Which teams are in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League? Confirmed clubs, group stage field, tournament rules and format


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The Aug. 25 group stage draw for the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League is right around the corner with all group matches taking place prior to the break for the FIFA World Cup in November.

Reigning title holders Real Madrid will be looking to add to their record Champions League haul (14 trophies and counting), while 31 other teams will have aspirations of unseating them as the best team in Europe.

A total of 46 teams will have seen their Champions League dreams ended prior to that group stage draw with five rounds of qualifying sending just six clubs into the group stage draw.

The Sporting News outlines everything you need to know to get ready for the 2022/23 Champions League.

MORE: Full rundown of the 2022/23 Champions League qualifying rounds

Teams in Champions League group stage 2022/23

The 32-team group stage for the 2022/23 Champions League tournament is only missing six more teams that will earn their place in the playoff round of qualifying.

The group stage draw with eight groups of four teams will be held on Aug. 25, 2022.

Nation
Club
UEFA CoefficientRanking
How qualified
Austria
RB Salzburg
21
1st, Austria Bundesliga
Belgium
Club Brugge
44
1st, Jupiler Pro League
England
Manchester City
3
1st, English Premier League
England
Liverpool
2
2nd, English Premier League
England
Chelsea
5
3rd, English Premier League
England
Tottenham Hotspur
14
4th, English Premier League
France
PSG
7
1st, Ligue 1
France
Olympique Marseille
38
2nd, Ligue 1
Germany
Bayern Munich
1
1st, Bundesliga
Germany
Borussia Dortmund
19
2nd, Bundesliga
Germany
Bayer Leverkusen
30
3rd, Bundesliga
Germany
RB Leipzig
13
4th, Bundesliga
Germany
Eintracht Frankfurt
26
Europa League winners
Italy
AC Milan
45
1st, Serie A
Italy
Inter Milan
23
2nd, Serie A
Italy
Napoli
25
3rd, Serie A
Italy
Juventus
8
4th, Serie A
Netherlands
Ajax
15
1st, Eredivisie
Portugal
Porto
16
1st, Liga Portugal
Portugal
Sporting CP
28
2nd, Liga Portugal
Scotland
Celtic
51
1st, Scottish Premiership
Spain
Real Madrid
4
1st, La Liga
Spain
Barcelona
6
2nd, La Liga
Spain
Atletico Madrid
9
3rd, La Liga
Spain
Sevilla
12
4th, La Liga
Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk
22
1st, Ukraine Premier League
TBD
Maccabi/Apollon vs.Red Star/Pyunik
TBD
Playoff Qualifying
TBD
FC Copenhagen vs.Trabzonspor
TBD
Playoff Qualifying
TBD
Bodo Glimt/Zalgiris vs.Ludogorets/D. Zagreb
TBD
Playoff Qualifying
TBD
Qarabag/Ferencvaros vs.Sheriff/Plzen
TBD
Playoff Qualifying
TBD
Rangers/USG vs.Monaco/PSV
TBD
Playoff Qualifying
TBD
D. Kyiv/Sturm Graz vs.Midtjylland/Benfica
TBD
Playoff Qualifying

MORE: Champions League top goalscorers 2021-22: Updated rankings

2022-23 Champions League teams by nation

Countries listed in order of UEFA coefficient

No. ofclubs
Nation
Clubs
5
Germany
Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt
4
England
Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham
4
Italy
AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, Juventus
4
Spain
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
2
France
PSG, Olympique Marseille
2
Portugal
Porto, Sporting CP
1
Austria
RB Salzburg
1
Belgium
Club Brugge
1
Netherlands
Ajax
1
Scotland
Celtic
1
Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk

When does the Champions League group stage start?

Once this year’s Champions League winner is crowned on May 28, the planning for next season’s competition begins almost immediately.

Remember, a worldwide club football break is being taken from late November through to late December, to make room for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

That will condense the schedule and push matches on all fronts back later than usual.

Champions League 2022-23 key dates

Qualifying Stage (played in 2022)

Preliminary round semifinals: June 21
Preliminary round final: June 24
First Qualifying Rd.: July 5-6 (Leg 1) & July 12-13 (Leg 2)
Second Qualifying Rd.: July 19-20 (Leg 1) & July 26-27 (Leg 2)
Third Qualifying Rd.: Aug. 2-3 (Leg 1) & Aug. 9 (Leg 2)
Playoffs: Aug. 16-17 (Leg 1), Aug. 23-24 (Leg 2)

Group Stage (32 teams):

Matchday 1: Sept. 6-7
Matchday 2: Sept. 13-14
Matchday 3: Oct. 4-5
Matchday 4: Oct. 11-12
Matchday 5: Oct. 25-26
Matchday 6: Nov. 1-2

Knockout Stage (played in 2023):

Rd. of 16: Feb. 14/15 & 21/22 (Leg 1) & Mar. 7/8 & 14/15 (Leg 2)
Quarterfinals: April 11-12 (Leg 1) & April 18-19 (Leg 2)
Semifinals: May 9-10 (Leg 1), & May 16-17 (Leg 2)
Final: June 10

MORE: When and where is the 2023 Champions League final?

When are the Champions League draws in 2022/23?

The draw schedule for the tournament began in June, just 10 days after the 2021/22 final is held in Saint-Denis, France.

Champions League 2022-23 draws

Preliminary round: June 7, 2022
First qualifying round: June 14, 2022
Second qualifying round: June 15, 2022
Third qualifying round: July 18, 2022
Playoff round: Aug. 2, 2022
Group stage: Aug. 25, 2022
Round of 16: Nov. 7, 2022
Quarterfinals & semifinals: Mar. 17, 2023

MORE: All 32 teams that participated in the 2021-22 Champions League

How Champions League places are determined

Every year, UEFA shuffles the deck using updated UEFA country coefficient rankings to determine how many spots in cup competitions are assigned to each country. The UEFA club coefficient rankings are different and are used to determine seeds throughout the competition.

The country rankings are calculated each year based on how teams from each domestic league perform in European competition.

It is no surprise that England is the top-ranked nation in the country coefficient list, with an English club winning two of the last four titles through 2021/22, and seeing four different clubs reach the final across the last four competitions.

Spain, Italy, and Germany round out the top four, and each of those leagues earn four Champions League places.

Nations ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in the country coefficient list, France and Portugal, earn three places with third-place teams entering the qualifying rounds. Nations ranked No. 7 through No. 15 have two Champions League places each, including the qualifiers.

Click here to see UEFA’s full infographic of all qualifying positions by nation and league finish.

What happens if the Champions League winners also qualify via their domestic league?

The Champions League winners are guaranteed a place in next season’s competition regardless of their domestic league finish.

If a team wins the competition and also qualifies via their domestic league finish, that does not mean that another club from the country gets a spot in the Champions League.

Instead, the highest-ranked nation in the country coefficient list without a club in the group stage would be bumped up, and their champion would go directly through to the group stage.

Since Real Madrid won the Champions League title in 2021/22 and also topped La Liga in Spain, the extra automatic berth went to the next nation in the country coefficient list (Ukraine) given Russia was banned from competing in 2022/23. That meant an automatic group-stage berth to Shakhtar Donetsk instead of forcing it to go through the qualifying stages.

With Ukraine bumped up, the rest of the competition is reconfigured in a similar fashion, with each nation bumped up to a higher round. For example, Shakhtar’s spot in the playoff round was taken by Denmark’s champion FC Copenhagen, with the next country in line taking the spot vacated by FC Copenhagen. And the trickle effect is applied to the rest of the tournament.

How does Russia’s ban affect Champions League places?

Due to the war in Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA announced in February that Russia would be indefinitely banned from competition on both an international and a club level. On May 2, UEFA announced that Russian clubs were disqualified from competing in the 2022/23 editions of all European tournaments.

With Russia’s two slots vacated, it left one gap in the group stage and one gap in the third qualifying round. The group stage place was filled by the highest-ranking qualifier left in the playoff round (Scotland’s league champion).

That, ironically enough, put Ukraine next in line to get a group stage spot when Real Madrid won the 2021/22 tournament and also qualified from its league. So in addition to Scotland, Ukraine was the biggest beneficiary of Russia’s exclusion.

Ukraine’s own places in the competition took some resolving, as the league was suspended on Feb. 24 due to the war, and it was officially abandoned on April 26. The Ukrainian Football League decided to award its two Champions League places to the top two teams in the table as of the suspension of the league, with Shakhtar Donetsk in first and Dynamo Kyiv in second.

Where is the Champions League final 2023?

All roads during the 2022/23 tournament will lead to Turkey.

The 2023 final is due to be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, a place which holds special memories for Liverpool.

The venue was the location for their famous 2005 Champions League triumph, where they fought back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties.


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