Quick Bit: As the club season draws nearer for big teams in Europe, many others are already under way with the qualifying rounds of the Champions League pushing forward. The second qualifying round is under way, but teams will learn their potential third round matchups in the next draw.

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As the club season draws nearer for big teams in Europe, many others are already under way with the qualifying rounds of the Champions League pushing forward.

Teams progressing through the early Champions League rounds have their eyes on a lucrative spot in the group stage, and even harbor dreams of pushing through to the knockout rounds. To get there, they must earn a spot by playing through the qualifying and playoff rounds, which present tough trips across Europe against equally hungry opponents.

As the second qualifying round takes the field with two legs over the next two weeks, the third qualifying round will be constructed so each team has a potential path towards the group stage in focus.

Recognizable teams such as Qarabag, Ludogorets Razgrad, Fenerbahce, Malmo and Dynamo Kyiv will all be in play through the second qualifying round and hoping to be included as the competition progresses further.

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Champions League third qualifying round fixtures and schedule

The matchups for the 2022/23 Champions League third qualifying round will be determined at the Third Qualifying Round Draw, to take place at 6:00 a.m. ET (11:00 a.m. BST) on July 18, 2022 from the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Teams in the Champions League third qualifying round draw

While the second qualifying round has not even begun yet, the teams will see their names pulled in the third qualifying round draw, so that winners over the next two weeks will know their potential advancement paths before the games kick off.

Champions Path

The teams in the Champions Path all earned their place in the competition by winning their domestic league title in its previous full season.

Teams with an asterisk (*) are guaranteed a place in the third qualifying round as they enter the competition at this stage. All others must progress through the second qualifying round to earn a place in this stage.

Seeded Team
Country
Qualified Via
Dinamo Zagreb
Croatia
1st – Croatian First FL
HJK Helsinki
Finland
1st – Veikkausliiga
Maccabi Haifa
Israel
1st – Israeli PL
Malmo FF
Sweden
1st – Allsvenskan
Olympiakos
Greece
1st – Super League Greece
Qarabag
Azerbaijan
1st – Azerbaijan PL
Red Star Belgrade*
Serbia
1st – Serbian SuperLiga
Shkupu
Macedonia
1st – Macedonian FL
Viktoria Plzen
Czech Republic
1st – Czech First League
Zalgiris
Lithuania
1st – A Lyga
FC Zurich
Switzerland
1st – Swiss Super League
Unseeded Team
Country
Qualified Via
Apollon Limassol*
Cyprus
1st – Cypriot First Div.
Bodo/Glimt
Norway
1st – Eliteserien
F91 Dudelange
Luxembourg
1st – Luxembourg Nat. Div.
Ferencvaros
Hungary
1st – Nemzeti Bajnoksag
Linfield
N. Ireland
1st – NIFL Premiership
Ludogorets Razgrad
Bulgaria
1st – 1st PFL
Maribor
Slovenia
1st – Slovenian PrvaLiga
FC Pyunik
Armeia
1st – Armenian PL
Shamrock Rovers
Rep. of Ireland
1st – League of Ireland PD
Sheriff Tiraspol
Moldova
1st – Moldovan Nat. Div.
Slovan Bratislava
Slovakia
1st – Slovak First FL

League Path

The teams in the League Path all earned their place in the competition by securing qualifying positions in their domestic league’s previous full season, but did not win the domestic championship.

Teams with an asterisk (*) are guaranteed a place in the third qualifying round as they enter the competition at this stage. All others must progress through the second qualifying round to earn a place in this stage.

Seeded Team
Country
Qualified Via
Benfica*
Portugal
3rd – Primeira Liga
Dynamo Kyiv
Ukraine
2nd – Ukrainian PL**
Fenerbahce
Turkey
2nd – Turkish Super Lig
PSV Eindhoven*
Netherlands
2nd – Eredivisie
Rangers*
Scotland
2nd – Scottish Premiership
Unseeded Team
Country
Qualified Via
AEK Larnaca
Cyprus
2nd – Cypriot First Div.
FC Midtjylland
Denmark
2nd – Danish Superliga
AS Monaco*
France
3rd – Ligue 1
Strum Graz*
Austria
2nd – Austrian Bundesliga
Union Saint-Gilloise*
Belgium
2nd – Belgian First Div.

** The 2021/22 Ukrainian Premier League season was cut short by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The table was solidified as it stood at its hiatus in February, seeing first-place Shakhtar Donetsk and second-place Dynamo Kyiv as the campaign’s Champions League qualifiers.

How the Champions League third qualifying round draw works

The third qualifying round draw will take place before the results of the second qualifying round are complete, meaning matchups will be drawn as placeholders for eventual qualifiers.

Because of this, each matchup is designated as producing either a seeded team or unseeded team, and whoever emerges from that matchup will be considered one or the other, no matter the victor. Seeding is done by the UEFA club coefficient of the higher-ranked team in the matchup, designed as if all higher-ranked teams were to theoretically advance. Therefore, in the event of upsets in the second qualifying round, lower-ranked teams could potentially find themselves seeded above higher-ranked competition.

In the draw, seeded teams will be drawn against unseeded teams in both the Champions Path and League Path to create the potential matchups for the third qualifying round. A separate draw will be completed for each path. In both, each matchup will be created as one seeded and one unseeded team is selected. Before opening the balls, the two chosen will be shuffled together and drawn again random, with the first team drawn to play the first leg at home.

There are also a few teams who enter the competition in the third qualifying round, and their presence is guaranteed no matter the results of the third qualifying round. Those teams include Red Star Belgrade and Apollon Limassol in the Champions Path, plus Benfica, Rangers, PSV Eindhoven, AS Monaco, Sturm Graz, and Union Saint-Gilloise in the League Path.

Winners from the third qualifying round will advance to the playoff round, which is the final stage of the Champions League before the group stage. There are just six places in the group stage reserved for qualifiers from these early rounds of competition.

How to watch UEFA Champions League 2022/23

Country
TV channel
Streaming
UK
BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultimate
BT Sport app, BT Sport YouTube
USA
CBS (EN), Univision/TUDN (ESP)
fuboTV, Paramount+, ViX
Australia
9Gem
Stan Sport
Canada

DAZN

Select matches from the Champions League preliminary rounds are available for broadcast, chosen by the broadcast partner for each market. Per UEFA, other select matches are made available for streaming by the home team, often via their official YouTube page.

Champions League schedule 2022/23

Preliminary and qualifying rounds schedule

Round
Draw
1st Leg
2nd Leg
Preliminary round
June 7, 2022
June 21, 2022
June 24, 2022
First qualifying round
June 14, 2022
July 5-6, 2022
July 12-13, 2022
Second qualifying round
June 15, 2022
July 19-20, 2022
July 26-27, 2022
Third qualifying round
July 18, 2022
Aug. 2-3, 2022
Aug. 9-10, 2022
Playoff round
Aug. 1, 2022
Aug. 16-17, 2022
Aug. 23-24, 2022

Group stage schedule

The draw for the 2022/23 Champions League group stage will take place on Aug. 25, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Matchday
Dates
1
Sept. 6-7, 2022
2
Sept. 13-14, 2022
3
Oct. 4-5, 2022
4
Oct. 11-12, 2022
5
Oct. 25-26, 2022
6
Nov. 1-2, 2022

Knockout stage schedule

The draw for the 2022/23 Champions League Round of 16 will take place on Nov. 7, 2022. The draw for the rest of the 2022/23 Champions League knockout stage will take place on March 17, 2023.

Round
1st Leg
2nd Leg
Round of 16
Feb. 14-22, 2023
Mar. 7-15, 2023
Quarterfinals
Apr. 11-12, 2023
Apr. 18-19, 2023
Semifinals
May 9-10, 2023
May 16-17, 2023
Final
June 10, 2023

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