The 2020 CONMEBOL Libertadores will take place over 5 phases. The first three phases will be used to reduce nineteen teams to four. Those four teams will then join another twenty-eight in the group stage. Sixteen teams will advance from the group stage to the knockout rounds, and from there a champion will be crowned. A full list of qualified teams can be found here.
Luque, Paraguay will play host to the draw on December 17th, with the draw scheduled to start at 20:30 local time. The draw will determine the opening phases of the competition as well as the composition of the group stage.
PHASE 1 & 2
Of the 47 teams in the 2020 Libertadores, six will begin their quest for Gloria Eterna in the first phase. The six teams will be sorted into a trio of two-legged ties, with the winners moving on to complete the field for the second phase.
The six teams will consist of one team from each of Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The three winners will qualify for the second phase and will be designated E1, E2, and E3.
- The teams will be placed into pots according to their positioning in the December 15th edition of the CONMEBOL Libertadores Ranking.
- Pot 1 will consist of the three teams with the highest ranking and will host the second leg.
- Pot 2 will consist of the three teams with the lowest rankings and will host the first leg.
- The first team drawn from Pot 2 will take their place in the first tie, and will host the first match. The second team drawn (from Pot 1), will be their opponent, and will host the second leg.
- The same method will be used to draw teams in ties 2 and 3. The winners of these ties will qualify for the second phase, where they will be referred to as E1, E2 and E3.
The second phase will consist of the three teams qualified from the first phase, plus 13 more teams: 2 each from Brazil, Colombia and Chile plus one each from the other 7 associations. The 16 teams will sqaure off in eight two-legged ties, drawn from two pots determined by the December 15th edition of the CONMEBOL Libertadores Ranking
8 highest ranked teams in the CONMEBOL Ranking*
|Next 5 highest ranked teams in the CONMEBOL Ranking* + E1, E2, & E3|
* CONMEBOL Ranking as of December 15, 2019
Note: Teams from the same country can only be drawn agaisnt each other in this phase if one of the teams has advanced from the first phase.
- Teams from Pot 1 will be drawn against teams from Pot 2, with teams from Pot 1 hosting the second leg and Pot 2 hosting the first leg.
The eight teams that advance from this phase will be referred to as C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7 and C8 in the third phase.
The 8 teams that advance from the second phase will face off in 4 two-legged ties in the third phase. The ties will be pre-determined by positioning in the second phase draw.
- The lower ranked team in the December 15th edition of the CONMEBOL Libertadores Ranking will host the first leg, with the higher ranked side hosting the second leg.
Note: Of the four teams eliminated in the third phase, the two (2) with the best performance will qualify for the SECOND PHASE of the 2020 CONMEBOL Sudamericana.
32 teams will participate in the group stage of the 2020 CONMEBOL Libertadores. 28 will qualify directly and will be joined by another 4 who will have qualified via the third phase of the competition. The 32 teams will be drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams to contest the group stage.
The composition of each of the groups will be established by a draw, with the pots determined by the December 15th edition of the CONMEBOL Libertadores Ranking.
- The Champion of the 2019 CONMEBOL Libertadores (Flamengo) will be placed directly into position A1.
- The seven highest ranked teams in the December 15th edition of the CONMEBOL Club Ranking will be placed into the other 7 groups (B-H).
- The second set of teams in each group will consist of the 2019 CONMEBOL Sudamericana Champion (Independiente del Valle) and the next 7 highest ranked teams in the December 15th edition of the CONMEBOL Club Ranking.
- The third set of teams in each group still consist of the next 8 highest ranked teams in the December 15th edition of the CONMEBOL Club Ranking.
- The final set of teams in each group will consist of the 4 teams that advance from the third phase (G1, G2, G3 and G4) plus the 4 teams that are lowest ranked in the December 15th edition of the CONMEBOL Club Ranking.
- The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the knockout round.
- The third placed finisher in each group will qualify for the second phase of the 2020 CONMEBOL Sudamericana.
Note: Teams from the same country cannot be drawn into the same group, except when one of the teams has advanced from a previous round. Should two teams from the same country be drawn together, the team will be placed in the next available group.