When is Champions League group stage draw 2022/23? Date, time, teams, pots, TV and live stream

All eyes will soon be on the UEFA Champions League as Europe’s biggest competition prepares for the group stage.

The 32 clubs taking part in the group stage include all European heavyweights including Barcelona, ​​Manchester City, Liverpool and holders Real Madrid.

Among the 32 entrants are the six clubs emerging from five rounds of summer qualifying, culminating in a crucial playoff round. Winners of the six playoff series earn a spot in the lucrative group stage, which comes with guaranteed cash prizes for each participating club.

Sporting News brings you everything you need to know about the 2022/23 Champions League draw, including the date, time, location, the teams involved and how they will be drawn.

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When is the Champions League group stage draw?

The group stage of the Champions League takes place on 11:00 AM ET / 4:00 PM BST on Thursday, August 25, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey, the venue for the 2023 Champions League Final.

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

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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Here’s how to watch the 2022/23 Champions League

country TV channel stream
United Kingdom BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport app, BTSport.com
United States of America CBSSN, Univision, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+, ViX+
Australia Stan sports
Canada DAZN

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

pot 1 pot 2 pot 3 pot 4
real Madrid Liverpool Borussia Dortmund Club Brugge
Eintracht Frankfurt Chelsea RB Salzburg Celtic
Manchester City Barcelona Shakhtar Donetsk Playoff Qualifying Round
AC Milan juventus Inter Milan Playoff Qualifying Round
Bayern Munich Atlético Madrid Naples Playoff Qualifying Round
PSG Seville Sporty CP Playoff Qualifying Round
postage RB Leipzig Bayer Leverkusen Playoff Qualifying Round
ajax Tottenham Olympique Marseille Playoff Qualifying Round

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.

Pot 1 contains the winners of the UEFA Champions League (Real Madrid) and the Europa League (Eintracht Frankfurt).

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.

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.

way of the champions

Fit 1st leg 2nd leg
Maccabi Haifa (Israel) vs. Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) 16-17 August 23-24 August
FC Copenhagen (Denmark) vs. Trabzonspor (Turkey) 16-17 August 23-24 August
FK Bodo/Glimt (Norway) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 16-17 August 23-24 August
Qarabag (Azerbaijan) vs. Viktoria Pilsen (Czech Republic) 16-17 August 23-24 August

league way

Fit 1st leg 2nd leg
Rangers (Scotland) vs. PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 16-17 August 23-24 August
Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) vs. Benfica (Portugal) 16-17 August 23-24 August

Champions League matches 2022/23

Schedule of preliminary and qualifying rounds

Round To draw 1st leg 2nd leg
Preliminary Qualifying 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 2, 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.

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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