The draw for the opening phases of the 2021 CONMEBOL Libertadores was held on Friday at CONMEBOL headquarters in Luque, Paraguay.

In the first phase, a sextet of teams will face off to determine the three sides that will advance to the second phase.

Paraguayan side Guaraní, who advanced from this phase to the Group Stage last year, face Bolivian opposition Royal Pari while Caracas of Venezuela will face Universidad Cesar Vallejo of Peru. Meanwhile Ecuadorian debutantes Universidad Católica will clash with a yet-to-be-determined Uruguayan side.

The three sides that advance from the first phase will join 13 more teams in the second phase. The 8 second phase winners will then meet in the third phase, with the four winners advancing to the Libertadores Group Stage while the four losers will drop into the Group Stage of the CONMEBOL Sudamericana.

Because of delays in completing the 2020 domestic season, a number of teams set to participate in the second phase have yet to be decided, including in Brazil and Chile, as well as Uruguay.

Because of delays in completing the 2020 domestic season, a number of teams set to participate in the second phase have yet to be decided, including in Brazil and Chile, as well as Uruguay.

The first phase will kick-off the week of February 24th, with the second phase to follow the week of March 9th.

The Group Stage Draw will be held on April 16th, and the Group Stage will begin the following week.