18 June 2020, by Carl Lewis

UCL 2019/2020: Everything You Need To Know

UEFA announced some big news regarding the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League (UCL). The UCL quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played as a straight knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal in Lisbon between 12 and 23 August 2020. The last matchday was on 11 March.All these ties will be single-leg fixtures. The games will be split between Benfica’s Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (will host the final) and Sporting CP’s Estádio José Alvalade.

A decision is pending on whether the remaining Round of 16 second legs will take place at the home team’s stadium or in Portugal. The pre-mentioned venues will host the four outstanding second legs if required.

State of Play

Half of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League round of 16 ties have already concluded, with Paris, Atlético, Leipzig and Atalanta through to the quarter-finals. 

The following round of 16 second legs are yet to be played:

Juventus v Lyon (0-1)

Manchester City v Real Madrid (2-1)

Bayern v Chelsea (3-0)

Barcelona v Napoli (1-1)

2019/20 UCL schedule

7-8 August: Round of 16 second legs (venues to be confirmed)

The quarter-final and semi-final draws will take place in Nyon on 10 July; the exact match schedule will then follow.

12-15 August: Quarter-finals (Lisbon)

18-19 August: Semi-finals (Lisbon)

23 August: Final (Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon)

Future UCL Finals

The 2019/20 final was due to be held at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul which will now instead stage the 2020/21 showpiece.

2020: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal

2021: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey

2022: Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2023: Football Arena Munich, Munich, Germany

2024: Wembley Stadium, London, England

Player Registration

Teams will be allowed to register three new players on their List A for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, provided such players were already registered and eligible for the club since the last registration deadline (3 February 2020 for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League). List A will still only be able to contain a maximum of 25 players. It will not be possible for clubs to register newly-transferred players.

Five substitutions will be allowed in all the remaining matches in season 2019/20, per the temporary change to the Laws of the Game, whereas the number of substitutions for season 2020/21 will remain at three.

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