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UEFA Youth League domestic champions path ties

The 32 entrants compete in two knockout rounds with the first starting on 28 September.

The first round ties
The first round ties UEFA

The UEFA Youth League domestic champions path kicks off on 28 September with 32 teams involved in two knockout rounds for eight play-off spots.

The 32 clubs that compete in the UEFA Champions League path are those that take part in this season's group stage of the senior competition. They are joined in the competition by the 32 domestic youth champions from the highest-ranked entering associations whose senior side had not qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage – these teams take part in the domestic champions path.

Žalgiris Vilnius face Maccabi Haifa and Rangers take on Hammerby to kick off the first round with their opening legs on Tuesday 28 September, with the other ties beginning over the next two days. The returns are on 19 and 20 October, with the draw for November's second round already made.

The eventual eight second-round winners in the domestic champions path progress to the play-offs where they face the runners-up in the eight UEFA Champions League path groups. The winners of those ties progress to the round of 16 alongside the UEFA Champions League path group winners.

• Žalgiris are the first UEFA Youth League entrants from Lithuania.

• Akademia e Futbollit, Angers, Csikszereda, Daugavpils, Deportivo La Coruña, Empoli, Hajduk Split, Köln, Pogoń Szczecin, Saint Patrick's Athletic, Trabzonspor and Zvijezda 09 are also making debuts.

Champions League path group games

First round (29 September & 20 October)

FIRST LEGS

Tuesday 28 September
Žalgiris Vilnius vs Maccabi Haifa 
Rangers vs Hammarby 

Wednesday 29 September
Daugavpils vs FC Minsk 
Gabala vs AZ Alkmaar 
Zvijezda 09 vs Trabzonspor
APOEL vs Kairat Almaty
Septemvri Sofia vs Akademia e Futibollit 
Csikszereda vs Angers 
Köln vs Genk 
PAOK vs Žilina  
Domžale vs Empoli 
Pogoń Szczecin vs Deportivo La Coruña
  

Thursday 30 September
Shkëndija vs Hajduk Split 
Rosenborg vs Midtjylland 

Felix, Fati, Jones: Stars of today scoring UEFA Youth League goals
Felix, Fati, Jones: Stars of today scoring UEFA Youth League goals

SECOND LEGS

Tuesday 19 October
Midtjylland vs Rosenborg 
AZ Alkmaar vs Gabala 
FC Minsk vs Daugavpils
 Hajduk Split vs Shkëndija 
Genk vs Köln 
Akademia e Futibollit vs Septemvri Sofia 

Wednesday 20 October
Trabzonspor vs Zvijezda 09 
Kairat Almaty vs APOEL 
Sparta Praha vs MTK Budapest 
Angers vs Csikszereda 
Žilina vs PAOK
Crvena zvezda vs Saint Patrick's Athletic 
Maccabi Haifa vs Žalgiris Vilnius 
Hammarby vs Rangers 
Empoli vs Domžale 
Deportivo La Coruña vs Pogoń Szczecin 

No more away goals rule

There has been a rule change for 2021/22: Ties level after the second leg will go to a penalty shoot-out if required, irrespective of the number of away goals a team has scored. As before, extra time is not played in any UEFA Youth League tie.

Second round draw (3 & 24 November)

Shkëndija/Hajduk Split vs Daugavpils/FC Minsk
MTK Budapest/Sparta Praha vs Köln/Genk
Pogoń Szczecin/Deportivo La Coruña vs Žalgiris Vilnius/Maccabi Haifa
PAOK/Žilina vs APOEL/Kairat Almaty
Saint Patrick's Athletic/Crvena zvezda vs Domžale/Empoli
Zvijezda 09/Trabzonspor vs Rosenborg/Midtjylland
Csikszereda/Angers vs Gabala/AZ Alkmaar
Rangers/Hammarby vs Septemvri Sofia/Akademia e Futibollit

Knockout dates

Play-off draw: 14 December, Nyon
Play-offs: 8/9 February
Knockout draw (round of 16 onwards): 14 February, Nyon
Round of 16: 1/2 March
Quarter-finals: 15/16 March
Semi-finals: 22 April, Nyon
Final: 25 April, Nyon