The Champions League group stage draw will take place on Thursday, when Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will discover their first opponents in the 2021/22 competition.
When is the draw?
The draw for the 2021/22 group stage of the UEFA Champions League will take place on Thursday, August 26 from 5:00 p.m. (BST). The drawing ceremony will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.
Which teams are in the draw?
26 teams automatically qualified for the group stage of the Champions League via their 2020/21 league place, while six other teams book their places after the play-offs on Wednesday.
The Premier League has four representatives in the group stage.
- England: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea
- Spain: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Villarreal
- Italy: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta, Juventus
- Germany: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg
- France: Lille, Paris Saint-Germain
- Portugal: Sports, Porto, Benfica
- Netherlands: Ajax
- Russia: Zenit Saint Petersburg
- Austria: Salzburg
- Belgium: Club Bruges
- Ukraine: Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk
- Turkey: Besiktas
- Switzerland: Young boys
- Sweden: Malmo
- Moldova: Sheriff Tiraspol
How does the drawing work?
The 32 teams will be divided into four seed pots for the draw on Thursday.
Pot 1 consists of the defending champion Chelsea, the Europa League winner Villarreal and the champions of the six top-ranked nations that did not qualify via one of the continental titles in 2020/21. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient ranking.
No team can play against a team from their own league at this point, which means that there will be no all-English duels until the knockout phase. UEFA will confirm all other restrictions prior to the draw ceremony.
The pots – and against whom the Premier League teams could compete
owner Chelsea and champions of the Premier League Manchester city is drawn from pot 1 while Manchester United and Liverpool is drawn from pot 2.
Chelsea and City, last season’s finalists, could be drawn in the group stage against Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain, while United and Liverpool meet Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich or Inter Milan, the reigning Spaniards could, German and Italian champion.
Pot 1: Chelsea, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Man City, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting.
Pot 2: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Man utd, PSG, Liverpool, Seville, Borussia Dortmund.
Pot 3: Porto, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Benfica, Atalanta, Zenit, Shakhtar Donetsk, Salzburg.
Pot 4: Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev, Club Brugge, Young Boys, AC Milan, Malmo, Wolfsburg, Sherrif Tiraspol.
When are the group games?
The full list of fixtures for the group stage will be announced after the draw, but UEFA has confirmed matchday dates.
Matchday 1: 14./15. September
Matchday 2: 28/29 September
Matchday 3: 19./20. October
Matchday 4: 2nd / 3rd November
Matchday 5: 23/24 November
Matchday 6: 7/8 December
All important Champions League dates
Round of 16: 15./16./22/23. February & 8th / 9th / 15th March 2022
Quarter finals: 5th / 6th & 12./13. April 2022
Semifinals: 26./27. & 3/4. April 2022
Final: May 28, 2022 (St. Petersburg, Russia)