UEFA Champions League 2022/23: Matches, draws, final
UEFA Champions League 2022/23
What are the match dates? When are the draws? Where is the 2023 final? See the key dates, schedule, fixtures for qualifying, group stage and knockout rounds – plus discover 2024 and 2025 Champions League final hosts.
The 68th season of Europe’s premier club competition will begin on June 21, 2022, and will last through June 10, 2023. This will be the 31st season under the new name, UEFA Champions League.
Please note that dates are approximate and are subject to change.
When do UEFA Champions League 2022/23 qualifying matches start?
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
When does the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 group stage start?
Matchday 1: 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
When do the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 start?
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
Where is the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 final in 2023?
The final will take place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, home of the Turkish national team. The venue famously hosted the 2005 decider, when Liverpool recovered from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’.
Istanbul was initially selected to host the 2020 final, but this was moved to Lisbon due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the 2021 showpiece was due to take place in Istanbul, only for this also to be relocated – to Porto – to allow fans of each team to attend.
Atatürk Olympic Stadium
The Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul will host the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 final on June 10, 2023.
The facility, which was created to aid Turkey’s bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, opened in 2002 and is the base for the Turkish national team. It is located in the city’s Başakşehir neighborhood, west of the Bosphorus, and has a seating capacity of more than 75,000 people. Read more>>>
Upcoming UEFA Champions League finals
2023: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Türkiye
2024: Wembley Stadium, London, England
2025: Munich Football Arena, Munich, Germany
When are the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 draws?
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 2023
UEFA Champions League 2022/23 group stage draw
The UEFA Champions League 2022/23 group stage draw will happen on August 25.
On August 25, in Istanbul, Turkey, the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League group stage draw will take place. It will be streamed live beginning at 18:00 CET.
26 automatic qualifiers and six play-off round winners, whose identities will be made public on August 23 and 24, will be included in the draw.
The final confirmation of the lineup comes from UEFA.
Automatically qualified teams.
Real Madrid (ESP, Champions League holders)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER, Europa League holders)
Manchester City (ENG)
AC Milan (ITA)
Bayern München (GER)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
RB Leipzig (GER)
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Sporting CP (POR)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Club Brugge (BEL)
How the draw works
- 32 teams are involved in the draw, including the six play-off match winners and the 26 teams who received direct entry into the groups.
- Four seeding pots will be used to group the teams. The champions of the six highest-ranked nations who did not qualify via one of the 2021/22 titles will be in Pot 1, along with the holders, UEFA Europa League champions, and the current holders. Pots 2 through 4 will be determined by the club coefficient rankings.
- Clubs will be paired in associations with two representatives to divide their games between Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Two pairings will be made for associations with four representatives each. These pairings should be determined by TV viewers.
- No team is allowed to play a team from their own league. Any additional limitations will be disclosed before the draw.
What happens next?
Fixtures will be confirmed after the draw for a group stage which will be contracted over an eight-week period this autumn because of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The top two teams in each group advance to the round of 16.
The third-placed sides in each group transfer to the UEFA Europa League knockout stage, where they will face the UEFA Europa League group runners-up for places in the last 16.
What are the key dates?
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
Round of 16 draw: 7 November