Article 16 Match system – group stage - Champions League

Regulations of the UEFA Champions League

Competition Regulations
24 September 2020

Once the play-offs have been completed, the 32 remaining clubs are drawn into eight groups of four in accordance with Paragraph 13.06. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn into the same group.


Each club plays one home and one away match against each other club in its group. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a defeat. The following match sequence applies:

Matchday 1:

2 v 3
4 v 1

Matchday 4:

1 v 3
4 v 2

Matchday 2:

1 v 2
3 v 4

Matchday 5:

3 v 2
1 v 4

Matchday 3:

3 v 1
2 v 4

Matchday 6:

2 v 1
4 v 3


The eight group winners and eight runners-up of the group stage qualify for the round of 16. The clubs that finish this stage in third position in their group move into the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League in progress. The clubs that finish this stage in fourth position in their group are eliminated.


The four best third-placed teams are seeded for the UEFA Europa League round of 32. They are determined in accordance with the following criteria (in descending order):

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches;

  2. superior goal difference;

  3. higher number of goals scored;

  4. higher number of away goals scored;

  5. higher number of wins;

  6. higher number of away wins;

  7. lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received in all group matches (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);

  8. higher club coefficient (see Annex D).