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Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020: Schedule, Format, Qualifying Stages, Group Stages

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The Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020 will begin playing from this Tuesday, January 21. This will be the 61st edition of the most significant premier club football competition in South America organized by CONMEBOL, which was previously called the Copa Libertadores de América.

On 17 October 2019, CONMEBOL reported that the final will be played at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 21 November 2020. The champs of the 2020 Copa Libertadores will meet qualify for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, and procure the right to play against the victors of the 2020 Copa Sudamericana in the 2021 Recopa Sudamericana. They will likewise automatically qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores group stage.

In March 2018, the Liga MX President, Enrique Bonilla, said that Liga MX and Major League Soccer (MLS) were available to begin converses with have Mexican teams return and MLS teams from Canada and the United States to join on the off chance that they could concede to terms with the CONMEBOL authorities. Teams from Mexico have pulled back from the Copa Libertadores since 2017, however, they may return later on if the issue of schedule clashes can be solved.

On 21 May 2019, CONMEBOL reported that clubs must pass certain qualification prerequisites to contend in the 2020 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. One of the first prerequisites was that teams must be in the top division of their member association, yet this was evacuated after numerous associations expressed that they had not adopted the regulations of their qualifying tournaments for the 2020 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

47 teams from the 10 CONMEBOL member associations will qualify for the competition. Flamengo will be the defending champions.

Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020: Schedule

Stage Draw date First leg Second leg
First stage 17 December 2019 21–22 January 2020 28–29 January 2020
Second stage 17 December 2019 4–6 February 202011–13 February 2020
Third stage 17 December 2019 18–20 February 202025–27 February 2020
Group stage 17 December 2019 Matchday 1: 3–5 March 2020Matchday 2: 10–12 March 2020Matchday 3: 17–19 March 2020Matchday 4: 7–9 April 2020Matchday 5: 21–23 April 2020Matchday 6: 5–7 May 2020
Round of 16 13 May 2020 21–23 July 2020 28–30 July 2020
Quarter-finals 13 May 2020 18–20 August 202025–27 August 2020
Semi-finals 13 May 2020 22–24 September 202029 September – 1 October 2020
Final 13 May 2020 21 November 2020 at Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020: Qualifying Stages

In the qualifying stages, each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If tied on the total, the away goals rule will be utilized. On the off chance that still tied, additional time won’t be played, and the penalty shoot-out will be utilized to decide the victor.

The qualifying stages are organized as follows:

The first stage (6 teams): The three champs of the first stage advance to the second stage to join the 13 teams which are offered byes to the second stage.

The second stage (16 teams): The eight victors of the second stage advance to the third stage.

Third stage (8 teams): The four victors of the third stage advance to the group stage to join the 28 direct participants. The two best teams eliminated in the third stage enter the Copa Sudamericana second stage.

First stage

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
San José E1 Guaraní22 Jan29 Jan
Carabobo E2 Universitario21 Jan28 Jan
Progreso E3 Barcelona22 Jan29 Jan

Second stage

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
E2C1 Cerro Porteño5 Feb12 Feb
Cerro Largo C2 Palestino5 Feb12 Feb
Independiente Medellín C3 Deportivo Táchira4 Feb11 Feb
Macará C4 Deportes Tolima4 Feb11 Feb
Universidad de Chile C5 Internacional4 Feb11 Feb
The Strongest C6 Atlético Tucumán5 Feb12 Feb
E1C7 Corinthians5 Feb12 Feb
E3C8 Sporting Cristal6 Feb13 Feb

Third stage

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
C1G1[†]C818–20 Feb25–27 Feb
C2G2[†]C718–20 Feb25–27 Feb
C3G3[†]C618–20 Feb25–27 Feb
C4G4[†]C518–20 Feb25–27 Feb

 Order of legs to be decided, with the team in each tie with the higher CONMEBOL ranking hosting the second leg.

Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020: Group Stages

In the group stage, each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The teams are positioned by the following criteria: 1. Points (3 points for success, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss); 2. Goal difference; 3. Goals scored; 4. Away goals scored; 5. CONMEBOL ranking.

The champs and runners-up of each group advance to the round of 16 of the final stages. The third-placed teams of each group enter the Copa Sudamericana second stage.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Flamengo Palmeiras Peñarol River Plate
Independiente del Valle Bolívar Colo-Colo São Paulo
Junior Tigre Athletico Paranaense LDU Quito
G1 G2 Jorge Wilstermann Binacional
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Grêmio Nacional Olimpia Boca Juniors
Universidad Católica Racing Santos Libertad
América de Cali Alianza Lima Delfín Caracas
G4 Estudiantes de Mérida Defensa y Justicia G3

Group A

Flamengo Independiente del Valle  Junior  G1
22 Apr6 May11 Mar
19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
4 Mar7 Apr22 Apr
7 Apr4 Mar19 Mar

Group B

Palmeiras Bolívar   Tigre   G2
22 Apr6 May11 Mar
19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
4 Mar7 Apr22 Apr
7 Apr4 Mar19 Mar

Group C

Peñarol Colo-Colo   Athletico Paranaense   Jorge Wilstermann
22 Apr6 May11 Mar
19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
4 Mar7 Apr22 Apr
7 Apr4 Mar19 Mar

Group D

River Plate São Paulo LDU Quito   Binacional
22 Apr6 May11 Mar
19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
4 Mar7 Apr22 Apr
7 Apr4 Mar19 Mar

Group E

Grêmio Universidad Católica   América de Cali   G4
22 Apr6 May11 Mar
19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
4 Mar7 Apr22 Apr
7 Apr4 Mar19 Mar

Group F

Nacional Racing   Alianza Lima   Estudiantes de Mérida
22 Apr6 May11 Mar
19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
4 Mar7 Apr22 Apr
7 Apr4 Mar19 Mar

Group G

Olimpia Santos   Delfín   Defensa y Justicia
22 Apr6 May11 Mar
19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
4 Mar7 Apr22 Apr
7 Apr4 Mar19 Mar

Group H

Boca Juniors Libertad   Caracas   G3
22 Apr6 May11 Mar
19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
4 Mar7 Apr22 Apr
7 Apr4 Mar19 Mar

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