What teams will participate in the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League? Confirmed clubs, qualification rules and exceptions

The 2021-22 Champions League looks quite ready for an exciting climax, but for many clubs, ideas are already beginning to turn to next year’s tournament.

With the hunt for four teams still ahead of this season’s semi-finals, it’s time to take a look at how to build next year’s competition.

There are still many questions to be answered, but many are known as well.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Villarreal are the remaining teams in the competition this season. Three of those teams have already confirmed a place in next year’s tournament as well, based solely on their placement on the domestic league table, while Villarreal could also confirm their place in the 2022-23 edition by lifting this season’s cup.

Here Sporting News brings you everything you need to know to prepare for the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League.

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When does the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League start?

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

Remember that the football break for clubs around the world will be taken from late November to late December, to make way for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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

UEFA Champions League 2022-23 Key Dates

Rehabilitation stages

  • Semi-finals of the preliminary round: June 21 2022
  • Final preliminary round: June 24, 2022
  • First qualifying round: July 5-6 (leg 1) and July 12-13 (leg 2)
  • Second qualifying round: July 19-20 (leg 1) and July 26-27 (leg 2)
  • Third qualifying round: August 2-3 (1 leg) and August 9 (leg 2)
  • Qualifiers: August 16-17 (first round), August 23-24 (2nd home)

Group stage (32 teams):

  • Round 1: 6-7 September 2022
  • 2 round: From 13 to 14 September 2022
  • 3 round: 4-5 October 2022
  • 4 round: 11-12 October 2022
  • 5 round: 25-26 October 2022
  • 6 round: 1-2 November 2022

Knockout stage (played in 2023):

  • Round of 16: February 14, 15, 21, 22 (first round) and 7, 8, 14, 15 (second round)
  • Quarter-finals: April 11-12 (first leg) and April 18-19 (second leg)
  • semi final: May 9-10 (leg 1) and May 16-17 (leg 2)
  • ultimate: June 10

More: When and where will the 2023 Champions League final be?

When is the draw for the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League?

The draw schedule for next season’s competition begins in June, just 10 days after the 2021-22 final which was held in Saint-Denis, France.

UEFA Champions League 2022-23 Draw

  • Preliminary role: 7 June 2022
  • First qualifying round: June 14, 2022
  • Second qualifying round: June 15 2022
  • Third qualifying round: July 18 2022
  • cut-off round: August 2, 2022
  • Group stage: August 25 2022
  • Round of 16: 7 November 2022
  • Quarter-finals and semi-final rounds: TBC

Which teams qualified for the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League?

Here are all the countries with multiple teams in the UEFA Champions League in 2022-23.

All other European countries not included have only one place, reserved for the domestic league champion.

2022-23 UEFA Champions League teams by country

Countries listed in the UEFA coefficient ranking

his mom 1 . team 2 . team 3 . team 4 . team
England Manchester Liverpool to be announced later on to be announced later on
Spain real madrid to be announced later on to be announced later on to be announced later on
Italia AC Milan intermilan Naples Juventus
Germany Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund to be announced later on to be announced later on
France Paris Saint-Germain to be announced later on to be announced later on **
Portugal Porto Sporting Lisbon Benfica **
Holland Ajax / TBD Ajax / TBD **
Russia Zenit St Petersburg to be announced later on **
Belgium to be announced later on to be announced later on **
Austria RB Salzburg Sturm Graz ***
Scotland Celtic / Rangers Celtic / Rangers **
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk* Dynamo Kyiv ***
turkey Trabzonspor * to be announced later on ***
Denmark to be announced later on ** to be announced later on ***
Cyprus to be announced later on ** to be announced later on ***

* = The team enters the play-off
** The team entered the third qualifying round
*** The team entered the second qualifying round
**** The team entered the first qualifying round
***** = The team entered the preliminary round

Click here to see the full UEFA infographic for all eligible positions by country and league end.

Russian teams have been indefinitely banned from European competition. On May 2, UEFA announced that Russian clubs would be banned from participating in all UEFA competitions for 2022-23.

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How are the Champions League venues determined?

Every year, UEFA changes the squad using the updated UEFA Factor Rankings.

These rankings are calculated each year based on the performance of teams from each domestic league in the Champions League in recent history.

The table above is listed in order of the UEFA coefficient. Not surprisingly, England is the top-ranked league, with an English club winning two of its last three titles up until 2020-21, and seeing four different clubs reach the final in the last three competitions.

Spain, Italy and Germany are close to the top four, and each of these tournaments has won four places in the Champions League.

Nations ranked fifth and sixth, France and Portugal in the next edition took three places, while tournaments from No. 7 to No. 15 took two places.

The order of the individual operand within those sectors determines which stage each team enters.

What happens if the Champions League winners qualify for next season through their domestic league standings?

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

This year, the 2021-22 semi-finals are already made up of three teams – Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid – who have already qualified for 2022-23 across their domestic leagues.

Villarreal is the only team left this year that has not booked a return visit next season after the end of the domestic league, and it is likely that they will not finish in the top four in Spain. So, if Villarreal wins the 2021-22 Champions League, Spain will have five teams in next year’s competition – the top four teams in the domestic league, plus Villarreal as the title holders.

But if Real, Liverpool or City win this year, their country will not get an extra place. Instead, the top-ranked country without a club in the group stage will falter, and its champions will go straight to the groups.

This year, this league is Ukraine*, which means that Shakhtar Donetsk, which was awarded the league title by the Ukrainian Football Federation after abandoning the league season, will be given a place in the group stage, rather than entering the play-off round. They will encourage Real, Liverpool or City to win everything.

In this scenario, the rest of the competition is reshaped in the same way, with each higher ranked country without a berth bumping into a higher round.

For example, this would see the Danish champion move to the preliminary round to take Shakhtar’s place, with the Serbia champions vaulting to the third preliminary round, and the Greek champions encountering the second qualifying round.

The preliminary round will not be reconstituted, as there are only four teams, and a cancellation of one would upset the schedule.

UEFA regulations do not indicate the filling of the additional Champions League berth. This seems to indicate that one less team will enter the competition in this case.

There are 79 teams guaranteed to play in the Champions League. That number becomes 80 if the previous season’s winner did not qualify domestically.

If UEFA decides to occupy the 80th place regardless, it will likely move to the second-placed Serbian League, which is currently the highest-ranked league by coefficient with only one place in the Champions League.

* Initially, this country was Scotland, but with Russian clubs banned from competing, Scotland moved up to automatically receive a place in the group stage, with Ukraine moving next to promotion in this scenario.

How does Russia’s ban affect places in the Champions League?

Another reshuffle will likely be needed to compete next season.

Due to the war in Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA announced in February that Russia would be indefinitely banned from competing at international and club level. On May 2, UEFA announced that Russian clubs had been excluded from competing in the 2022-23 editions of all European Championships.

“Russia will not have any affiliated clubs participating in UEFA club competitions in the 2022/23 season. Thus, the access lists of both Men’s And for women Club competitions have been rebalanced in accordance with the principles laid down in the relevant competition regulations.”

With two places cleared for Russia, it leaves one gap in the group stage and one gap in the third preliminary round. The place in the group stage will be occupied by the highest-ranked in the remaining playoffs in the preliminary round, the Scottish League champions.

Ironically, this means that Ukraine will be the biggest beneficiary of Russia’s exclusion. The Scottish champions were more likely to win a place in the group stage anyway due to the potential scenario of a title winner also qualifying directly via their place in the league. Therefore, the country that ranks first in the rankings will earn a place in the group stage as well, with Ukraine in that position.

Ukraine’s own places in the competition took a toll, as the league was suspended on February 24 due to the war, and officially abandoned on April 26. The Ukrainian Football League has decided to give two places in the Champions League to the top two teams in the table as of the suspension of the league, with Shakhtar Donetsk in first place and Dynamo Kyiv in second place.

Where is the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League Final?

Once all of that is done, you will finally be able to start the 2022-23 competition, and all roads will lead to Turkey.

The 2022-23 final is scheduled to take place at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, a place that holds special memories for Liverpool.

The venue was where their famous 2005 Champions League victory was held, as they fought from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan.

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