UEFA Championship League

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The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) is the governing body for football (soccer) in Europe and parts of Asia.  In total, it is responsible for overseeing fifty five separate national groups.

UEFA hosts several national and club level events such as the UEFA European Championship,  UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League and the UEFA Super Cup.

In the 2006-2007 season, UEFA competitions introduced the Homegrown Player Rule.  This rule was implemented into practice in the 2008-2009 season.  The rule mandated that clubs have to select a minimum of eight players who were trained by clubs in the same national system.  Additionally, four of the players HAVE to be members of the club’s own youth player system.  There was a cap of seventeen foreigners for any club playing in the UEFA competitions.

This is a little broader than it initially reads because in order to be considered a “homegrown” player by UEFA, an athlete doesn’t have to hold citizenship for the country they are representing.  They only have to have been trained either at that club, or another club from the same country for a period of at least three years

The most well-known of the UEFA tournaments is the EUFA Championship.

Prior to the double round-robin start to the Champions League, there are two routes for teams to qualify for the tournament by having finished 2nd – 4th in their national championship games.

The tournament itself consists of 32 teams split into eight groups made up of four teams each.  There is a rule against teams from the same country playing against each other in the initial round.  The teams play in a round-robin tournament. 

In the second group of games, the winners from one group are set against the runner-ups from the other group.  The same rule is in place that players from the same country can’t go against each other in this round. 

Starting with the quarter-finals, teams are permitted to play against each other regardless of what country they are from. 

This is a long drawn tournament.  The initial games begin in September and the final games aren’t held until the end of May.

Chelsea won the Championship league in 2021.  This was their second win.  The finals for the UEFA Championship League tournament will be held in May of 2022 in the Gazprom Arena, (also called the Krestovsky Stadium) in St. Petersburg, Russia.