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Can January signings play in Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League knockouts?

The rules on whether winter signings are eligible to play in the knockout stages.

Luis Díaz is free to play for Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage
Luis Díaz is free to play for Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage Getty Images

What are the rules?

The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League knockout hopefuls are allowed to register a maximum of three new eligible players during the winter. Since 2018/19, it no longer matters whether those players have already played in the competition for another club, even for another club still in the competition. 

When will squad changes be confirmed?

Clubs had to communicate their desired squad changes by 24:00 CET on Wednesday 2 February at the latest. Once all teams' changes are approved by UEFA in each competition, the full list of ins and outs will be published on UEFA.com.

What exactly do the regulations say?

Brian Brobbey is free to play for Ajax in the Champions League knockouts despite appearing for Leipzig in the group stage
Brian Brobbey is free to play for Ajax in the Champions League knockouts despite appearing for Leipzig in the group stageANP Sport via Getty Images

Here are the relevant extracts from the official UEFA Champions League regulations:

  • 46.01: As of the round of 16, a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition. Such registration must be completed by 2 February 2022 (24.00CET) at the latest. This deadline cannot be extended.
  • 46.02: Any or all of the players from the above quota of three may have been fielded for another club in the qualifying phase, play-offs or group stage of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League.

For further details about player registration at this stage of the season, check out Article 46 of the regulations in full.

Here are the relevant extracts from the official UEFA Europa League regulations:

  • 46.01: As of the knockout round play-offs, a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition. Such registration must be completed by 2 February 2022 (24.00CET) at the latest. This deadline cannot be extended.
  • 46.02: Any or all of the players from the above quota of three may have been fielded for another club in the qualifying phase, play-offs or group stage of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League.

For further details about player registration at this stage of the season, check out Article 46 of the regulations in full.

Robin Gosens has joined Inter from Atalanta
Robin Gosens has joined Inter from AtalantaInter via Getty Images

Here are the relevant extracts from the official UEFA Europa Conference League regulations:

  • 46.01: As of the knockout round play-offs, a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition. Such registration must be completed by 2 February 2022 (24.00CET) at the latest. This deadline cannot be extended.
  • 46.02: Any or all of the players from the above quota of three may have been fielded for another club in the qualifying phase, play-offs or group stage of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League.

For further details about player registration at this stage of the season, check out Article 46 of the regulations in full.

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