The eight group winners of the UEFA Champions League path group stage and the eight winners of the play-offs contest the round of 16, for which the pairings are determined by means of a draw. This draw also determines which will be the home teams.
The round of 16 is played in single-leg knockout matches in accordance with. The UEFA administration ensures that clubs which have played in the same group cannot be drawn against each other.
The eight winners of the round of 16 qualify for the quarter-finals.