7-13 August 2018
|Teams||Knockout phase: 32|
Total: 60 (from 48 associations)
|Goals scored||471 (3.89 per match)|
|Attendance||191,931 (1,586 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Pernille Harder|
The 2018-19 UEFA Women's Champions League was the 18th edition of the European women's club football championship organised by UEFA, and the 10th edition since being rebranded as the UEFA Women's Champions League.
The final was held at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary. This was the first time since the final was played as a single match that a host city for the Women's Champions League final was not automatically assigned by which city won the bid to host the men's Champions League final.
A maximum of 68 teams from 55 UEFA member associations were eligible to participate in the 2018-19 UEFA Women's Champions League. The association ranking based on the UEFA league coefficient for women was used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:
For the 2018-19 UEFA Women's Champions League, the associations were allocated places according to their 2017 UEFA league coefficients for women, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2012-13 to 2016-17.
For the first time Switzerland had two entries, replacing Scotland in the top 12 associations.
The format of the competition remained unchanged from previous years, starting from the qualifying round (played as mini-tournaments with four teams in each group), followed by the knockout phase starting from the round of 32 (played as home-and-away two-legged ties except for the one-match final).
Unlike the men's Champions League, not every association entered a team, and so the exact number of teams entering in each round (qualifying round and round of 32) could not be determined until the full entry list was known. In general, the title holders, the champions of the top 12 associations, and the runners-up of highest-ranked associations (exact number depending on the number of entries) received a bye to the round of 32. All other teams (runners-up of lowest-ranked associations and champions of associations starting from 13th) entered the qualifying round, with the group winners and a maximum of two best runners-up advancing to the round of 32.
A total of 60 teams from 48 associations entered the competition, with the entries confirmed by UEFA on 8 June 2018. An association must have an eleven-a-side women's domestic league (or in special circumstances, a women's domestic cup) to enter a team. Among the entrants:
As KÍ Klaksvík failed to win the Faroe Islands league, their streak of having participated in every edition of the UEFA Women's Cup/Champions League have ended after 17 seasons.
|Round of 32||VfL Wolfsburg (CH)||Bayern Munich (RU)||LyonTH(CH)||Paris Saint-Germain (RU)|
|Linköping (CH)||Rosengård (RU)||Chelsea (CH)||Manchester City (RU)|
|Atlético Madrid (CH)||Barcelona (RU)||Fortuna Hjørring (CH)||Brøndby (RU)|
|Juventus (CH)||Fiorentina (3rd)[Note ITA]||Zvezda-2005 Perm (CH)||Ryazan-VDV (RU)|
|Spartak Subotica (CH)||Sparta Praha (CH)||St. Pölten (CH)||LSK Kvinner (CH)|
|Qualifying round||Basel (RU)||Slavia Praha (RU)||Landhaus Wien (RU)||Avaldsnes (RU)|
|Glasgow City (CH)||Ajax (CH)||BIIK Kazygurt (CH)||Górnik czna (CH)|
|Barcelona FA (CH)||Þór/KA (CH)||Spartak Subotica (CH)||Olimpia Cluj (CH)|
|MTK Hungária (CH)||Anderlecht (CH)||SFK 2000 (CH)||Gintra Universitetas (CH)|
|Ata?ehir Belediyespor (CH)||Olimpija Ljubljana (CH)||Honka (CH)||Sporting CP (CH)|
|FC Minsk (CH)||Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (CH)||Elpides Karditsas (RU)[Note GRE]||Wexford Youths (CH)|
|Osijek (CH)||Kiryat Gat (CH)||Pärnu (CH)||NSA Sofia (CH)|
|Slovan Bratislava (CH)||EB/Streymur/Skála (CH)||Linfield (CH)||Cardiff Met. (CH)|
|Breznica Pljevlja (CH)||Vllaznia Shkodër (CH)||Mitrovica (CH)||R?gas FS (CH)|
|Dragon 2014 (CH)||Agarista-?S Anenii Noi (CH)[Note MDA]||Birkirkara (CH)||Martve (CH)|
|Round||Draw||First leg||Second leg|
|Qualifying round||22 June 2018||7-13 August 2018|
|Round of 32||17 August 2018||12-13 September 2018||26-27 September 2018|
|Round of 16||1 October 2018||17-18 October 2018||31 October - 1 November 2018|
|Quarter-finals||9 November 2018||20-21 March 2019||27-28 March 2019|
|Semi-finals||20-21 April 2019||27-28 April 2019|
|Final||18 May 2019 at Groupama Arena, Budapest|
The draw of the qualifying round was held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on 22 June 2018, 13:30 CEST. The teams were allocated into four seeding positions based on their UEFA club coefficients at the beginning of the season. They were drawn into groups of four containing one team from each of the four seeding positions. First, the teams which were pre-selected as hosts were drawn from their own designated pot and allocated to their respective group as per their seeding positions. Next, the remaining teams were drawn from their respective pot which were allocated according to their seeding positions.
In each group, teams played against each other in a round-robin mini-tournament at the pre-selected hosts. The group winners and the two runners-up with the best record against the teams finishing first and third in their group advanced to the round of 32 to join the 20 teams which received a bye.
The matches were played on 7, 10 and 13 August 2018.
Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 14.01 and 14.02):
To determine the best runners-up, the results against the teams in fourth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied (Regulations Article 14.03):
|1||Ajax||3||2||1||0||6||1||+5||7||Round of 32||—||--||4-1||2-0|
|1||Barcelona FA||3||3||0||0||10||0||+10||9||Round of 32||—||2-0||2-0||--|
|4||Olimpija Ljubljana (H)||3||0||0||3||0||13||−13||0||0-6||--||--||—|
|1||Glasgow City (H)||3||2||0||1||10||2||+8||6[a]||Round of 32||—||1-2||--||7-0|
|1||Slavia Praha||3||3||0||0||15||3||+12||9||Round of 32||—||--||7-2||4-0|
|2||MTK Hungária (H)||3||1||1||1||9||7||+2||4||1-4||—||--||6-1|
|1||Spartak Subotica||3||3||0||0||10||0||+10||9||Round of 32||—||--||1-0||4-0|
|4||Breznica Pljevlja (H)||3||0||1||2||4||12||−8||1||--||--||4-4||—|
|1||Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (H)||3||3||0||0||16||3||+13||9||Round of 32||—||3-1||--||8-0|
|1||BIIK Kazygurt||3||3||0||0||9||1||+8||9||Round of 32||—||2-1||--||5-0|
|4||R?gas FS (H)||3||0||0||3||2||9||−7||0||--||1-2||--||—|
|1||SFK 2000 (H)||3||3||0||0||12||1||+11||9||Round of 32||—||5-0||--||5-0|
|4||Agarista-?S Anenii Noi||3||0||0||3||1||11||−10||0||--||1-4||--||—|
|1||Gintra Universitetas (H)||3||2||1||0||17||1||+16||7||Round of 32||—||1-1||--||7-0|
|1||Avaldsnes||3||2||1||0||8||4||+4||7||Round of 32||—||3-2||--||3-0|
To determine the best two second-placed teams from the qualifying round which advanced to the knockout phase, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first and third-placed teams in their group were taken into account, while results against the fourth-placed team not included. As a result, two matches played by each second-placed team counts for the purposes of determining the ranking.
|1||9||Honka||2||1||1||0||6||1||+5||4||Round of 32|
Each tie in the knockout phase, apart from the final, was played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advanced to the next round. If the aggregate score was level, the away goals rule was applied, i.e. the team that scoredmore goals away from home over the two legs advanced. If away goals were also equal, then extra time was played. The away goals rule was again applied after extra time, i.e. if there were goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score was still level, the visiting team advanced by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals were scored during extra time, the tie was decided by penalty shoot-out. In the final, which was played as a single match, if the score was level at the end of normal time, extra time was played, followed by penalty shoot-out if the score remained tied.
The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:
|Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals|
|VfL Wolfsburg||1||2||3||VfL Wolfsburg||4||6||10|
|Atlético Madrid||1||2||3||Atlético Madrid||0||0||0|
|Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv||1||0||1||Paris Saint-Germain||0||2||2||Final|
(18 May - Budapest)
|St. Pölten||1||0||1||Paris Saint-Germain||2||3||5|
|Gintra Universitetas||0||0||0||Slavia Praha||3||0||3|
|Slavia Praha||3||4||7||Slavia Praha||1||1||2|
|Spartak Subotica||0||0||0||Bayern Munich||2||3||5|
|Bayern Munich||7||4||11||Bayern Munich||0||0||0|
|Barcelona FA||0||1||1||Glasgow City||0||0||0|
|LSK Kvinner||3||1||4||LSK Kvinner||0||0||0|
|Zvezda-2005 Perm||0||0||0||LSK Kvinner||1||2||3|
The draw for the round of 32 was held on 17 August 2018, 14:00 CEST, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first legs were played on 12 and 13 September, and the second legs on 26 and 27 September 2018.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Atlético Madrid||3-1||Manchester City||1-1||2-0|
|Gintra Universitetas||0-7||Slavia Praha||0-3||0-4|
|Barcelona FA||1-2||Glasgow City||0-2||1-0|
|Spartak Subotica||0-11||Bayern Munich||0-7||0-4|
|St. Pölten||1-6||Paris Saint-Germain||1-4||0-2|
|LSK Kvinner||4-0||Zvezda-2005 Perm||3-0||1-0|
The draw for the round of 16 was held on 1 October 2018, 13:00 CEST, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first legs were played on 17 and 18 October, and the second legs on 31 October and 1 November 2018.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|VfL Wolfsburg||10-0||Atlético Madrid||4-0||6-0|
The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 9 November 2018, 13:00 CET, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first legs were played on 20 and 21 March, and the second legs on 27 March 2019.
During the Chelsea - PSG tie a number of arrests were made by the Metropolitan Police of travelling supporters of PSG who were arrested for possession of illegal drugs, weapons and vandalism. This was after disorder was reported at Waterloo and Wimbledon Train stations and a bus carrying PSG supporters being searched and barred entry to Kingsmeadow Stadium.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Slavia Praha||2-6||Bayern Munich||1-1||1-5|
The draw for the semi-finals was held on 9 November 2018, 13:00 CET (after the quarter-final draw), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first legs were played on 21 April, and the second legs on 28 April 2019.
The final was played on 18 May 2019 at the Groupama Arena in Budapest. The "home" team for the final (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws.
Qualifying goals count towards the topscorer award.
|1||Pernille Harder||VfL Wolfsburg||--||8||8|
|2||Krystyna Freda||Barcelona FA||6||1||7|
|4||Petra Divi?ová||Slavia Praha||5||1||6|
|Tereza Ko?árová||Slavia Praha||2||4|
|Eugénie Le Sommer||Lyon||--||6|
|7||Tine De Caigny||Anderlecht||5||--||5|
|Isadora Freitas||Gintra Universitetas||5||0|
|Marie-Antoinette Katoto||Paris Saint-Germain||--||5|
The following players were named in the squad of the season: