The UEFA Youth League comprises a group stage and four knockout rounds played as one-off games.
Access to the competition is reserved for the youth teams of the 32 participating clubs in the UEFA Champions League. The sides compete in a group stage with the same section composition and similar calendar as the UEFA Champions League. The top two from each pool progress to the round of 16.
Knockout rounds and final
The knockout phase consists of single-leg ties, meaning a maximum of ten matches for any team, with the semi-finals and final contested in Nyon. There is no third-place play-off.
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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