The UEFA Champions League dates for 2022-23 are a little different from usual, owing to the FIFA World Cup in November and December. But the schedule has been released now, and we have the Champions League calendar summarized below.
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First, a very quick introduction to the UEFA Champions League, for those who don’t know why it’s such a big deal.
What is the UEFA Champions League?
The world of soccer is organized into regions, each of which contains multiple countries with their own leagues. Within each region, there are competitions among both clubs and countries. Countries compete for World Cup qualification as well as regional competitions. In Europe, the latter is the European Championships, or Euros; in South America it’s the Copa America, etc. (This video has a lot more on the organization of worldwide soccer.)
Each region also has an annual club competition made up the best clubs from each country; in Europe, whose region is called UEFA, that is the UEFA Champions League. (Here’s a whole blog post on What is the UEFA Champions League.) With so much money and, therefore, top players and big clubs in Europe, the Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in the world.
The top four English Premier League clubs qualify for the Champions League; this is what is meant by “getting into Europe.”
Champions League Dates for 2022-23
Preliminary and Qualifying Rounds
The 2022-23 UEFA Champions League will begin in June 2022 with a preliminary round, followed by three qualifying rounds, each consisting of two legs:
- July 5/6 and 12/13
- July 19/20 and 26/27
- August 2/3 and 9
Next is a playoff round on August 16/17 and 23/34.
These rounds don’t include any teams from the top European leagues. Those clubs join for the Champions League Group Stage.
2022-23 Champions League Group Stage Dates
The draw for the 2022-23 Champions League Group Stage will take place on August 25, 2022. Groups of four will play each other home and away, meaning each club plays six games. The top two in each group advance, while the third-place finishers drop into the UEFA Europa League.
The 2022-23 Group Stages dates — all Tuesday and Wednesday evenings — are:
- September 6-7
- September 13-14
- October 4-5
- October 11-12
- October 25-26
- November 1-2
2022-23 Champions League Round of 16
The Champions League Knockout Stage begins with the Round of 16 Draw on November 7, 2022. Round of 16 games — one at each club’s stadium — will be played on the following Tuesday and Wednesday nights:
- February 14-15, 2023
- February 21-22, 2023
- March 7-8, 2023
- March 14-15, 2023
2022-23 Champions League Quarterfinals
The draw date for the quarterfinals, semifinals and Final has yet to be determined but will be around March 20, 2023.
The two-legged quarterfinal ties will be played:
- April 11-12, 2023
- April 18-19, 2023
2022-23 Champions League Semifinals
The two-legged semifinal ties will be played:
- May 9-10, 2023
- May 16-17, 2023
2022-23 Champions League Final
The 2022-23 Champions League Final will be played June 10, 2023, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Watch the 2022-23 Champions League
In the United States, you can watch the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League in English on Paramount+ by CBS Sports. The Spanish-language rights are held by TUDN, which is part of the Fubo TV service.
Buy Champions League Tickets
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