What time is Champions League group stage draw? Teams, pots and 2022/23 details

The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage takes shape when the draw takes place on Thursday 25 August.

Real Madrid won the competition last season after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final. The two powerhouses could potentially face off in the group stage as they are placed in different pots.

After the qualifying rounds that took place over the summer, the new Champions League campaign officially begins with the group stage draw, adding 26 automatic qualifiers to the six teams that emerged from qualifying.

Before the draw, the 32 clubs are divided into four pots based on different UEFA rankings as explained below. They will be drawn into eight groups, each consisting of four teams.

Full details of the draw including date, time, TV and streaming follow below.

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When is the Champions League group stage draw?

The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage draw will take place on 25 August at 18:00 local time in Istanbul, Turkey.

The bottom three spots in the group stage will be decided just 24 hours before the draw when the playoffs conclude.

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 TUDN fuboTV, Vix+, Paramount+,
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UEFA Champions League draws balls pot

Champions League teams and pots for group stage draw

Pot 1 consists of the defending champions of the defending Champions League (Real Madrid) and Europa League (Eintracht Frankfurt) and the reigning league champions of each of the top six nations according to the UEFA country coefficient rankings.

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.

Each club’s UEFA club coefficient rankings are included below for pots 2-4, as the seeding of clubs in these pots is based on the coefficient rankings.

pot 1 pot 2 pot 3 pot 4
real Madrid
(Champions League)
2 Liverpool 19-Borussia Dortmund 33 rangers
Eintracht Frankfurt
(European League)
5-Chelsea 21-RB Salzburg 34-Dinamo Zagreb
Manchester City
(1st, England)
6-Barcelona 22-Shahtar Donetsk 38-Olympique Marseille
AC Milan
(1st, Italy)
8-Juventus 23-Inter Milan 41-FC Copenhagen
Bayern Munich
(1st, Germany)
9-Atlético Madrid 25-Napoli 44 Club Brugge
(1st, France)
12-Seville 27 Benfica 51-celtic
(1st, Portugal)
13-RB Leipzig 28 Sporty CP 55-Victoria Pilsen
(1st, Netherlands)
14-Tottenham 30-Bayer Leverkusen 169-Maccabi Haifa

One club is selected from each pot to form the eight groups of four teams each.

Clubs from the same country cannot be drawn into the same group and must be moved to the next available group.

MORE: Champions League qualifying results and highlights

number of
nation societies
5 Germany Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen,
RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt
4 England Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham
4 Italy AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, Juventus
4 Spain Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​​​Atlético Madrid, Seville
3 Portugal Benfica, Porto, Sporting CP
2 France PSG, Olympique Marseille
2 Scotland Celtic, Rangers
1 Austria RB Salzburg
1 Belgium Club Brugge
1 Croatia Dynamo Zagreb
1 Czech Republic Victoria Pilsen
1 Denmark FC Copenhagen
1 Israel Maccabi Haifa
1 Netherlands ajax
1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk

Champions League matches 2022/23

Group stage schedule

The draw for the 2022/23 Champions League group stage will take place on August 25, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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 Stage Schedule

The draw for the 2022/23 Champions League Round of 16 will take place on November 7, 2022.

The draw for the remaining rounds (quarter-finals and semi-finals) of the 2022/23 Champions League knockout stages will take place on 17 March 2023.

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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