The first rounds of fixtures for this season’s elite European competition Champions League will be determined by the group stage draw for 2022–23.
Real Madrid and Liverpool will be among the favourites to win the trophy. Real Madrid is the defending champion after defeating Liverpool in last season’s final in Paris by a score of 1-0.
Here’s what you need to know about the draw that will pit some of the best European teams against each other for the 2022/23 season.
Where to watch the Champions League 2022/23 group stage draw
UEFA’s official YouTube channel is the place to go around the globe if you want to watch the group stage draw.
How to watch the Champions League 2022/23 group stage draw in Nigeria
Viewers can watch the draw at 17:00 on DSTV SuperSport. Live coverage starts at 16:00, with the event being held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Champions League 2022/23 group stage draw on TV and live stream in Nigeria
Date: 25 August 2022
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Stream: UEFA YouTube channel, DSTV Now App
Who has qualified for the Champions League 2022/23 group stage?
With the exception of Eintracht Frankfurt, who won the Europa League, 26 teams have automatically qualified for the Champions League based on how they finished in the league in 2021–2022.
Six more teams will advance to the group stages if they win the play-off qualifiers.
The 32 teams will then be arranged into four separate pots for the draw, which will take place on August 25. The Champions League and Europa League champions as well as the league champions of the six top-ranked nations make up Pot 1. The rankings of club coefficients then determine pots two through four.
- Real Madrid
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Manchester City
- AC Milan
- Bayern Munich
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Atletico Madrid
- RB Leipzig
- Borussia Dortmund
- Red Bull Salzburg
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Sporting CP
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Club Brugge
- Viktoria Plzen
- Maccabi Haifa
Teams cannot draw another side from their own association.
When does the Champions League 2022/23 group stage begin?
Tuesday, September 6, and Wednesday, September 7, will mark the first matchdays of the 2022–23 Champions League group stage.
The final matchdays are November 1 and 2, and each team plays six games in total. To make up for the winter World Cup in Qatar, the group stage has been shortened to eight weeks in total.
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
Where is the Champions League 2022/23 final?
The Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, will host the 2022–23 Champions League championship match. A record-breaking UCL final featuring Liverpool defeating AC Milan took place there in 2005. The stadium has a capacity of 75,000 spectators.
When is the Champions League 2022/23 final?
The final will take place on Saturday 10 June.