Champions League

(Redirected from Champions' League)
For the historical international club competition, see Champions League (pre-UICA).

The IFCF Champions League is the world championship for club football organized by the International Federation of Club Football. The champion of each participating national association, plus additional teams from the highest-ranked associations in the IFCF ranking, may enter the competition each season.

IFCF Champions League
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RegionWorldwide
Number of teams108 (entries in IFCL 2)
Current championsKitara AA logo.png Kitara AA (BNJ) (1st title)
Most championshipsDirectus logo.png Directus (EUR) (2 titles)

It is the successor competition to the UICA Champions’ Cup, adopting its competition rules and coefficient ranking system. The first edition of the IFCF Champions' League was held in what would have been UICA's 75th edition. Due to uncertainty over the fate of UICA and delays in organizing the 74th Champions' Cup, ad-hoc international tournaments like the Dwile Invitational took the place of the 74th UICA season.

FormatEdit

The tournament consists of a knockout qualifying phase leading to a 32-team group stage, followed by a 16-team knockout phase. Teams eliminated prior to the group stage, and the third-placed teams from the group stage, enter the Challengers Cup. Knockout ties are played in two matches with each team at home for one match, with the result determined by the aggregate score. Ties in aggregate are broken by which team scored more goals as the away team, by extra time, and finally by penalty shootout if there is still no winner. The exception is the final, which is played as a single match at a neutral venue chosen prior to the start of the tournament.

Qualifying phaseEdit

The qualifying phase consists of preliminary rounds depending on the number of entrants (typically, three), the qualifying round, and the playoff round. Teams are granted byes according to coefficient ranking among the entered teams, hence higher-ranked teams will generally have to play fewer rounds. Teams which enter as their association's champion play in a separate "champions path" from teams that qualified through league position. Losing teams in the qualifying phase enter the subsequent round of the Challengers Cup.

Group stage and knockout phaseEdit

The 32 teams entering the group stage are draw into groups of four. The defending champions of the Champions League and Challengers Cup, the league champions of the four top-ranked associations, and the runners-up of the three top-ranked associations, qualify automatically for the group stage. They are joined by the winners of the play-off round. The group stage is a round-robin where each team plays the other teams in their group once at home and once away.

The top two teams of each group enter the knockout phase. For the Round of 16, group winners are drawn to play against runners-up, and teams representing the same association cannot play against each other. From the quarter-finals onwards, these provisions no longer apply. Third-place teams enter the Challengers Cup Round of 32.

Champions League finalsEdit

Edition Winners Score Runners-up Venue
1  
1830 Cathair FC (AUD)
0–0 aet
4–2 pen
 
Northern Stallions (BRE)
Farnham Arena
Sabrefell, Nephara
2  
Northern Union (BRE)
2–1  
Soldarian FC (VAL)
Stade Outineau
Outineau, Kelssek
3  
Directus (EUR)
2–1 aet  
1830 Cathair FC (AUD)
The 66 Stadium
Cathair, Audioslavia
4  
Directus (EUR)
2–1  
Shamrock Cathair (AUD)
Stadium of the Restoration
Busukuma, Banija
5  
Raynor City United (VAL)
1–0  
Northern Union (BRE)
Stade de la République
Romainbourg, Omerica
6  
Kitara AA (BNJ)
1–1 aet
3–2 pen
 
AC Izotz Zubia (AUD)
Stadium of the Two Sisters
Canterlot, Equestria

Records and statisticsEdit

ClubsEdit

  IFCF only UICA included
Club Champion Runner-up Champion Runner-up
  Yuba United (COM) 0 0 6 6
  Raynor City United (VAL) 1 0 6 4
  Albrecht FC (CAM) 0 0 4 1
  Directus (EUR) 2 0 3 0
  Sonoma Center Panthers (COM) 0 0 2 2
  Cafundó do Juta (CAF) 0 0 2 2
  Fontvielle Impact (VLD) 0 0 2 2
  Petardos S/A (CAF) 0 0 2 1
  SK Franz Josef City (PIS) 0 0 2 1
  Ranca Toco (CAF) 0 0 2 1
  Soldarian FC (VAL) 0 1 2 1
  1830 Cathair FC (AUD) 1 1 2 1
  1896 Ebor (MYT) 0 0 2 0
  Marinos Metropolis (VLD) 0 0 2 0

AssociationsEdit

  IFCF only UICA included
Association Champion Runner-up Champion Runner-up
  Capitalizt SLANI (COM) 0 0 8 10
  Valanora (VAL) 1 1 7 7
  Cafundéu (CAF) 0 0 6 7
  Jasĭyun (JSY) 0 0 5 3
  Candelaria And Marquez (CAM) 0 0 5 3
  Eura (EUR) 2 0 7 2
  Septentrionia (SPT) 0 0 4 4
  Valladares (VLD) 0 0 4 3
  Polar Islandstates (PIS) 0 0 4 1
  Audioslavia (AUD) 1 1 3 1
  Nephara (NPH) 0 0 2 2
  Astograth (ASG) 0 0 2 1
  Mytannion (MYT) 0 0 2 0