Everything you need to know about the 2022/23 Champions League group stage draw | News | Official site

Chelsea’s quest for another Champions League crown begins on Thursday when we find out our opponents in the group stage for the 68th edition of Europe’s elite competition.

The road to Istanbul will look a little clearer later this week when our three group stage opponents are confirmed just 12 days before the start of the competition.

Here we take a detailed look at everything you need to know ahead of the draw…

When is the Champions League draw?

The 2022/23 Champions League group stage draw will take place on Thursday August 25 in Istanbul, Turkey, from 5pm UK time.

When will the Champions League group stage matches be announced?

The kick-off dates and times for our six group stage matches will be published shortly after the draw is complete.

When are the Champions League group stage rounds scheduled?

The six group matches will be played over an eight-week period this fall due to the mid-season FIFA World Cup schedule. The first two games will take place before the September international break, with the other four over five weeks in October and early November.

Day 1: September 6/7
Matchday 2: September 13/14
Matchday 3: October 4/5
Matchday 4: October 11/12
Matchday 5: October 25/26
Matchday 6: November 1/2

Which Champions League starting pot are Chelsea in?

The Blues are second seeds this year in Pot 2 alongside Liverpool and Tottenham. Pot 1 includes the Champions League holders (Real Madrid), the UEFA Europa League winners (Eintracht Frankfurt) and the champions of the top six nations who did not qualify via one of the 2021 titles /22.

The other teams are ranked according to their UEFA club coefficients. The full pot picture will be clear after the play-offs end this week and we’ll have a full guide to Thomas Tuchel’s sides who could be up against on the morning of the draw.

How many teams are there in the Champions League?

A total of 32 teams are in the Champions League group stage, 26 qualify via their 2021/22 league position in the domestic competition and a further six go through the play-off round.

The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four for the group stage and play each other home and away, with the top two advancing to the round of 16. Teams cannot play another team from their national association in the group stage.

What are the round dates for the rest of the competition?

The draw for the Round of 16 is set to take place on Monday, November 7, with the knockout stage itself starting in mid-February. The quarter-finals will take place in consecutive weeks in April, while the semi-finals will do the same in early May.

The 2023 Champions League final will take place on Saturday June 10 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. The city was to host the centerpiece of each of the last two editions, but the final had to be moved due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Where can you watch the Champions League draw?

The draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport and on the UEFA website from 5 p.m. We will also have the latest information here on the official Chelsea website, as well as on the 5th Stand app and on our social media.

What about the UEFA Youth League?

Our Under-19s will be back in European action this season, led by Ed Brand from the dugout, and will mirror the senior team’s group stage fixtures in the autumn.

The UEFA Youth League group winners head straight to the round of 16, while the runners-up will face an away play-off against a side in the domestic champions path. The final four-team tournament takes place as usual in Nyon, Switzerland from April 21-24. Our young Blues were beaten by Genk in the play-off last season.

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