Planning a football trip to Europe next year? Details of the Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champion (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of each UEFA national association.
In its present format, the UEFA Champions League begins in mid-July with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 10 surviving teams enter the group stage, joining 22 other teams qualified in advance. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams and play each other in a double round-robin system. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match in May. The winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain
|Phase||Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|Qualifying||Preliminary round||12 June 2018||26 June 2018 (semi-final round)||29 June 2018 (final round)|
|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|
Champions League Draws
The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 17 December 2018.
The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 15 March 2019.
The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 19 April 2019.