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 shift to next year’s championship.

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.

The main dates for the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League:


  • 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:

  • 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, 2023

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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 takes place.

UEFA Champions League 2022-23 Draw Schedule:

  • 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 next season’s Champions League. 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 intermilan AC Milan to be announced later on to be announced later on
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 / TBD Sporting Lisbon / TBD **
Holland to be announced later on to be announced later on **
Russia to be announced later on to be announced later on **
Belgium to be announced later on to be announced later on **
Austria RB Salzburg to be announced later on ***
Scotland Celtic / Rangers * Celtic / Rangers ***
Ukraine to be announced later on * to be announced later on ***
turkey to be announced later on ** 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 round
** The team entered the third qualifying round
*** The team enters the second qualifying round
**** The team entered the first qualifying round
***** The team’s entry into the preliminary round
† Russian teams have been indefinitely banned from European competition and UEFA has yet to determine how to deal with these sites

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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. It’s no surprise that England is the top-ranked league, with an English club winning two of the last three titles up to this season’s competition, and seeing four different clubs reach the final across 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.

The fifth and sixth ranked countries, France and Portugal in this year’s edition, occupied three positions, while the seventh to fifteenth tournaments occupied two positions.

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 are the only team left this year who have not booked a return visit next season, and they likely won’t finish in the top four in Spain.

So, if Villarreal win the 2021-22 Champions League, Spain will receive five teams in next year’s competition – its four domestic qualifiers plus Villarreal as the defending champion.

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, that league is Scotland, which means its eventual champions (guaranteed to be either Celtic or Rangers) will earn a spot in the group stage, rather than go into the playoffs.

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

This would see the Turkish champions move into the playoff round to take Scotland’s place, as the Cyprus champions jumped to the third qualifying round, and encountered the Croatian champions into 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.

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.

Unless this situation changes, the domestic league will not be adopted, and therefore its place in European competition is in question.

As a result, it is very likely that Russian teams will be banned from European competition while the ban is in effect, and their places in the 2022-23 Champions League will be cancelled.

When contacted, UEFA declined to comment on how the governing body would decide the competitive structure of the Champions League in the absence of Russia’s two qualifying matches.

One scenario is a cabinet reshuffle similar to the above.

If the two Russian teams are disqualified, one gap will be left in the group stage and one gap in the third preliminary round. The group stage place will likely be filled by the highest-ranked in the remaining play-offs (Scotland). However, if the Scottish team is already promoted due to the champion qualifying directly through its league position – which is likely – places could go to the next higher-ranked country.

Ironically, this will be Ukraine, with which the league champions may clash in the group stage.

In another complication, Ukraine’s places in the competition will require some solution, as the league has been suspended since February 24.

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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