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.
The 2016 UEFA Youth League finals will be played on 15 and 18 April at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon. Ticket details.
Despite the competition's new format, the final tournament remains, as for the first two seasons, a four-team knockout event in UEFA's Swiss home town. The semi-finals will be on 15 April with the decider three days later. Barcelona were first winners in 2014, succeeded by Chelsea last season.
Tickets for the semi-finals and final are available at the Colovray Sports Centre in Nyon, Switzerland. Tickets are CHF 5 for anyone aged 19 or under and CHF 10 for adults (subject to availability). The stadium has a capacity of 4,000 and a maximum of five tickets can be collected per person per match. Anyone wishing to enter the stadium, child or adult, requires a ticket whatever their age – no tickets will be available on matchdays.
Ticketing revenue will be donated in its entirety to the UEFA Foundation for Children's 'Let’s Live Our Dreams' project.
All three games will be played at the Colovray Sports Centre and broadcast on Eurosport.
Friday 15 April
• Semi-final at 13.00CET: Chelsea v Anderlecht
• Semi-final at 17.00CET: Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain
Monday 18 April
• Final at 17.00CET
If a match is tied after 90 minutes, it will go to penalties. The overall winners will receive the Lennart Johansson Trophy, named after the UEFA honorary president.
Ticket sales and collection point (cash only, in Swiss francs, for purchase tickets)
Colovray Sports Centre, Route de Genève 37, 1260 Nyon
• 7 to 14 April, 12.00 to 19.00 (not Sunday)
Club scouts must also purchase tickets in advance.
Ticketing queries can be sent to UYLF16.email@example.com
A limited number of tickets have been reserved for scouts and participating clubs will have priority in the allocation of scout tickets. A special portal is available for scouts to apply for tickets. The deadline for applications is 6 April and requests will be confirmed by 8 April. Tickets will be restricted to a maximum two per club and the tickets will be available to collect at the stadium on the matchday(s).
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