20 October, 2020
09 May, 2021

Competition System


The Basketball Champions League 2020-21 season will involve 44 teams, including many national champions out of the 46 European countries that have been invited.

A total of 130 games will be played over the course of eight months of competition in this fifth season of the Basketball Champions League.

Games will be played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in order to safeguard national leagues’ schedules, and national team windows are integrated (and protected) in the calendar.

Thirty-two (32) teams will play in the Regular Season of the Basketball Champions League. Twenty-eight (28) of those teams will be directly qualified for the Regular Season (based on sporting criteria), and four (4) teams will be joining after the Qualification Rounds.


Qualification Rounds

The competition will start on September 22, 2020.

Four (4) teams will qualify for the Regular Season from the Qualification Rounds. 

The 16 teams involved will face each other in two elimination rounds played in a Semi-Finals/Final format. 

According to the opt-out clause (see Article 4.3c and 16.1 of the Regulations). number of non-qualified teams will then participate in the FIBA Europe Cup.

Regular Season

The Regular Season will tip off on October 20, 2020 and conclude on January 27, 2021.

The 32 teams competing in the Regular Season will be divided into eight (8) groups of four (4) teams. Each team in the group will play all others home and away.

Play-Offs

Sixteen (16) teams advance to the Play-Offs phase, consisting of the Round of 16 and the Quarter-Finals. These will be the top two (2) teams from each group.

The 3rd and 4th place finishers of each group will be eliminated.

The Round of 16 will tip off on March 2, 2021 and conclude (at the latest) on March 17, 2021. The 16 teams will play best-of-3 series and the 8 winners will advance to the Quarter-Finals.

The Quarter-Finals will start on March 23, 2021 and conclude (at the latest) on April 7, 2021. The 8 teams will play home and away and the 4 winners will advance to the Final Four.

More details on the Play-Offs phase are available in the Article 18 of the Regulations

Final Four

The Final Four will take place on May 7-9, 2021. The location will be determined after completion of the Quarter-Finals.
The final event will be hosted in one of the four qualified club's arena.

More details on the Final Four are available in the Article 19 of the Regulations.