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2022/23 Champions League: Qualification dates, draws & schedule

Jude Summerfield
Real Madrid are the defending champions
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The road to the 2022/23 Champions League has started with some of the earliest qualifying matches being scheduled.

A large number of Europe's elite clubs have qualified already through league position, though a fair few teams can still book their spot in next season's competition by winning qualifiers throughout the summer.

Here are all the dates you need in the build-up to the 2022/23 Champions League.


2022/23 Champions League qualification dates

  • 14 June: First qualifying round draw
  • 15 June: Second qualifying round draw
  • 21 June: Preliminary round semi-finals
  • 24 June: Preliminary round final
  • 5/6 July: First qualifying round first legs
  • 12/13 July: First qualifying round second legs
  • 18 July: Third qualifying round draw
  • 19/20 July: Second qualifying round first legs
  • 26/27 July: Second qualifying round second legs
  • 2 August: Play-off round draw
  • 2/3 August: Third qualifying round first legs
  • 9 August: Third qualifying round second legs
  • 16/17 August: Play-off round first legs
  • 23/24 August: Play-off round second legs

Preliminary round semi-finals

  • Levadia Tallinn 1-6 Vikingur Reykjavik - 21 June
  • La Fiorita 1-2 Inter Club d'Escaldes - 21 June

Preliminary round final

  • Inter Club d'Escaldes 0-1 Víkingur
  • Reykjavik - 24 June

First qualifying round

5 July

  • Pyunik vs CFR Cluj
  • Malmoe FF vs Vikingur Reykjavik
  • Ludogorets Razgrad vs Sutjeska
  • Ballkani vs Zalgiris Vilnius
  • The New Saints vs Linfield
  • Lech Poznan vs Qarabag FK
  • Shamrock Rovers vs Hibernians
  • Shkupi vs Lincoln Red Imps FC

6 July

  • Tobol Kostanay vs Ferencvaros
  • HJK vs RFS
  • Bodo/Glimt vs Klaksvik
  • F91 Dudelange vs KF Tirana
  • Zrinjski Mostar vs FC Sheriff
  • Maribor vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk
  • Slovan Bratislava vs Dinamo Batumi

12 July

  • RFS vs HJK
  • Zalgiris Vilnius vs Ballkani
  • Qarabag FK vs Lech Poznan
  • Lincoln Red Imps FC vs Shkupi
  • Hibernians vs Shamrock Rovers
  • Klaksvik vs Bodo/Glimt
  • KF Tirana vs F91 Dudelange
  • Linfield vs The New Saints
  • Sutjeska vs Ludogorets Razgrad
  • Vikingur Reykjavik vs Malmo FF

13 July

  • FC Sheriff vs Zrinjski Mostar
  • Dinamo Batumi vs Slovan Bratislava
  • Shakhtyor Soligorsk vs Maribor
  • Ferencvaros vs Tobol Kostanay
  • CFR Cluj vs Pyunik

Second qualifying round

Champions Path

20 July

  • Maccabi Haifa vs Olympiacos

27 July

  • Olympiacos vs Maccabi Haifa

Qualified teams with fixtures to be determined: Dinamo Zagreb, Zurich, Viktoria Plzen

League Path

19 July

  • FC Midtjylland vs AEK Larnaca
  • Dynamo Kyiv vs Fenerbahce

26 July

  • AEK Larnaca vs FC Midtjylland

27 July

  • Fenerbahce vs Dynamo Kyiv

2022/23 Champions League group stage draw

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

The 32 competing teams will be drawn into eight groups, with each team seeded into four pots - each of eight teams.


Confirmed 2022/23 Champions League group stage pots

Pot 1 contains the Europa League winners and the champions of UEFA's top seven associations based on their country coefficients.

Teams from the same association cannot be drawn together. Neither can any sides from Ukraine and Belarus, due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


2022/23 Champions League group stage schedule

Once all the teams have been assigned groups, it'll only be a few weeks until the first games of the group stage kick off in September. Most of the action will come in October, with each club playing three times, before the sixth matchday in early November.

  • Matchday 1 - 6/7 September
  • Matchday 2 - 13/14 September
  • Matchday 3 - 4/5 October
  • Matchday 4 - 11/12 October
  • Matchday 5 - 25/26 October
  • Matchday 6 - 1/2 November

2022/23 Champions League knockout stage schedule

Once progression or elimination for all teams has been confirmed by the end of the group stage, draws will be made to determine who faces who in the knockout rounds.

The draw for the last 16 is made on 7 November, with the quarter final, semi final and final paths set out on 17 March.

  • Last 16 - 14/15, 21/22 February (first leg), 7/8, 14/15 March
  • Quarter finals - 11/12 April (first leg), 18/19 April (second leg)
  • Semi finals - 9/10 May (first leg), 16/17 May (second leg)
  • Final - 10 June

Who has qualified for the 2022/23 Champions League?

The following teams have qualified for the 2022/23 Champions League.

  • Real Madrid
  • Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Manchester City
  • Liverpool
  • Chelsea
  • Tottenham
  • Barcelona
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Sevilla
  • AC Milan
  • Inter
  • Napoli
  • Juventus
  • Bayern Munich
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • RB Leipzig
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Marseille
  • Porto
  • Sporting CP
  • Ajax
  • Club Brugge
  • Red Bull Salzburg
  • Celtic
  • Shakhtar Donetsk

The following teams could still qualify for the competition.

Play-off round

  • Trabzonspor
  • Copenhagen

Third qualifying round

  • Apollo Limassol
  • Red Star Belgrade

Second qualifying round

  • Viktoria Plzen
  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • Zurich
  • Olympiacos
  • Maccabi Haifa

First qualifying round

  • Bodo/Glimt
  • Malmo
  • Ludogorets Razgrad
  • CFR Cluj
  • Qarabag
  • Tobol
  • Ferencvaros
  • Shakhtyor Soligorsk
  • Lech Poznan
  • Maribor
  • Slovan Bratislava
  • Zalgiris
  • F91 Dudelange
  • Zrinjski
  • Shamrock Rovers
  • Shkupi
  • Pyunik
  • RFS
  • Tirana
  • Linfield
  • Dinamo Batumi
  • HJK
  • Sheriff Tiraspol
  • Hibernians
  • KI
  • Ballkani
  • Lincoln Red Imps
  • Sutjeska Niksic
  • The New Saints
  • Víkingur

League Path

Second qualifying round

  • Dynamo Kyiv
  • Midtjylland
  • Fenerbahce
  • Larnaca

Third qualifying round

  • Benfica
  • Rangers
  • PSV Eindhoven
  • Monaco
  • Sturm Graz
  • Union Saint-Gilloise

Where is the 2022/23 Champions League final?

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

The stadium previously hosted 2005's classic final between Liverpool and AC Milan, where the Reds came from 3-0 down to win the trophy on penalties.

Istanbul was supposed to be the scene for 2020's showpiece, but the Covid-19 pandemic saw the game postponed and moved to Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. 2021 again saw the final taken from Turkey to Portugal, with Estadio do Dragao hosting Manchester City and Chelsea.

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