08 October, 2019
04 October, 2020

Competition System

The Basketball Champions League 2019-20 season will involve 48 teams, including many national champions out of the 46 European countries that have been invited.

A maximum of 300 games will be played over the course of eight months of competition in this fourth 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-four (24) of those teams will be directly qualified for the Regular Season (based on sporting criteria), and eight (8) teams will be joining after the Qualification Rounds.

Qualification Rounds

The competition will start on 17 September 2019.

Eight (8) teams will qualify for the Regular Season from the Qualification Rounds. 

The 24 teams involved will face each other in two elimination rounds played in a home-and-away format. 

According to the opt-out clause (see Article 4.3c and 16.2 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 15 October 2019 and conclude on 5 February 2020.

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


Sixteen (16) teams advance to the Play-Offs phase, consisting of the Round of 16 and the Quarter-Finals. These will be the top four (4) teams from each group.

The 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place finishers of each group will be eliminated.

The Round of 16 will tip off on 3 March 2020 and conclude on 18 March 2020. 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 24 March 2020 and conclude on 8 April 2020. The 8 teams will play best-of-3 series 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 1-3 May 2020. 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.