2024–25 UEFA Champions League

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2024–25 UEFA Champions League
The Allianz Arena in Munich will host the final.
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
9 July – 28 August 2024
Competition proper:
17 September 2024 – 31 May 2025
TeamsCompetition proper: 36
Total: 81 (from 53 associations)

The 2024–25 UEFA Champions League is the 70th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 33rd season since it was rebranded from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League. This will be the first season under a new format, where in the league phase each team plays eight games against different opponents, but all 36 teams are ranked in a joint group.

The final will be played on 31 May 2025 at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. The winners of the 2024–25 UEFA Champions League will automatically qualify for the 2025–26 UEFA Champions League league phase, the 2025 FIFA Intercontinental Cup, the 2029 FIFA Club World Cup, and earn the right to play against the winners of the 2024–25 UEFA Europa League in the 2025 UEFA Super Cup.

Real Madrid are the defending champions, having won their record-extending 15th title last season.

Association team allocation

A total of 81 teams from 53 of the 55 UEFA member associations are set to participate in the 2024–25 UEFA Champions League (the exceptions being Liechtenstein which does not organise a domestic league and Russia which is currently suspended). The association ranking based on the UEFA association coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:

Association ranking

For the 2024–25 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2023 UEFA association coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2018–19 to 2022–23. The table reflects Russia's ongoing suspension from UEFA.

Apart from the allocation based on the association coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

Association ranking for 2024–25 UEFA Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1  England 109.570 4
2  Spain 92.998
3  Germany 82.481 +1 (EPS)
4  Italy 81.926 +1 (EPS)
5  France 61.164
6  Netherlands 59.900 3
7  Portugal 56.216 2
8  Belgium 42.200
9  Scotland 36.400
10  Austria 34.000
11  Serbia 32.375
12  Turkey 32.100
13  Switzerland 31.675
14  Ukraine 29.500
15  Czech Republic 29.050
16  Norway 29.000 1
17  Denmark 27.825
18  Russia 26.215 0
19  Croatia 25.400 1
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20  Greece 25.225 1
21  Israel 25.000
22  Cyprus 24.475
23  Sweden 23.750
24  Poland 20.750
25  Hungary 20.625
26  Romania 20.500
27  Bulgaria 20.000
28  Slovakia 19.750
29  Azerbaijan 16.625
30  Kazakhstan 12.625
31  Slovenia 12.500
32  Moldova 12.250
33  Kosovo 11.041
34  Liechtenstein 11.000 0
35  Latvia 10.625 1
36  Republic of Ireland 10.375
37  Finland 10.200
38  Lithuania 10.000
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
39  Armenia 9.875 1
40  Belarus 9.875
41  Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.750
42  Luxembourg 9.000
43  Faroe Islands 8.750
44  Northern Ireland 8.583
45  Malta 8.250
46  Georgia 8.000
47  Estonia 7.582
48  Iceland 7.250
49  Albania 6.250
50  Wales 6.166
51  Gibraltar 5.791
52  North Macedonia 5.500
53  Andorra 5.165
54  Montenegro 4.750
55  San Marino 1.999

Distribution

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from the previous round
First qualifying round
(28 teams)
  • 28 champions from associations 26–28 and 30–55 (except Liechtenstein)
Second qualifying round
(28 teams)
Champions path
(24 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 15–18 (except Russia) and 20–24
  • 2 champions from associations 25 and 29 as the teams with highest club coefficients, originally from the first qualifying round
  • 14 winners from the first qualifying round
League path
(4 teams)
  • 4 runners-up from associations 11–14
Third qualifying round
(20 teams)
Champions path
(12 teams)
  • 12 winners from the second qualifying round (champions path)
League path
(8 teams)
  • 2 runners-up from associations 8–9
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
  • 1 fourth-placed team from association 5
  • 2 runners-up from associations 10 and 15 as the teams with highest club coefficients, originally from the second qualifying round league path
  • 2 winners from the second qualifying round (league path)
Play-off round
(14 teams)
Champions path
(10 teams)
  • 3 champions from associations 11–13
  • 1 champion from association 19 as the team with highest club coefficient, originally from the second qualifying round champions path
  • 6 winners from the third qualifying round (champions path)
League path
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the third qualifying round (league path)
League phase
(36 teams)
  • 10 champions from associations 1–10
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 5 third-placed teams from associations 1–5
  • 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 1 champion from association 14 as the team with the highest club coefficient, originally from the play-off round of the champions path
  • 1 runner-up from association 7 as the team with the highest club coefficient, originally from the third qualifying round of the league path
  • 2 associations (Italy and Germany) with the highest coefficients from the previous season each received an extra berth
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (champions path)
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (league path)
Preliminary knockout round
(16 teams)
  • 16 teams ranked 9-24 from the League phase
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 teams ranked 1-8 from the League phase
  • 8 winners from the Preliminary knockout round

The information here reflects the ongoing suspension of Russia in European football, and so the following changes to the default access list have been made:

As the Champions League title holders (Real Madrid) qualified via their domestic league's standard berth allocation, the following changes to the default access list have been made:

As the Europa League title holders (Atalanta) qualified via their domestic league's standard berth allocation, the following changes to the default access list have been made:

Teams

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round are divided into Champions Path (CH) and League Path (LP).

Qualified teams for 2024–25 UEFA Champions League
Entry round Teams
League phase Spain Real Madrid (1st)TH Italy Atalanta (4th)EL England Manchester City (1st) England Arsenal (2nd)
England Liverpool (3rd) England Aston Villa (4th) Spain Barcelona (2nd) Spain Girona (3rd)
Spain Atlético Madrid (4th) Germany Bayer Leverkusen (1st) Germany VfB Stuttgart (2nd) Germany Bayern Munich (3rd)
Germany RB Leipzig (4th) Germany Borussia Dortmund (5th)EPS Italy Inter Milan (1st) Italy AC Milan (2nd)
Italy Juventus (3rd) Italy Bologna (5th)EPS France Paris Saint-Germain (1st) France Monaco (2nd)
France Brest (3rd) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (1st) Netherlands Feyenoord (2nd) Portugal Sporting CP (1st)
Portugal Benfica (2nd) Belgium Club Brugge (1st) Scotland Celtic (1st) Austria Sturm Graz (1st)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
Play-off round CH Serbia Red Star Belgrade (1st) Turkey Galatasaray (1st) Switzerland Young Boys (1st) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st)
Third qualifying round LP France Lille (4th) Netherlands Twente (3rd) Belgium Union SG (2nd) Scotland Rangers (2nd)
Austria Red Bull Salzburg (2nd) Czech Republic Slavia Prague (2nd)
Second qualifying round CH Czech Republic Sparta Prague (1st) Norway Bodø/Glimt (1st) Denmark Midtjylland (1st) Greece PAOK (1st)
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st) Cyprus APOEL (1st) Sweden Malmö FF (1st) Poland Jagiellonia Białystok (1st)
Hungary Ferencváros (1st) Azerbaijan Qarabağ (1st)
LP Serbia Partizan (2nd) Turkey Fenerbahçe (2nd) Switzerland Lugano (2nd) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (2nd)
First qualifying round CH Romania FCSB (1st) Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (1st) Kazakhstan Ordabasy (1st)
Slovenia Celje (1st) Moldova Petrocub Hîncești (1st) Kosovo Ballkani (1st) Latvia RFS (1st)
Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (1st) Finland HJK (1st) Lithuania Panevėžys (1st) Armenia Pyunik (1st)
Belarus Dinamo Minsk (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka (1st) Luxembourg Differdange 03 (1st) Faroe Islands (1st)
Northern Ireland Larne (1st) Malta Ħamrun Spartans (1st) Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi (1st) Estonia Flora (1st)
Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík (1st) Albania Egnatia (1st) Wales The New Saints (1st) Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps (1st)
North Macedonia Struga (1st) Andorra UE Santa Coloma (1st) Montenegro Dečić (1st) San Marino Virtus (1st)
  1. ^ Liechtenstein (LIE): The seven teams affiliated with the Liechtenstein Football Association (LFV) all play in the Swiss football league system. The only competition organised by the LFV is the Liechtenstein Football Cup – the winners of which qualify for the UEFA Conference League for the 2024–25 season.
  2. ^ Russia (RUS): On 28 February 2022, Russian football clubs and national teams were suspended from FIFA and UEFA competitions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The tables reflect Russia's ongoing suspension from UEFA competitions.

Schedule

The schedule of the competition is as follows. Compared to past seasons, one "exclusive week" will be introduced in which Thursday will also be a matchday. All matches in other weeks will be played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays apart from the final.

Schedule for 2024–25 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 18 June 2024 9–10 July 2024 16–17 July 2024
Second qualifying round 19 June 2024 23–24 July 2024 30–31 July 2024
Third qualifying round 22 July 2024 6–7 August 2024 13 August 2024
Play-offs Play-off round 5 August 2024 20–21 August 2024 27–28 August 2024
League phase Matchday 1 29 August 2024 17–19 September 2024
Matchday 2 1–2 October 2024
Matchday 3 22–23 October 2024
Matchday 4 5–6 November 2024
Matchday 5 26–27 November 2024
Matchday 6 10–11 December 2024
Matchday 7 21–22 January 2025
Matchday 8 29 January 2025
Knockout phase Knockout round play-offs 31 January 2025 11–12 February 2025 18–19 February 2025
Round of 16 21 February 2025 4–5 March 2025 11–12 March 2025
Quarter-finals 8–9 April 2025 15–16 April 2025
Semi-finals 29–30 April 2025 6–7 May 2025
Final 31 May 2025 at Allianz Arena, Munich

Qualifying rounds

First qualifying round

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 18 June 2024. The first legs were played on 9 and 10 July, and the second legs were played on 16 and 17 July 2024.

The winners of the ties advanced to the Champions Path second qualifying round. 12 of the 14 losers would be transferred to the Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round and 2 would be transferred to the Conference League Champions Path qualifying and received a bye to the third qualifying round.

First qualifying round
Team 1Agg.Tooltip Aggregate scoreTeam 21st leg2nd leg
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia6–3North Macedonia Struga4–22–1
The New Saints Wales4–1Montenegro Dečić3–01–1
Borac Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina2–2 (4–1 p)Albania Egnatia1–01–2 (a.e.t.)
Ħamrun Spartans Malta1–1 (4–5 p)Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps0–11–0 (a.e.t.)
UE Santa Coloma Andorra3–3 (6–5 p)Kosovo Ballkani1–22–1 (a.e.t.)
Flora Estonia1–7Slovenia Celje0–51–2
Faroe Islands2–0Luxembourg Differdange 032–00–0
Panevėžys Lithuania4–1Finland HJK3–01–1
RFS Latvia7–0Northern Ireland Larne3–04–0
Víkingur Reykjavík Iceland1–2Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers0–01–2
Virtus San Marino1–11Romania FCSB1–70–4
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria3–2Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi3–10–1
Ordabasy Kazakhstan0–1Moldova Petrocub Hîncești0–00–1
Dinamo Minsk Belarus1–0Armenia Pyunik0–01–0
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying round

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2024. The first legs will be played on 23 and 24 July, and the second legs will be played on 30 and 31 July 2024.

The winners of the ties will advance to the third qualifying round of their respective path. The Champions Path losers will be transferred to the Europa League Champions Path third qualifying round, while the League Path losers will be transferred to the Europa League Main Path third qualifying round.

Second qualifying round
Team 1Agg.Tooltip Aggregate scoreTeam 21st leg2nd leg
Champions Path
Ludogorets Razgrad BulgariaMatch 1Belarus Dinamo Minsk2–031 July
APOEL CyprusMatch 2Moldova Petrocub Hîncești1–030 July
Ferencváros HungaryMatch 3Wales The New Saints5–030 July
PAOK GreeceMatch 4Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka3–231 July
Bodø/Glimt NorwayMatch 5Latvia RFS4–031 July
Malmö FF SwedenMatch 6Faroe Islands 4–130 July
Shamrock Rovers Republic of IrelandMatch 7Czech Republic Sparta Prague0–230 July
UE Santa Coloma AndorraMatch 8Denmark Midtjylland0–331 July
Celje SloveniaMatch 9Slovakia Slovan Bratislava1–130 July
Panevėžys LithuaniaMatch 10Poland Jagiellonia Białystok0–431 July
Lincoln Red Imps GibraltarMatch 11Azerbaijan Qarabağ0–230 July
FCSB RomaniaMatch 12Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv1–131 July
League Path
Lugano SwitzerlandMatch 1Turkey Fenerbahçe3–430 July
Dynamo Kyiv UkraineMatch 2Serbia Partizan6–231 July

Third qualifying round

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 22 July 2024. The first legs will be played on 6 and 7 August, and the second legs will be played on 13 August 2024.

The winners of the ties will advance to the play-off round of their respective paths. The Champions Path losers will be transferred to the Europa League play-off round, while the League Path losers will be transferred to the Europa League league phase.

Third qualifying round
Team 1Agg.Tooltip Aggregate scoreTeam 21st leg2nd leg
Champions Path
Winner of match 11Match 1Winner of match 16 or 7 August13 August
Winner of match 9Match 2Winner of match 26 or 7 August13 August
Winner of match 7Match 3Winner of match 126 or 7 August13 August
Winner of match 6Match 4Winner of match 46 or 7 August13 August
Winner of match 8Match 5Winner of match 36 or 7 August13 August
Winner of match 10Match 6Winner of match 56 or 7 August13 August
League Path
Slavia Prague Czech RepublicMatch 1Belgium Union Saint-Gilloise6 or 7 August13 August
Lille FranceMatch 2Winner of match 16 or 7 August13 August
Winner of match 2Match 3Scotland Rangers6 or 7 August13 August
Red Bull Salzburg AustriaMatch 4Netherlands Twente6 or 7 August13 August

Play-off round

The draw for the play-off round will be held on 5 August 2024.

Seeding

A total of 14 teams will play in the play-off round – 10 in the Champions Path and 4 in the League Path. Seeding of the teams will be based on their 2024 UEFA club coefficients. Before the draw, UEFA may form groups of seeded and unseeded teams per the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee. The first team drawn in each tie will be the home team for the first leg.

Champions Path
Seeded Seeding to be determined
League Path
Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. † Winners of the third qualifying round, whose identity will not be known at the time of draw.

League phase

The draw for the league phase will be held on 29 August 2024.

Sixteen clubs will be national champions. All teams will make their debut appearances in the inaugural league phase, while Aston Villa, Bologna, Brest and Girona will make their debut appearances since the introduction of the group stage. Brest and Girona will also make their debut appearances in European football.

Qualified teams

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot TBD Pot 3 Pot 3 or 4 Pot 4

Knockout phase

The top eight sides in the league will qualify automatically for the knockout phase, while the teams finishing in 9th to 24th place will compete in a two-legged play-off to secure their path to the last 16, with teams ranked 9th–16th being seeded and hosting the second leg at home. The winners will join the top eight in that round. Meanwhile, teams that finish 25th or lower will be eliminated from all competitions, with no access to the 2024–25 UEFA Europa League.

Final

31 May 2025 (2025-05-31)21:00 CEST
TBD v TBD
Allianz Arena, Munich

See also

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