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How to watch 2020 UEFA Champions League matches live

The UEFA Champions League is ready to return and all games are available to watch live in the US. Here's how you can tune in.

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UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) is one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of soccer. It determines who is the best team in Europe. With several teams worth more than $1 billion, this is the trophy that every side covets.

Liverpool is the defending champion after it managed to defeat English rival Tottenham in last year’s final. However, there will be a new winner this year as the Reds bowed out to Atletico Madrid in the round of 16. Before Liverpool’s sixth crown, it was Real Madrid that won an astonishing three UCL titles in a row.

Barcelona, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are among the teams still vying for this year’s trophy. The tournament will now be concluded over a 16-day sprint, with all matches from the quarter-finals onward to be held in Portugal.

How to watch every UCL match in the US

In July 2020, CBS Sports announced a multi-platform deal to become the exclusive English-language rights holder for the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup, plus the new UEFA Europa Conference League, a competition planned for 2021. The deal starts with the remainder of the 2019/20 Champions League through 2024.

Stream UCL on CBS All Access

Watch Champions League live on CBS All Access.

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Stream Champions League on CBS All Access

Every Champions League match will be shown on CBS’s streaming service, CBS All Access. The standard CBS television channel and CBS Sports Network will also show select games, but CBS All Access will be the place to be for European soccer fans.

There will also be additional programming, prime-time replays to suit a US audience and much more in an exciting development for CBS and American fans of the sport. CBS All Access is available with commercials for $5.99 or commercial-free at $7.99 a month. Both subscriptions get you access to a range of shows, movies and sports.

Best of all CBS All Access comes with a 7-day free trial. To find out more you can see our CBS All Access review.

When is the next UEFA Champions League match day?

  • Round of 16, second legs, August 7–8
  • Quarter-finals, one-game elimination, August 12–15
  • Semi-finals, one-game elimination, August 18–19
  • Final, Sunday August 23

Champions League schedule

Champions League tournament format

The tournament has several different preliminary and qualifying rounds, but the real fun begins in the group stage with 32 teams. Clubs are divided equally into eight different groups, with teams seeded before the draw. Each team plays its group opponents in a home-and-away round-robin format.

The group stage is traditionally played from September to December and is held over six match days. Teams from the same nations are also split up to ensure parity. After the group stage, the UCL progresses to the knockout phase, which usually begins in February and is contested by 16 clubs.

The 16 teams who finished as the top 2 in each group advance and play matches over 2 legs. Those who finished in third place in their group enter the UEFA Europa League. The knockout phase begins with the round of 16 and sees the 8 group winners seeded against the 8 runners-up.

At this point, teams still can’t be drawn against clubs from the same country or who were previously in their group. Then from the quarter-finals onwards, there are no restrictions on who will play each other through to the semi-finals and final.

When is the UEFA Champions League final?

The final was originally scheduled for May 30, 2020, at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. Due to the coronavirus, it will now be on August 23 at Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.

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