Graphic shows Champions League play-off draw and matchday dates.
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Champions League play-off draw

By Chris Dinsdale

August 5, 2019 - The draw for the play-offs for the 2019-20 Champions League sees 22 teams battle to secure one of just six remaining berths in the lucrative UEFA Champions League group stage. The play-off round matches take place Aug 20-21 and Aug 27-28.

The Champions League group stage begins on September 17, with 26 teams having already claimed their place in the draw via domestic performances in the 2018-19 season. The group stage draw is held on August 26.

The remaining six spots are split between two separate qualification paths:
The Champions Route features national league champions from across Europe, with four teams progressing to the group stage.
The League Route features the highest ranked non-champions, where two teams will make it through to the group stage.

Teams eliminated in the play-off round will secure a berth in the Europa League group stage, Europe’s second tier club competition.

PUBLISHED: 05/08/2019; STORY: Graphic News
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