2016–17 UEFA Champions League

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2016–17 UEFA Champions League
Millennium Stadium Reflected.jpg
The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the final.
Tournament details
Dates 28 June – 24 August 2016 (qualifying)
13 September 2016 – 3 June 2017 (competition proper)
Teams 32 (group stage)
78 (total) (from 53 associations)

The 2016–17 UEFA Champions League will be the 62nd season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 25th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

The 2017 UEFA Champions League Final will be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.[1][2]

The winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League will qualify as the UEFA representative at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.

Real Madrid are the defending champions.

Association team allocation

A total of 78 teams from 53 of the 55 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein, which does not organise a domestic league; the participation of teams from Kosovo is to be confirmed). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[3]

  • Associations 1–3 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 4–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–54 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League and 2015–16 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league. Because a maximum of five teams from one association can enter the Champions League, if both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders are from the same top three ranked association and finish outside the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of their association would be moved to the Europa League.[4] For this season:

Association ranking

For the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2015 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2010–11 to 2014–15.[5][6]

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

  • (EL) – Additional berth for Europa League title holders
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain Spain 99.999 4 +1(EL)
2 England England 80.391
3 Germany Germany 79.415
4 Italy Italy 70.510 3
5 Portugal Portugal 61.382
6 France France 52.416
7 Russia Russia 50.498 2
8 Ukraine Ukraine 45.166
9 Netherlands Netherlands 40.979
10 Belgium Belgium 37.200
11 Switzerland Switzerland 34.375
12 Turkey Turkey 32.600
13 Greece Greece 31.900
14 Czech Republic Czech Republic 29.125
15 Romania Romania 26.299
16 Austria Austria 25.675 1
17 Croatia Croatia 23.500
18 Cyprus Cyprus 22.300
19 Poland Poland 21.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20 Israel Israel 21.000 1
21 Belarus Belarus 20.750
22 Denmark Denmark 19.800
23 Scotland Scotland 17.900
24 Sweden Sweden 17.725
25 Bulgaria Bulgaria 16.750
26 Norway Norway 14.375
27 Serbia Serbia 13.875
28 Slovenia Slovenia 13.625
29 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 12.500
30 Slovakia Slovakia 11.250
31 Hungary Hungary 11.000
32 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 10.375
33 Moldova Moldova 10.000
34 Georgia (country) Georgia 9.375
35 Finland Finland 8.200
36 Iceland Iceland 8.000
37 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 6.000 0
39 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5.875 1
40 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 5.750
41 Montenegro Montenegro 5.625
42 Albania Albania 5.375
43 Luxembourg Luxembourg 5.125
44 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 4.875
45 Lithuania Lithuania 4.500
46 Latvia Latvia 4.250
47 Malta Malta 4.208
48 Estonia Estonia 3.500
49 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3.500
50 Wales Wales 2.875
51 Armenia Armenia 2.750
52 Andorra Andorra 0.833
53 San Marino San Marino 0.499
54 Gibraltar Gibraltar 0.250
55 Kosovo Kosovo 0.000 TBC[Note KOS]
Notes
  1. ^ Kosovo (KOS): Kosovo became a UEFA member on 3 May 2016.[7] UEFA decided that their domestic champions could participate in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League only if they could meet licensing criteria under article 15 of the UEFA Club Licensing & Financial Fair Play regulations, which will be confirmed following the assessment made by the UEFA administration within the deadline of 31 May 2016.[8] If Kosovo's entry is allowed, the champions of the 2015–16 Football Superleague of Kosovo, Feronikeli, will enter the first qualifying round, and the champions of association 46 (Liepāja of Latvia) will be moved from the second qualifying round to the first qualifying round.[9]

Distribution

In the default access list, the Champions League title holders enter the group stage.[3][10] However, since Real Madrid already qualified for the group stage (as the runners-up of the 2015–16 La Liga), the Champions League title holders berth in the group stage is given to the Europa League title holders, Sevilla.[11][9][12]

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(8 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 47–54
Second qualifying round
(34 teams)
  • 30 champions from associations 16–46 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 4 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round Champions Route
(20 teams)
  • 3 champions from associations 13–15
  • 17 winners from the second qualifying round
League Route
(10 teams)
  • 9 runners-up from associations 7–15
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
Play-off round Champions Route
(10 teams)
  • 10 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Route)
League Route
(10 teams)
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 4–5
  • 3 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 5 winners from the third qualifying round (League Route)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • 12 champions from associations 1–12
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 3 third-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • Europa League title holders
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (Champions Route)
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (League Route)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

Teams

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).[13]

Group stage
Spain Real MadridTH (2nd) Germany Bayern Munich (1st) Portugal Sporting CP (2nd) Belgium Club Brugge (1st)
Spain Barcelona (1st) Germany Borussia Dortmund (2nd) France Paris Saint-Germain (1st) Switzerland Basel (1st)
Spain Atlético Madrid (3rd) Germany Bayer Leverkusen (3rd) France Lyon (2nd) Turkey Beşiktaş (1st)
England Leicester City (1st) Italy Juventus (1st) Russia CSKA Moscow (1st) Spain Sevilla (EL)
England Arsenal (2nd) Italy Napoli (2nd) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (1st)
England Tottenham Hotspur (3rd) Portugal Benfica (1st) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (1st)
Play-off round
Champions Route League Route
Spain Villarreal (4th) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach (4th) Portugal Porto (3rd)
England Manchester City (4th) Italy Roma (3rd)
Third qualifying round
Champions Route League Route
Greece Olympiacos (1st) France Monaco (3rd) Belgium Anderlecht (2nd) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (2nd)
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (1st) Russia Rostov (2nd) Switzerland Young Boys (2nd) Romania Steaua București (2nd)
Romania Astra Giurgiu (1st) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (2nd) Turkey Fenerbahçe (2nd)
Netherlands Ajax (2nd) Greece PAOK (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Austria Red Bull Salzburg (1st) Sweden IFK Norrköping (1st) Kazakhstan Astana (1st) Montenegro Mladost Podgorica (1st)
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st) Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (1st) Albania Skënderbeu Korçë (1st)
Cyprus APOEL (1st) Norway Rosenborg (1st) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (1st) Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (1st)
Poland Legia Warsaw (1st) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (1st) Finland SJK (1st) Northern Ireland Crusaders (1st)
Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1st) Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana (1st) Iceland FH (1st) Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius (1st)
Belarus BATE Borisov (1st) Azerbaijan Qarabağ (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar (1st) Latvia Liepāja (1st)
Denmark Copenhagen (1st) Slovakia Trenčín (1st) Republic of Macedonia Vardar (1st)
Scotland Celtic (1st) Hungary Ferencváros (1st) Republic of Ireland Dundalk (1st)
First qualifying round
Malta Valletta (1st) Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn (1st) Armenia Alashkert (1st) San Marino Tre Penne (1st)
Estonia Flora Tallinn (1st) Wales The New Saints (1st) Andorra FC Santa Coloma (1st) Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps (1st)

Round and draw dates

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[3][14][15]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 20 June 2016 28–29 June 2016 5–6 July 2016
Second qualifying round 12–13 July 2016 19–20 July 2016
Third qualifying round 15 July 2016 26–27 July 2016 2–3 August 2016
Play-off Play-off round 5 August 2016 16–17 August 2016 23–24 August 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 25 August 2016
(Monaco)
13–14 September 2016
Matchday 2 27–28 September 2016
Matchday 3 18–19 October 2016
Matchday 4 1–2 November 2016
Matchday 5 22–23 November 2016
Matchday 6 6–7 December 2016
Knockout phase Round of 16 12 December 2016 14–15 & 21–22 February 2017 7–8 & 14–15 March 2017
Quarter-finals 17 March 2017 11–12 April 2017 18–19 April 2017
Semi-finals 21 April 2017 2–3 May 2017 9–10 May 2017
Final 3 June 2017 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Qualifying rounds

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2016 UEFA club coefficients,[16][17][18] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

UEFA club coefficient of each team shown after "Coeff.".[16][17]

First qualifying round

A total of eight teams are expected to play in the first qualifying round.

Second qualifying round

A total of 34 teams are expected to play in the second qualifying round: 30 teams which enter in this round, and the four winners of the first qualifying round.

Third qualifying round

The third qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Route (for league champions) and League Route (for league non-champions). The losing teams in both sections enter the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League play-off round.

A total of 30 teams are expected to play in the third qualifying round:

Champions Route

Three teams which enter in this round, and the 17 winners of the second qualifying round.

League Route

Ten teams which enter in this round.

Play-off round

The play-off round is split into two separate sections: Champions Route (for league champions) and League Route (for league non-champions). The losing teams in both sections enter the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage.

A total of 20 teams play in the play-off round.

UEFA club coefficient of each team shown after "Coeff.".[16][17]

Champions Route

The ten Champions Route winners of the third qualifying round.

League Route

Five teams which enter in this round, and the five League Route winners of the third qualifying round.

Group stage

The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on the following principles (introduced starting 2015–16 season):[19][20]

  • Pot 1 contains the title holders and the champions of the top seven associations based on their 2015 UEFA country coefficients.[5][6] If the title holders are one of the champions of the top seven associations, the champions of the association ranked eighth are also seeded into Pot 1 (regulations Article 13.05).[3]
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contain the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2016 UEFA club coefficients.[16][17][18]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

The youth teams of the clubs that qualify for the group stage also play in the 2016–17 UEFA Youth League on the same matchdays, where they compete in the UEFA Champions League Path (the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations compete in a separate Domestic Champions Path until the knockout phase).

A total of 32 teams play in the group stage: 22 teams which enter in this stage, and the 10 winners of the play-off round (5 from Champions Route, 5 from League Route).

UEFA club coefficient of each team shown after "Coeff.".[16][17]

Knockout phase

In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners are seeded, and the eight group runners-up are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.

See also

References

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