goal difference: Borussia Dortmund +2, Atlético Madrid –2.
|1||Barcelona||6||4||2||0||14||5||+9||14||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–1||2–0||4–0|
|3||Inter Milan||6||2||2||2||6||7||−1||8[a]||Transfer to Europa League||1–1||2–1||—||1–1|
- Head-to-head away goals: Tottenham Hotspur 1, Inter Milan 0.
|1||Paris Saint-Germain||6||3||2||1||17||9||+8||11||Advance to knockout phase||—||2–1||2–2||6–1|
|3||Napoli||6||2||3||1||7||5||+2||9[a]||Transfer to Europa League||1–1||1–0||—||3–1|
|4||Red Star Belgrade||6||1||1||4||5||17||−12||4||1–4||2–0||0–0||—|
- Goals in all group matches: Liverpool 9, Napoli 7.
|1||Porto||6||5||1||0||15||6||+9||16||Advance to knockout phase||—||3–1||1–0||4–1|
|3||Galatasaray||6||1||1||4||5||8||−3||4||Transfer to Europa League||2–3||0–0||—||3–0|
|1||Bayern Munich||6||4||2||0||15||5||+10||14||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–1||5–1||2–0|
|3||Benfica||6||2||1||3||6||11||−5||7||Transfer to Europa League||0–2||1–1||—||1–0|
|1||Manchester City||6||4||1||1||16||6||+10||13||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–2||6–0||2–1|
|3||Shakhtar Donetsk||6||1||3||2||8||16||−8||6||Transfer to Europa League||0–3||1–1||—||2–2|
|1||Real Madrid||6||4||0||2||12||5||+7||12||Advance to knockout phase||—||3–0||2–1||0–3|
|3||Viktoria Plzeň||6||2||1||3||7||16||−9||7[a]||Transfer to Europa League||0–5||2–1||—||2–2|
- Head-to-head points: Viktoria Plzeň 4, CSKA Moscow 1.
|1||Juventus||6||4||0||2||9||4||+5||12||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–2||1–0||3–0|
|3||Valencia||6||2||2||2||6||6||0||8||Transfer to Europa League||0–2||2–1||—||3–1|
In the knockout stage, 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.
Round of 16Edit
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.
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- "2018/19 UEFA Champions League regulations" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- UEFA Champions League (official website)