Article 15 Match system – qualifying phase and play-offs - Champions League

Regulations of the UEFA Champions League

Content Type
Competition Regulations
Category
Clubs
Subject
UCL
Edition
2024/25
Language
English
Enforcement Date
1 May 2024
15.01

The qualifying phase and play-offs follow the knockout system, whereby each team plays each opponent twice, in home and away matches. The team that scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches qualifies for the relevant round or stage (as applicable). In the event that the two teams score the same number of goals across the two matches, Article 21 applies.

15.02

The UEFA administration may decide that a tie be played in one leg, if circumstances so require, and will set the principles for determining the winner accordingly.

15.03

Clubs eliminated in the qualifying phase or play-offs are admitted to the ongoing UEFA Europa League or UEFA Conference League as shown in the table below, which also indicates where clubs subsequently eliminated from the UEFA Europa League enter the ongoing UEFA Conference League.

UEFA Champions League (UCL) elimination

UEFA Europa League (UEL) entry/UEL elimination

UEFA Conference League (UECL)
entry

Champions Path

Champions Path

Champions Path

1st qualifying round

2nd qualifying round

2nd qualifying round

3rd qualifying round

Play-offs

3rd qualifying round

Play-offs (champions & main path)

League phase

Play-offs

League phase

League Path

Main Path

Main Path

1st qualifying round

2nd qualifying round

2nd qualifying round

3rd qualifying round

2nd qualifying round

3rd qualifying round

Play-offs

3rd qualifying round

League phase

Play-offs

League phase