Article 16 Match system – group stage - Champions League

Regulations of the UEFA Champions League

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Competition Regulations
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Clubs
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UCL
FullSeasonYears
2021/22
EnforcementDate
1 May 2021
16.01

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.

16.02

Each club plays one home and one away match against each other club in its group. A club does not play more than two home or two away matches in a row and each club plays one home match and one away match on the first and last two matchdays. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a defeat.

16.03

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