Group stage

Play-offs

Third qualifying round

Second qualifying round

First qualifying round

Calendar

Qualifying

  • First qualifying round
    1-2 July 2014
  • First qualifying round
    8-9 July 2014
  • Second qualifying round
    15-16 July 2014
  • Second qualifying round
    22-23 July 2014
  • Third qualifying round
    29-30 July 2014
  • Third qualifying round
    5-6 August 2014

Play-offs

  • Play-offs
    19-20 August 2014
  • Play-offs
    26-27 August 2014

Group stage

  • Matchday 1
    16-17 September 2014
  • Matchday 2
    30 Sep-1 Oct 2014
  • Matchday 3
    21-22 October 2014
  • Matchday 4
    4-5 November 2014
  • Matchday 5
    25-26 November 2014
  • Matchday 6
    9-10 December 2014

Knockout phase

  • Round of 16
    17-25 February 2015
  • Round of 16
    10-18 March 2015
  • Quarter-finals
    14-15 April 2015
  • Quarter-finals
    21-22 April 2015
  • Semi-finals
    5-6 May 2015
  • Semi-finals
    12-13 May 2015

Final

  • Final
    6 June 2015

Road to the final

The UEFA Champions League comprises three qualifying rounds, a play-off round, a group stage and four knockout rounds.

Qualifying
In matches in the three qualifying rounds and the play-off stage, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis. The club which scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round, with away goals and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw.

Group stage
The ten winners in the play-off round ties – five from the best-placed path and five from the champions path – join 22 automatic entrants in the 32-team group stage. The clubs are split into eight groups of four teams, who play home and away against each of their pool opponents between September and December to decide which two teams from each section advance to the first knockout round. The third-place finishers in each group enter the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Knockout phase
From the last 16 until the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis with the same rules as the qualifying and play-off rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation, while from the quarter-finals on the draw is free.

Final
The final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at the Olympiastadion, Berlin on Saturday 6 June 2015.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.

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