In the expanded UEFA Youth League, the Under-19 teams of the UEFA Champions League entrants will be joined by the youth domestic champions of 32 nations.
UEFA Champions League path
The 32 clubs entering via the UEFA Champions League will compete in groups with the indentical make-up and fixture list as for the senior competition. The eight group winners will progress straight to the round of 16 while the eight runners-up will go into the play-offs.
Domestic Champions path
The 32 teams will compete in two knockout rounds of home-and-away ties to produce eight survivors, who will progress to the play-offs.
The eight Domestic Champions path survivors will be drawn at home to the eight UEFA Champions League path runners-up in one-off ties to decide the eight remaining round of 16 berths.
Knockout phase and final
The knockout phase, starting with the round of 16 will consist of single-leg ties, meaning a maximum of ten matches for any team, with the semi-finals and final played in the form of a final tournament at the Colovray stadium, Nyon, Switzerland. There will be no third-place play-off game.
More information can be seen in the competition's official regulations.
Two teams from Spain and one apiece from Germany and Portugal will contest the UEFA Youth League semi-finals in Nyon, Switzerland.
Domestic rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF will play in opposite last-four ties to one another, raising the possibility of an all-Spanish showpiece when the inaugural competition reaches its climax over three days at the Colovray Stadium,
Like the single-leg knockout games before them, the semi-finals – which will also feature FC Schalke 04 and SL Benfica – and final will be decided by penalty kicks should a match be level after 90 minutes. The overall winners will receive the Lennart Johansson Trophy, UEFA's newest piece of silverware, which is named after the governing body's Swedish honorary president.
Semi-finals (11 April)
Real Madrid CF v SL Benfica (13.00CET)
FC Schalke 04 v FC Barcelona (16.30CET)
Final (14 April)
Winner of semi-final 1 v Winner of semi-final 2 (16.30CET)
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