UEFA Champions League 2022-2023: Schedule, Qualifying matches, Final

The 68th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament, UEFA Champions League 2022–23 will be organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Defending champions are Real Madrid and all the others teams will fight them for current year championship. Final of the league will take place at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on 10 June 2023.

Winners of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League 2021–22 will be given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League 2022–23 through their domestic league.

UEFA Champions League 2022 Important Dates

To accommodate the winter World Cup, the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 will begin earlier this season. Check out the important dates here. It is important to note that dates are subject to change.

Champions League draws

Events Dates
Preliminary round 7 June 2022
First qualifying round 14 June 2022
Second qualifying round 15 June 2022
Third qualifying round 18 July 2022
Play-off round 2 August 2022
Group stage 25 August 2022
Round of 16 7 November 2022
Quarter-finals & semi-finals 17 March 2022

Champions League qualifying matches

Events Dates
Preliminary round semi-finals 21 June 2022
Preliminary round final 24 June 2022
First qualifying round 5/6 & 12/13 July 2022
Second qualifying round 19/20 & 26/27 July 2022
Third qualifying round 2/3 & 9 August 2022
Play-offs 16/17 & 23/24 August 2022

Champions League group stage

Events Dates
Match day 1 6/7 September 2022
Match day 2 13/14 September 2022
Match day 3 4/5 October 2022
Match day 4 11/12 October 2022
Match day 5 25/26 October 2022
Match day 6 1/2 November 2022

Champions League knockout stages

Events Dates
Round of 16 14/15/21/22 February & 7/8/14/15 March 2023
Quarter-finals 11/12 & 18/19 April 2023
Semi-finals 9/10 & 16/17 May 2023
Final 10 June 2023

Allocation of Association Team

A total of 78 teams from 53 UEFA member associations will participate in the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League. Association ranking is given to the teams on the basis of UEFA association coefficients and the number of participating teams for each association will be thus calculated.

Associations 1–4 (England to Germany) will each have four teams to qualify.

Associations 5–6 (France & Portugal) will each have three teams to qualify.

Associations 7–15 (Belgium to Cyprus) will each have two teams to qualify.

Associations 16–55 (Serbia to San Marino) will each have one team to qualify.

Association ranking for 2022–23 UEFA Champions League

Association Teams Association Teams Association Teams
England 4 Greece 1 Armenia 1
Spain Israel Latvia
Italy Norway Albania
Germany Sweden Northern Ireland
France 3 Bulgaria Georgia
Portugal Romania Finland
Netherlands 2 Azerbaijan Moldova
Russia* 0 Kazakhstan Malta
Belgium 2 Hungary Faroe Islands
Austria Belarus Kosovo
Scotland Poland Gibraltar
Ukraine Slovenia Montenegro
Turkey Slovakia Wales
Denmark Liechtenstein* 0 Iceland
Cyprus Lithuania 1 Estonia
Serbia 1 Luxembourg Andorra
Czech Republic Bosnia and Herzegovina San Marino
Croatia Republic of Ireland  
Switzerland North Macedonia

*Russia and Liechtenstein will not be participating in the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League. Russia is banned from participating due to 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and Liechtenstein does not organize a domestic league.

How different teams will enter and advance through different rounds?

Let us have a look at how different participating team will enter and advance through different rounds of 2022–23 UEFA Champions League:

Preliminary round (4 teams):

  • 4 champions from associations 52–55 will enter this round

First qualifying round (30 teams):

  • 29 champions from associations 22–51 will enter this round and 1 winner from the preliminary round will advance to this round

Second qualifying round (24 teams):

  • Champions Path (20 teams) – 5 champions from associations 17–21 will enter this round and 15 winners from the first qualifying round will advance to this round
  • League Path (4 teams) – 4 runners-up from associations 12–15 will enter this round

Third qualifying round (20 teams):

  • Champions Path (12 teams)- 2 champions from associations 15–16 will enter this round and 10 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path) will advance to this round
  • League Path (8 teams)- 4 runners-up from associations 7–11 & 2 third-placed teams from associations 5–6 will enter this round and 2 winners from the second qualifying round (League Path) will advance to this round

Play-off round (12 teams):

  • Champions Path (8 teams)- 2 champions from associations 13–14 will enter this round and 6 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path) will advance to this round
  • League Path (4 teams)- 4 winners from the third qualifying round (League Path) will advance to this round

Group stage (32 teams):

  • Europa League title holders, 11 champions from associations 1–12, 6 runners-up from associations 1–6, 4 third-placed teams from associations 1–4 & 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4 will enter this round and 4 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path) & 2 winners from the play-off round (League Path) will advance to this round

Knockout phase (16 teams):

  • 8 group winners from the group stage & 8 group runners-up from the group stage will advance to this round

Venue for UEFA Champions League Final 2022-23

The final match of 2022-23 Champions League Final will take place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. The stadium has a seated capacity of more than 75000.

UEFA Champions League Final 2022-23 Winner

  • The winner of the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League will automatically qualify for the 2023–24 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  • UEFA Champions League 2022-23 winner will also play against the winner of the 2022–23 UEFA Europa League in the 2023 UEFA Super Cup.

FAQs

What are the upcoming UEFA Champions League finals?

Upcoming 2023 Champions League finals that will be held in Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Türkiye, 2024 Champions League finals will be held in Wembley Stadium, London, England and 2025 Champions League finals that will be held in Munich Football Arena, Munich, Germany.

How many UEFA Champions League cup have been held previously?

Earlier known as European Champion Clubs’ Cup, the tournament will be the 31st season since the name change and 68th overall.

Who holds the most title to UEFA Champions League?

Real Madrid holds the most title to UEFA Champions League and have won a record fourteen title.

What is association coefficient?

UEFA association coefficients will take into account the performance of various teams in European competitions from 2016–17 to 2020–21

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