Champions League and Europa League to finish in 'final eight' format

Wed, Jun 17 2020

The Champions League and Europa League are to be completed in a ‘final eight’ format in both Lisbon and Germany respectively.

The Champions League will be completed in 11 days during a final eight tournament in Lisbon, while the Europa League will be completed during the same time period.

All ties will be played over one-leg, and it is still unclear whether or not the games will be played in front of crowds or not.

In the Champions League, the remaining Round of 16 second-leg matches will be played on the 7/8 August, pending a decision on whether they will take place at the home team’s stadiums or in Portugal.

The Estádio do Dragão in Porto and the Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques in Guimarães will be added to Lisbon venues for the Round of 16, if necessary.

Quarter-finals will take place on 12/13/14/15 August, semi-finals on 18/19 August and the final at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on 23 August.

Istanbul, which was originally staging the 2020 final will now host the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final.

The venues for subsequent finals have all agreed to host these a year later than originally planned, with St-Petersburg in 2022, Munich in 2023 and London in 2024.

In the Europa League, the last eight, semi-finals and the final will be played as a final eight straight knock-out tournament in Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen between 10 and 21 August.

The Round of 16 matches will be played on 05/06 August, and a decision will be made in due course on whether the Round of 16 matches for which the first leg has already been played will be staged at the home team’s venue or in Germany.

The matches Inter Milan v Getafe and Sevilla v Roma, whose first leg was also postponed, will be played as a single leg at a venue to be confirmed.

All other matches in the competition will be played as a final eight tournament, with quarter-finals on 10/11 August, semi-finals on 16/17 August and the final in Cologne on 21 August.

UEFA also confirmed today that the 2021 UEFA Super Cup Final will take place at Windsor Park, Belfast.