UEFA Champions League draw: Time, TV channel, live stream for group stage 2022/23

With the Champions League qualifying rounds coming to an end this week with the play-off second legs, the group stage is just a few weeks away.

The group stage will feature a total of 32 teams: 26 of Europe’s top teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Manchester City, PSG and Liverpool enter the fray alongside the six teams emerging from the playoffs.

Before the game starts, the groups must be formed. This takes place at the group stage draw, where the 32 teams are split into groups of four, with only the top two teams in each group advancing to the knockout rounds.

Sporting News brings you everything you need to know to attend the 2022/23 Champions League group stage draw and find out who your team will be up against.

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How to watch the 2022/23 Champions League group stage draw

Viewers in all countries can follow the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage draw.

Champions League channels in several countries will broadcast the draw. For the rest of the world, fans can watch live on UEFA’s YouTube channel.

country date time TV channel stream
Australia Friday 26 August 02:00 CEST Stan sports
Canada Thursday 25 August 12:00 p.m. ET DAZN
Hong Kong Friday 26 August 00:00 CEST UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
India Thursday 25 August 21:30 CET UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
Malaysia Friday 26 August 00:00 CET UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
New Zealand Friday 26 August 04:00 NZST UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
Singapore Friday 26 August 00:00 SST UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
United Kingdom Thursday 25 August 17:00 CET BT sport 1 BT Sport site/app
United States of America Thursday 25 August 12:00 p.m. ET Outstanding+,
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How does the Champions League group stage draw work?

The draw will split 32 teams into eight groups of four. During the draw, UEFA selects one team for each group from each of the four pots.

Pot 1 consists of the defending champions of the Champions League and Europa League and the reigning champions of the top six nations according to the UEFA country coefficient list.

As Real Madrid are Spanish champions (a top 6 nation) as well as the holders of the UEFA Champions League, the place in Pot 1 reserved for the Spanish champions is allocated to the next best nation in the coefficient list. In this case, the Netherlands and their reigning Eredivisie champions Ajax were lifted into Pot 1.

Pots 2, 3 and 4 are based on the UEFA Club Coefficients List, a mathematical formula used to assess a given club’s performance in domestic and continental competitions over the past five years.

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Draw of the teams in the group stage of the Champions League

Each club’s UEFA club coefficient ranking is included in Pots 2-4 as the seedings of clubs in these pots are based on the ranking. Olympique Marseille could still be pushed into Pot 4 depending on the results of the six play-off matches.

Pot 1 includes the Champions League winners (Real Madrid), the Europa League winners (Eintracht Frankfurt) and the champions from the top six nations in the UEFA country coefficient rankings. As Real Madrid are both Champions League winners and Spanish La Liga champions, Pot 1 destined for the Spanish champions is taken by the Netherlands (Dutch champions Ajax), the next country on the UEFA countries’ coefficient list.

pot 1 pot 2 pot 3 pot 4
Real Madrid (Champions Lg) 2 Liverpool 19-Borussia Dortmund 44 Club Brugge
Eintracht Frankfurt (Europe Lg) 5-Chelsea 21-RB Salzburg 51-celtic
Manchester City (1st, England) 6-Barcelona 22-Shahtar Donetsk 169-Maccabi Haifa or 36-Red Star
AC Milan (1st, Italy) 8-Juventus 23-Inter Milan 41-FC Copenhagen or 226-Trabzonspor
Bayern Munich (1st, Germany) 9-Atlético Madrid 25-Napoli 94-Bodo/Glimt or 34-Dinamo Zagreb
PSG (1st, France) 12-Seville 28 Sporty CP 64-Qarabag or 55-Viktoria Pilsen
Porto (1st, Portugal) 13-RB Leipzig 30-Bayer Leverkusen 33 Rangers or 50 PSV Eindhoven
Ajax (1st, Netherlands) 14-Tottenham 38-Olympique Marseille 39-Dynamo Kyiv or 27-Benfica

One club is selected from each pot to form the eight groups of four teams. Clubs from the same country cannot be drawn into the same group and must be moved to the next available group.

Olympique Marseille currently occupy Pot 3 but could be downgraded to Pot 4 if a team higher in the coefficient table qualifies for the group stage (Benfica, Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade are currently ranked higher).

Champions League Playoff Round Qualifying Round

The winners of the following play-off series on aggregate goals join the 26 other clubs in the Champions League group stage draw.

Fit 1st leg 2nd leg
Maccabi Haifa (Israel) vs. Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) 3-2 Aug. 23
FC Copenhagen (Denmark) vs. Trabzonspor (Turkey) 2-1 August 24th
FK Bodo/Glimt (Norway) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 1-0 August 24th
Qarabag (Azerbaijan) vs. Viktoria Pilsen (Czech Republic) 0-0 Aug. 23
Rangers (Scotland) vs. PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 2-2 August 24th
Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) vs. Benfica (Portugal) 0-2 Aug. 23

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Champions League Schedule 2022/23

After the six teams emerge from the playoffs, the 2022/23 Champions League starts in earnest with the 32-team group stage. All six group match days end before the World Cup break, the knockout rounds begin in February 2023.

qualification plan

Round To draw 1st leg 2nd leg
preliminary round June 7, 2022 June 21, 2022 June 24, 2022
First qualifying round June 14, 2022 5th-6th July 2022 12-13 July 2022
Second qualifying round June 15, 2022 19-20 July 2022 26-27 July 2022
Third qualifying round July 18, 2022 2nd-3rd Aug 2022 9th-10th Aug 2022
playoff round August 1, 2022 16-17 Aug 2022 23-24 Aug 2022

Group stage schedule

The draw for the 2022/23 Champions League group stage will take place on August 25, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey. Only the top two teams in each group advance to the knockout stages.

Gameday Events
1 September 6-7, 2022
2 September 13 and 14, 2022
3 4th-5th October 2022
4 11-12 October 2022
5 25-26 October 2022
6 1st-2nd November 2022

knockout schedule

The draw for the 2022/23 Champions League Round of 16 will take place on November 7, 2022. The draw for the remainder of the 2022/23 Champions League knockout stages (quarter-finals and semi-finals) will take place on 17 March 2023.

The final will be held on June 10, 2023 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.

Round 1st leg 2nd leg
round of 16 14-22 February 2023 7th-15th March 2023
quarter finals 11-12 April 2023 18-19 April 2023
semifinals 9th-10th May 2023 16-17 May 2023
final June 10, 2023

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