Quick Bit: The playoff qualifiers of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League as determined by the Tuesday, Aug. 2 draw, will be the final step for teams hoping to reach the lucrative group stage.

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The playoff qualifiers of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League will represent the final hurdle to overcome for teams hoping to reach the lucrative group stage. The playoff matchups will be known after the draw on Aug. 2.

With the preliminary, first qualifying round, and second qualifying rounds already completed, the path for teams currently participating in the third qualifying round will be set by the playoff draw on Aug. 2. The teams that survive the third round will learn their potential opponents in the playoff round.

There are only six places left unclaimed in the 32-team group stage, with four assigned to teams on the “Champions Path” (champions of their domestic league), and two handed to the survivors of the “League Path” (teams that qualified after finishing second or lower in their domestic league table).

Reaching the group stage is a massive boost to a team’s balance sheet, with teams receiving a guaranteed cash infusion, plus potential prize money from each of six group-stage matches. There’s also the worldwide brand exposure that the group stage brings: Teams reaching the group stage get the chance to face iconic global clubs such as Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, with millions of fans around the world tuning in to watch.

MORE: Champions League qualifier results and matchups so far

Champions League playoff draw, fixtures & schedule

The Champions League playoff round draw will take place on Aug. 2 at 6 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. BST / 8 p.m. AEST. The draw will be streamed on UEFA.com.

Six tickets to the lucrative group stage will be on the line in the playoff round. Four of those will go to the winner of each of four aggregate-goal series involving domestic league champions, while two will be handed to the two winners of the League Path playoff matchups featuring teams that did not win their domestic league.

Only two clubs were guaranteed spots in the playoff round at the time of the draw: FC Copenhagen and Trabzonspor, both of which enter the competition for the first time at this stage.

Champions Path

Match
1st Leg
2nd Leg
TBD vs. TBD
Aug. 16-17
Aug. 23-24
FC Copenhagen (Denmark) vs. TBD
Aug. 16-17
Aug. 23-24
TBD vs. Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Aug. 16-17
Aug. 23-24
TBD vs. TBD
Aug. 16-17
Aug. 23-24

League Path

Match
1st Leg
2nd Leg
TBD vs. TBD
Aug. 16-17
Aug. 23-24
TBD vs. TBD
Aug. 16-17
Aug. 23-24

Teams in the Champions League playoff draw

While the third qualifying round has not yet concluded, the teams that emerge over the next two weeks will learn their potential playoff opponent.

Champions Path

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

Two teams enter the competition in the playoff round — Danish champions FC Copenhagen and Turkish champions Trabzonspor — and will join six winners who progress through from the third qualifying round.

Country
Team
How qualified
Armenia
FC Pyunik
1st – Armenian Premier League
Azerbaijan
Qarabag
1st – Azerbaijan Premier League
Bulgaria
Ludogorets Razgrad
1st – First Professional Football League
Croatia
Dinamo Zagreb
1st – HNL (Hrvatska Nogometna Liga)
Czech Republic
Viktoria Plzen
1st – Czech First League
Denmark
FC Copenhagen*
1st – Danish Superliga
Hungary
Ferencvaros
1st – Nemzeti Bajnoksag
Israel
Maccabi Haifa
1st – Israeli Premier League
Lithuania
Zalgiris
1st – A Lyga
Moldova
Sheriff Tiraspol
1st – Moldova Super Liga
Norway
Bodo/Glimt
1st – Eliteserien
Serbia
Red Star Belgrade
1st – Serbian SuperLiga
Switzerland
FC Zurich
1st – Swiss Super League
Turkey
Trabzonspor*
1st – Turkish Super Lig

* = Teams entering the competition in the playoff round

League Path

These matchups involve clubs which did not win their domestic title last season, but which hail from strong enough European leagues that they are given the chance to compete for two available spots in the Champions League group stage.

The eight teams are currently participating in third round qualifying with the four survivors reaching the playoffs.

Country
Team
How qualified
Austria
Sturm Graz
2nd – Austrian Bundesliga
Belgium
Union Saint-Gilloise
2nd – Belgian First Division
Denmark
FC Midtjylland
2nd – Danish Superliga
France
AS Monaco
4th – Ligue 1
Netherlands
PSV Eindhoven
2nd – Eredivisie
Portugal
Benfica
2nd – Liga Portugal
Scotland
Rangers
2nd – Scottish Premier League
Ukraine
Dynamo Kyiv
2nd – Ukrainian Premier League

How to watch the 2022/23 Champions League

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

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How do Champions League qualifying & playoff rounds work in 2022/23?

Before the high-profile Champions League group stage, there are several qualifying rounds which culminate with the playoff round that ultimately hands out six tickets to the group stage.

Which teams are in which rounds?

The teams that participate in each round is predetermined based on their country’s UEFA coefficient ranking. That’s a mathematical formula that takes into account the finishing position of teams from that league in European competitions over the previous five years.

Teams from countries on the low end of these coefficient rankings (Ex. San Marino and Iceland) join the early rounds and have to survive a longer path to reach the group stage.

Which teams are seeded?

There’s also a club coefficient ranking which is obviously different from the country coefficient rankings. The club coefficient formula is only used to determine which teams are seeded over others in each round.

As in the case of the playoff round draw, when participants are not yet known because the matchups have not concluded, those matchups featuring the highest-ranked clubs per the UEFA club coefficient rankings are automatically designated as the seed for the playoff round.

League Path vs. Champions Path

One added wrinkle to the Champions League: Not every participating team qualifies by virtue of winning their domestic league title.

A handful of high-profile leagues also have spots reserved in the Champions League competition for teams that finish in second place or as low as fourth place (as in the case of the English Premier League).

The non-champions that are part of the qualifying rounds embark on the “League Path,” which is separate from the “Champions Path” that is reserved for league champions.

Champions League schedule 2022/23

Preliminary & qualifying rounds schedule

Round
Draw
1st Leg
2nd Leg
Preliminary qualifying 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. 2, 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 August 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 November 7, 2022.

The draw for the remaining rounds (quarterfinals and semifinals) 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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