Uefa have confirmed the format and all of the key dates for this coming season’s Uefa Youth League, which will feature both Manchester City and Manchester United.
The Youth League, an elite competition contested by the best under-19 teams in Europe since 2013, will see 64 clubs vying for glory in this year’s edition, which will run from September until April.
The competition will be split into two paths: the Uefa Champions League path and the domestic champions path. The former will be comprised of those clubs, including City and United, which have a team competing in the senior competition, while the latter features the 32 domestic youth champions from the highest-ranked associations whose senior side are not in the group stage of the Champions League.
The domestic champions path consists of two rounds of double-legged knockout ties, the eventual winners of which progress to the play-offs.
There they will enjoy home advantage against the eight Champions League path group runners-up in one-off ties.
The play-off winners will then join the eight Champions League path group winners in the last-16. As ever, the semi-finals and final will take place at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland.
City and United will discover their group opponents in the Champions League path when the draw takes place on 26 August.
UEFA Youth League: Key dates 2021/2022
Champions League path (group stage):
Matchday 1 – September 14/15
Matchday 2 – September 28/29
Matchday 3 – October 19/20
Matchday 4 – November 2/3
Matchday 5 – November 23/24
Matchday 6 – December 7/8
The draw will be made in Istanbul on Thursday, August 26.
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Domestic champions path:
Round 1 first leg – September 29
Round 1 second leg – October 20
Round 2 first leg – November 3
Round 2 second leg – November 24
The draw will be made in Nyon on Tuesday, 31 August.
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Play-offs – February 8/9
Round of 16 – March 1/2
Quarter-finals – March 15/16
Semi-finals – April 22
Final – Monday, April 25
The draw for the round of 16 draw will be made in Nyon on Monday, 14 February.
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