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2022–23 UEFA Champions League

The Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
21 June – 24 August 2022
Competition proper:
6 September 2022 – 10 June 2023
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 79
2023–24

The 2022–23 UEFA Champions League will be the 68th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 31st season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

The final will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. The stadium was originally appointed to host the 2020 and 2021 UEFA Champions League Final, but this was moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey. The winner of the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League will automatically qualify for the 2023–24 UEFA Champions League group stage, and also earn the right to play against the winner of the 2022–23 UEFA Europa League in the 2023 UEFA Super Cup.

Association team allocation

A total of 79 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein, which does not organise a domestic league). The association ranking based on the UEFA association coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:

  • Associations 1–4 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 5–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–55 (except Liechtenstein)Note LIE[›] each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League and 2021–22 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league.

Association ranking

For the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2021 UEFA association coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2016–17 to 2020–21.

Apart from the allocation based on the association coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (UCL) – Additional berth for UEFA Champions League title holders
  • (UEL) – Additional berth for UEFA Europa League title holders
Association ranking for 2022–23 UEFA Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1  England 100.569 4
2  Spain 97.855
3  Italy 75.438
4  Germany 73.570 +1 (UEL)
5  France 56.081 3
6  Portugal 48.549
7  Netherlands 39.200 2
8  Russia 38.382
9  Belgium 36.500
10  Austria 35.825
11  Scotland 33.375
12  Ukraine 33.100
13  Turkey 30.100
14  Denmark 27.875
15  Cyprus 27.750
16  Serbia 26.750 1
17  Czech Republic 26.600
18  Croatia 26.275
19  Switzerland 26.225
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20  Greece 26.000 1
21  Israel 24.375
22  Norway 21.000
23  Sweden 20.500
24  Bulgaria 20.375
25  Romania 18.200
26  Azerbaijan 16.875
27  Kazakhstan 15.625
28  Hungary 15.500
29  Belarus 15.250
30  Poland 15.125
31  Slovenia 14.250
32  Slovakia 13.625
33  Liechtenstein 9.000 0 Note LIE[›]
34  Lithuania 8.750 1
35  Luxembourg 8.250
36  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.000
37  Republic of Ireland 7.875
38  North Macedonia 7.625
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
39  Armenia 7.375 1
40  Latvia 7.375
41  Albania 7.250
42  Northern Ireland 6.958
43  Georgia 6.875
44  Finland 6.875
45  Moldova 6.875
46  Malta 6.375
47  Faroe Islands 6.125
48  Kosovo 5.833
49  Gibraltar 5.666
50  Montenegro 5.000
51  Wales 5.000
52  Iceland 4.875
53  Estonia 4.750
54  Andorra 3.331
55  San Marino 1.166

Distribution

The following is the access list for this season.

Access list for 2022–23 UEFA Champions League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Preliminary round
(4 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 52–55
First qualifying round
(34 teams)
  • 33 champions from associations 18–51 (except Liechtenstein)Note LIE[›]
  • 1 winner from the preliminary round
Second qualifying round
(26 teams)
Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 3 champions from associations 15–17
  • 17 winners from the first qualifying round
League Path
(6 teams)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
Third qualifying round
(20 teams)
Champions Path
(12 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 13–14
  • 10 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(8 teams)
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 5–6
  • 3 winners from the second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round
(12 teams)
Champions Path
(8 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 11–12
  • 6 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the third qualifying round (League Path)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • Champions League title holders
  • Europa League title holders
  • 10 champions from associations 1–10
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 4 third-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (League Path)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

Teams

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • TH: Champions League title holders
  • EL: Europa League title holders
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.: League positions of the previous season

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round are divided into Champions Path (CH) and League Path (LP).

CC: 2022 UEFA club coefficients.

Qualified teams for 2022–23 UEFA Champions League
Entry round Teams
Group stage Spain Real Madrid (1st)TH Germany Eintracht Frankfurt (EL) England Manchester City (1st) England Liverpool (2nd)
England Chelsea (3rd) England Tottenham Hotspur (4th) Spain Barcelona (2nd) Spain Atlético Madrid (3rd)
Spain Sevilla (4th) Italy Milan (1st) Italy Inter Milan (2nd) Italy Napoli (3rd)
Italy Juventus (4th) Germany Bayern Munich (1st) Germany Borussia Dortmund (2nd) Germany Bayer Leverkusen (3rd)
Germany RB Leipzig (4th) France Paris Saint-Germain (1st) France Marseille (2nd) Portugal Porto (1st)
Portugal Sporting CP (2nd) Netherlands Ajax (1st) Belgium Club Brugge (1st) Austria Red Bull Salzburg (1st)
Scotland Celtic (1st) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (Abd-1st)[Note UKR]
Play-off round CH Turkey Trabzonspor (1st) Denmark Copenhagen (1st)
Third qualifying round CH Cyprus Apollon Limassol (1st) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (1st)
LP France Monaco (3rd) Portugal Benfica (3rd) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (2nd) Belgium Union Saint-Gilloise (2nd)
Austria Sturm Graz (2nd) Scotland Rangers (2nd)
Second qualifying round CH Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (1st) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st) Switzerland Zürich (1st) Greece Olympiacos (1st)
Israel Maccabi Haifa (1st)
LP Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (Abd-2nd)[Note UKR] Turkey Fenerbahçe (2nd) Denmark Midtjylland (2nd) Cyprus AEK Larnaca (2nd)
First qualifying round Norway Bodø/Glimt (1st) Sweden Malmö FF (1st) Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st) Romania CFR Cluj (1st)
Azerbaijan Qarabağ (1st) Kazakhstan Tobol (1st) Hungary Ferencváros (1st) Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk (1st)
Poland Lech Poznań (1st) Slovenia Maribor (1st) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (1st) Lithuania Žalgiris (1st)
Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski (1st) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (1st) North Macedonia Shkupi (1st)
Armenia Pyunik (1st) Latvia RFS (1st) Albania Tirana (1st) Northern Ireland Linfield (1st)
Georgia Dinamo Batumi (1st) Finland HJK (1st) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (1st) Malta Hibernians (1st)
Faroe Islands (1st) Kosovo Ballkani (1st) Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps (1st) Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić (1st)
Wales The New Saints (1st)
Preliminary round Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík (1st) Estonia FCI Levadia (1st) Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes (1st) San Marino La Fiorita (1st)

Notes

  1. ^ Liechtenstein (LIE): The seven teams affiliated with the Liechtenstein Football Association (LFV) all play in the Swiss football league system. The only competition organised by the LFV is the Liechtenstein Football Cup – the winners of which qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League.
  2. ^ Russia (RUS): On 28 February 2022, Russian football clubs and national teams were suspended from FIFA and UEFA competitions due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. On 2 May 2022, UEFA confirmed that Russian clubs would be excluded from the 2022–23 UEFA competitions.
  3. ^ Ukraine (UKR): The 2021–22 Ukrainian Premier League was abandoned due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The top two teams of the league at the time of the abandonment (Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv) were selected to play in the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League by the Football Federation of Ukraine.

Schedule

The schedule of the competition is as follows. All matches are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays apart from the preliminary round final. Scheduled kick-off times starting from the play-off round are 18:45 and 21:00 CEST/CET.

As the World Cup takes place in Qatar between 21 November and 18 December 2022, the group stage will commence in the first week of September 2022 and conclude in the first week of November 2022 to make way for the World Cup.

All draws start at 12:00 CEST/CET and are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Schedule for 2022–23 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 7 June 2022 21 June 2022 (semi-finals) 24 June 2022 (final)
First qualifying round 14 June 2022 5–6 July 2022 12–13 July 2022
Second qualifying round 15 June 2022 19–20 July 2022 26–27 July 2022
Third qualifying round 18 July 2022 2–3 August 2022 9 August 2022
Play-offs 2 August 2022 16–17 August 2022 23–24 August 2022
Group stage Matchday 1 25 August 2022 6–7 September 2022
Matchday 2 13–14 September 2022
Matchday 3 4–5 October 2022
Matchday 4 11–12 October 2022
Matchday 5 25–26 October 2022
Matchday 6 1–2 November 2022
Knockout phase Round of 16 7 November 2022 14–15 & 21–22 February 2023 7–8 & 14–15 March 2023
Quarter-finals TBD 2023 11–12 April 2023 18–19 April 2023
Semi-finals 9–10 May 2023 16–17 May 2023
Final 10 June 2023 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul

Qualifying rounds

Main article: 2022–23 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round

Preliminary round

First qualifying round

The first legs will be played on 5 and 6 July, and the second legs will be played on 12 and 13 July 2022.

The winners of the ties will advance to the Champions Path second qualifying round. The losers will be transferred to the Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Pyunik Flag of Armenia Match 1 Flag of Romania CFR Cluj 5 Jul 13 Jul
Maribor Flag of Slovenia Match 2 Flag of Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 6 Jul 13 Jul
Ludogorets Razgrad Flag of Bulgaria Match 3 Flag of Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 5 Jul 12 Jul
F91 Dudelange Flag of Luxembourg Match 4 Flag of Albania Tirana 6 Jul 12 Jul
Tobol Flag of Kazakhstan Match 5 Flag of Hungary Ferencváros 6 Jul 13 Jul
Malmö FF Flag of Sweden Match 6 Flag of Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík 5 Jul 12 or 13 Jul
Ballkani Flag of Kosovo Match 7 Flag of Lithuania Žalgiris 5 Jul 12 Jul
HJK Flag of Finland Match 8 Flag of Latvia RFS 6 Jul 12 Jul
Bodø/Glimt Flag of Norway Match 9 Flag of Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík 6 Jul 12 Jul
The New Saints Flag of Wales Match 10 Flag of Northern Ireland Linfield 5 Jul 13 Jul
Shamrock Rovers Flag of Republic of Ireland Match 11 Flag of Malta Hibernians 5 Jul 12 Jul
Lech Poznań Flag of Poland Match 12 Flag of Azerbaijan Qarabağ 5 Jul 12 Jul
Shkupi Flag of North Macedonia Match 13 Flag of Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 5 Jul 12 Jul
Zrinjski Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Match 14 Flag of Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 6 Jul 13 Jul
Slovan Bratislava Flag of Slovakia Match 15 Flag of Georgia Dinamo Batumi 6 Jul 13 Jul

Second qualifying round

Third qualifying round

Play-off round

Main article: 2022–23 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round#Play-off round


Group stage

Main article: 2022–23 UEFA Champions League group stage

The draw for the group stage will be held on 25 August 2022. The 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots, each of eight teams, based on the following principles:

  • Pot 1 contains the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2021 UEFA country coefficients. Since the Champions League titleholders, Real Madrid, are also the champions of Association 2 (Spain), the champions of Association 7 (Netherlands), Ajax, will also be seeded into Pot 1.

Teams from the same association can't be drawn into the same group.

Eintracht Frankfurt will make their debut appearance in the group stage after winning the Europa League in the previous season. This also marks the first time that five German clubs enter the group stage.

Pot 1

Pot 2

Pot 3

Pot 3 or 4

  • France Marseille CC: 44.000
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (League Path)

Pot 4

  • Belgium Club Brugge CC: 38.500
  • Scotland Celtic CC: 33.000
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)

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