| 16 (group matches)
CSM Bucharest (1st title)
The Women's EHF Champions League is an official competition for women's handball clubs of Europe, organised annually by the European Handball Federation (EHF). It is the most competitive and prestigious tournament for clubs with the champions of the Europe's top national leagues participating.
Women's EHF Champions League Wikipedia
Each year the EHF publishes a ranking list of its member federations. The first 23 nations are allowed to participate in the tournament with their national champion. The nations ranked first and second receive an additional slot and other nations may apply for additional places.
The Women's EHF Champions League is divided into five stages. Depending on the ranking of their national federation, teams can enter the competition in either qualification or the group matches. The defending champion along with the champions from the highest ranked nations start in the group matches whereas lower ranked nations need to go through the qualification tournaments.
Two groups of four teams are formed. Teams from each group play semi-finals and finals, in a single venue over a weekend. The winning team from each group advance to the group matches.
The teams qualified from the qualification tournament are joined by the defending champion and the national champions of the highest ranked federations. Four groups of four teams are formed. They play each other twice, in home and away matches. The best three teams from each group advance to the main round. The remaining teams can enter the Cup Winners' Cup.
Two groups of six teams are formed. Teams play those they have not already faced twice, in home and away matches. The top four teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals.
The pairings for this round are decided by placing in the main round, with first place against fourth in the other group and second place against third. Each pair plays two matches at home and away. The four winners advance to the Women's EHF FINAL4.
The four participating teams are paired with a draw and play over a single weekend at one venue. Two semi-finals will be played on a Saturday, with the 3/4 Placement and Final played the following day.