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

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All eyes will soon turn to the UEFA Champions League as Europe’s top competition gets set for the group stage.

The 32 clubs involved in the group stage will include all the European heavyweights, including Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, and defending champions Real Madrid.

Among the field of 32 will be the six clubs that emerge from the five rounds of summer qualifying that culminate in the decisive playoff round. The winners of the six aggregate-goal playoff series will earn a place in the lucrative group stage, which comes with guaranteed prize money for every participating club.

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

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When is the Champions League group stage draw?

The Champions League group stage will take place at 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BST on Thursday August 25, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey, host of the 2023 Champions League final.

The draw will see 32 teams split into eight groups of four. During the draw, UEFA will select one team from each of four pots to make up each group.

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How to watch the 2022/23 Champions League

Country TV channel Streaming
UK BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport app, BTSport.com
USA CBSSN, Univision, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+, ViX+
Australia  — Stan Sport
Canada  — DAZN

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Teams in the Champions League group stage draw

Pot 1 will consist of the defending Champions League (Real Madrid) and Europa League (Eintracht Frankfurt) title winners, plus the reigning league champions of each of the top six nations as ranked by UEFA country coefficient list.

Since Real Madrid are the Spanish league champions (a top-six nation) as well as defending UEFA Champions League holders, the Pot 1 spot reserved for the Spanish champions is assigned to the next best nation in the coefficient list. In this case, the Netherlands and its reigning Eredivisie champion Ajax were elevated to Pot 1.

As for Pots 2, 3, and 4, those are based on the UEFA club coefficient list, which is a mathematical formula to evaluate a specific club’s performance in domestic and continental competitions over the past five years. Each club’s UEFA club coefficient ranking is included for Pots 2-4 since club seeding in those pots is based on the coefficient ranking. Olympique Marseille could yet be bumped into Pot 4 depending on the results of the six playoff matchups.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Real Madrid (Champions Lg) 2-Liverpool 19-Borussia Dortmund 44-Club Brugge
Eintracht Frankfurt (Europa Lg) 5-Chelsea 21-RB Salzburg 51-Celtic
Manchester City (1st, England) 6-Barcelona 22-Shakhtar 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-Atletico Madrid 25-Napoli 94-Bodo/Glimt or 34-Dinamo Zagreb
PSG (1st, France) 12-Sevilla 28-Sporting CP 64-Qarabag or 55-Viktoria Plzen
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 make up the eight groups of four teams. Clubs from the same country cannot be drawn in the same group and must be moved to the next available group.

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

Champions League playoff round qualifiers

The winners of the following aggregate-goal playoff series will join the 26 other clubs in the Champions League group stage draw.

Champions Path

Match 1st Leg 2nd Leg
Maccabi Haifa (Israel) vs. Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) 3-2 Aug. 23
FC Copenhagen (Denmark) vs. Trabzonspor (Turkey) 2-1 Aug. 24
FK Bodo/Glimt (Norway) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 1-0 Aug. 24
Qarabag (Azerbaijan) vs. Viktoria Plzen (Czech Rep.) 0-0 Aug. 23

League Path

Match 1st Leg 2nd Leg
Rangers (Scotland) vs. PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 2-2 Aug. 24
Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) vs. Benfica (Portugal) 0-2 Aug. 23

Champions League fixtures 2022/23

Preliminary & qualifying rounds schedule

Round Draw 1st Leg 2nd Leg
Preliminary qualifying round June 7, 2022 June 21, 2022 June 24, 2022
First qualifying round June 14, 2022 July 5-6, 2022 July 12-13, 2022
Second qualifying round June 15, 2022 July 19-20, 2022 July 26-27, 2022
Third qualifying round July 18, 2022 Aug. 2-3, 2022 Aug. 9-10, 2022
Playoff round Aug. 2, 2022 Aug. 16-17, 2022 Aug. 23-24, 2022

Group stage schedule

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

Matchday Dates
1 Sept. 6-7, 2022
2 Sept. 13-14, 2022
3 Oct. 4-5, 2022
4 Oct. 11-12, 2022
5 Oct. 25-26, 2022
6 Nov. 1-2, 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 (quarterfinals and semifinals) of the 2022/23 Champions League knockout stage will take place on March 17, 2023.

Round 1st Leg 2nd Leg
Round of 16 Feb. 14-22, 2023 Mar. 7-15, 2023
Quarterfinals Apr. 11-12, 2023 Apr. 18-19, 2023
Semifinals May 9-10, 2023 May 16-17, 2023
Final June 10, 2023

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