Article 18 Match system – round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals - Champions League

Regulations of the UEFA Champions League

Content Type
Competition Regulations
Category
Clubs
Subject
UCL
Edition
2021/22
Language
English (United Kingdom)
Enforcement Date
30 August 2021
18.01

The round of 16 pairings are determined by means of a draw in accordance with the following principles:

  1. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

  2. Group winners must be drawn against runners-up from a different group.

  3. The runners-up play the first leg at home.

18.02

The eight winners of the round of 16 contest the quarter-finals. The quarter-final pairings are determined by means of a draw.

18.03

The four winners of the quarter-finals contest the semi-finals. The semi-final pairings are determined by means of a draw.

18.04

The round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals are played under the knockout system, on a home-and-away basis (two legs).

18.05

The team that scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches qualifies for the next stage. Otherwise, Article 20 applies.