2021–22 UEFA Champions League

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2021–22 UEFA Champions League
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The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
22 June – 25 August 2021
Competition proper:
14 September 2021 – 28 May 2022
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 80 (from 54 associations)
2022–23

The 2021–22 UEFA Champions League will be the 67th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA. Chelsea are the current champions.

Association team allocation[change | change source]

A total of 80 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein,Note LIE[›] which does not organise a domestic league). The association ranking based on the UEFA association coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[1]

  • Associations 1–4 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 5–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–55 (except Liechtenstein)Note LIE[›] each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League and 2020–21 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league. However, the Champions League title holders have qualified through their domestic league, meaning the additional entry for the Champions League title holders is not necessary for this season.

Association ranking[change | change source]

For the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2020 UEFA association coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2015–16 to 2019–20.[2]

Apart from the allocation based on the association coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (UCL) – Additional berth for UEFA Champions League title holders
  • (UEL) – Additional berth for UEFA Europa League title holders
Association ranking for 2021–22 UEFA Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1  Spain 102.283 4 +1 (UEL)
2  England 90.462
3  Germany 74.784
4  Italy 70.653
5  France 59.248 3
6  Portugal 49.449
7  Russia 45.549 2
8  Belgium 37.900
9  Ukraine 36.100
10  Netherlands 35.750
11  Turkey 33.600
12  Austria 32.925
13  Denmark 29.250
14  Scotland 27.875
15  Czech Republic 27.300
16  Cyprus 26.750 1
17   Switzerland 26.400
18  Greece 26.300
19  Serbia 25.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20  Croatia 24.875 1
21  Sweden 22.750
22  Norway 21.750
23  Israel 19.625
24  Kazakhstan 19.250
25  Belarus 18.875
26  Azerbaijan 18.750
27  Bulgaria 17.375
28  Romania 16.700
29  Poland 16.625
30  Slovakia 15.875
31  Liechtenstein 13.500 0 Note LIE[›]
32  Slovenia 13.000 1
33  Hungary 12.875
34  Luxembourg 8.000
35  Lithuania 7.875
36  Armenia 7.625
37  Latvia 7.625
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38  Albania 7.375 1
39  Macedonia 7.375
40  Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.875
41  Moldova 6.750
42  Ireland 6.700
43  Finland 6.500
44  Georgia 5.750
45  Malta 5.750
46  Iceland 5.375
47  Wales 5.000
48  Northern Ireland 4.875
49  Gibraltar 4.750
50  Montenegro 4.375
51  Estonia 4.375
52  Kosovo 4.000
53  Faroe Islands 3.750
54  Andorra 2.831
55  San Marino 0.666

Distribution[change | change source]

The following is the access list for this season.[3] As the Champions League title holders, Chelsea, which were guaranteed a berth in the Champions League group stage, already qualified via their domestic league (as fourth place in the 2020-21 Premier League), the following changes to the access list were made:

  • The champions of association 11 (Turkey) entered the group stage instead of the play-off round.
  • The champions of association 13 (Denmark) entered the play-off round instead of the third qualifying round.
  • The champions of association 15 (Czech Republic) entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.
  • The champions of associations 18 (Greece) and 19 (Serbia) entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round.
Access list for 2021–22 UEFA Champions League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Preliminary round
(4 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 52–55
First qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 31 champions from associations 20–51 (except Liechtenstein)Note LIE[›]
  • 1 winner from the preliminary round
Second qualifying round
(26 teams)
Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 16–19
  • 16 winners from the first qualifying round
League Path
(6 teams)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
Third qualifying round
(20 teams)
Champions Path
(12 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 14–15
  • 10 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(8 teams)
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 5–6
  • 3 winners from the second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round
(12 teams)
Champions Path
(8 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 12–13
  • 6 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the third qualifying round (League Path)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • Europa League title holders
  • 11 champions from associations 1–11
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 4 third-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (League Path)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

Teams[change | change source]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • TH: Champions League title holders
  • EL: Europa League title holders
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.: League positions of the previous season
  • Abd-: League positions of abandoned season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe as determined by the national association; all teams are subject to approval by UEFA as per the guidelines for entry to European competitions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round are divided into Champions Path (CH) and League Path (LP).

CC: 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[5]

Qualified teams for 2021–22 UEFA Champions League
Entry round Teams
Group stage England Chelsea (4th)TH Spain Villarreal (7th)EL Spain Atlético Madrid (1st) Spain Real Madrid (2nd)
Spain Barcelona (3rd) Spain Sevilla (4th) England Manchester City (1st) England Manchester United (2nd)
England Liverpool (3rd) Germany Bayern Munich (1st) Germany RB Leipzig (2nd) Germany Borussia Dortmund (3rd)
Germany VfL Wolfsburg (4th) Italy Inter Milan (1st) Italy Milan (2nd) Italy Atalanta (3rd)
Italy Juventus (4th) France Lille (1st) France Paris Saint-Germain (2nd) Portugal Sporting CP (1st)
Portugal Porto (2nd) Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg (1st) Belgium Club Brugge (1st) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (1st)
Netherlands Ajax (1st) Turkey Beşiktaş (1st)
Play-off round CH Austria Red Bull Salzburg (1st) Denmark Brøndby (1st)
Third qualifying round CH Scotland Rangers (1st) Czech Republic Slavia Prague (1st)
LP France Monaco (3rd) Portugal Benfica (3rd) Russia Spartak Moscow (2nd) Belgium Genk (2nd)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (2nd)
Second qualifying round CH Cyprus Omonia (1st) Switzerland Young Boys (1st) Greece Olympiacos (1st) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (1st)
LP Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (2nd) Turkey Galatasaray (2nd) Austria Rapid Wien (2nd) Denmark Midtjylland (2nd)
Scotland Celtic (2nd) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (2nd)
First qualifying round Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st) Sweden Malmö FF (1st) Norway Bodø/Glimt (1st) Israel Maccabi Haifa (1st)
Kazakhstan Kairat (1st) Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk (1st) Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku (1st) Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st)
Romania CFR Cluj (1st) Poland Legia Warsaw (1st) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (1st) Slovenia Mura (1st)
Hungary Ferencváros (1st) Luxembourg Fola Esch (1st) Lithuania Žalgiris (1st) Armenia Alashkert (1st)
Latvia Riga (1st) Albania Teuta (1st) Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka (1st)
Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (1st) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (1st) Finland HJK (1st) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (1st)
Malta Hibernians (Abd-2nd)[Note MLT] Iceland Valur (Abd-1st)[Note ISL] Wales Connah's Quay Nomads (1st) Northern Ireland Linfield (1st)
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps (1st) Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica (1st) Estonia Flora (1st)
Preliminary round Kosovo Prishtina (1st) Faroe Islands HB (1st) Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes (1st) San Marino Folgore (1st)

Notes

  1. ^ Iceland (ISL): The 2020 Úrvalsdeild was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iceland. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment based on the average number of points per matches played for each team, Valur (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League by the Football Association of Iceland.[6]
  2. ^ Liechtenstein (LIE): The seven teams affiliated with the Liechtenstein Football Association (LFV) all play in the Swiss football league system. The only competition organised by the LFV is the Liechtenstein Football Cup – the winners of which qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League.
  3. ^ Malta (MLT): The 2020–21 Maltese Premier League was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Ħamrun Spartans, were declared champions but were subsequently banned from competing in European competitions for a match fixing case dating back to 2013. As a result, the second-placed team, Hibernians, were selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League by the Malta Football Association.[7][8][9]

Schedule[change | change source]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[10] All matches are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays apart from the preliminary round final, which takes place on a Friday, and the final, which takes place on a Saturday. The third qualifying round second legs are only played on a Tuesday due to the 2021 UEFA Super Cup on the following Wednesday. Scheduled kick-off times starting from the play-off round are 18:45 (instead of 18:55 previously) and 21:00 CEST/CET.[11]

All draws start at 12:00 CEST/CET and are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, except the group stage draw on 26 August 2021 which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey[12] and starts at 18:00 CEST.

Schedule for 2021–22 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 8 June 2021 22 June 2021 (semi-finals) 25 June 2021 (final)
First qualifying round 15 June 2021 6–7 July 2021 13–14 July 2021
Second qualifying round 16 June 2021 20–21 July 2021 27–28 July 2021
Third qualifying round 19 July 2021 3–4 August 2021 10 August 2021
Play-offs 2 August 2021 17–18 August 2021 24–25 August 2021
Group stage Matchday 1 26 August 2021 14–15 September 2021
Matchday 2 28–29 September 2021
Matchday 3 19–20 October 2021
Matchday 4 2–3 November 2021
Matchday 5 23–24 November 2021
Matchday 6 7–8 December 2021
Knockout phase Round of 16 13 December 2021 15–16 & 22–23 February 2022 8–9 & 15–16 March 2022
Quarter-finals 18 March 2022 5–6 April 2022 12–13 April 2022
Semi-finals 26–27 April 2022 3–4 May 2022
Final 28 May 2022 at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Qualifying rounds[change | change source]

Preliminary round[change | change source]

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 8 June 2021, 12:00 CEST.[13] The preliminary round matches, which consisted of two semi-finals on 22 June 2021 and the final on 25 June 2021, were originally to be played at Gundadalur, Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands,[14] but were moved due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Faroe Islands.[15] The matches were instead played in Albania, with the semi-finals at Elbasan Arena, Elbasan and Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës, and the final at Elbasan Arena.[16]

The winner of the final round, Prishtina, advanced to the first qualifying round. The losers of the semi-final round and final round were transferred to the Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final round
Folgore San Marino 0–2 Kosovo Prishtina
HB Tórshavn Faroe Islands 0–1 Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final round
Prishtina Kosovo 2–0 Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes

First qualifying round[change | change source]

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 15 June 2021, 12:00 CEST.[17] The first legs were played on 6 and 7 July, and the second legs were played on 13 and 14 July 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the Champions Path second qualifying round. The losers were transferred to the Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Fola Esch Luxembourg 2–7 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 2–2 0–5
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 3–2[A] Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2–0 1–2
Malmö FF Sweden 2–1 Latvia Riga 1–0 1–1
Bodø/Glimt Norway 2–5 Poland Legia Warsaw 2–3 0–2
Connah's Quay Nomads Wales 2–3 Armenia Alashkert 2–2 0–1 (aet)
HJK Finland 7–1 Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 3–1 4–0
CFR Cluj Romania 4–3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka 3–1 1–2 (aet)
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia 0–6 Slovenia Mura 0–1 0–5
Teuta Albania 0–5 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0–4 0–1
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 2–4 Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku 1–2 1–2
Maccabi Haifa Israel 1–3 Kazakhstan Kairat 1–1 0–2
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 2–0 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–0 1–0
Ferencváros Hungary 6–1 Kosovo Prishtina 3–0 3–1
Žalgiris Lithuania 5–2 Northern Ireland Linfield 3–1 2–1
Flora Estonia 5–0 Malta Hibernians 2–0 3–0
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 5–2 Iceland Valur 3–2 2–0

Notes

  1. Losers drawn to receive a bye to the Europa Conference League third qualifying round.

Second qualifying round[change | change source]

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 16 June 2021, 12:00 CEST.[18] The first legs were played on 20 and 21 July, and the second were played on 27 and 28 July 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the third qualifying round of their respective path. The Champions Path losers were transferred to the Europa League Champions Path third qualifying round, while the League Path losers were transferred to the Europa League Main Path third qualifying round.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Champions Path
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 3–0 Cyprus Omonia 2–0 1–0
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 2–3 Switzerland Young Boys 0–0 2–3
Legia Warsaw Poland 3–1 Estonia Flora 2–1 1–0
Alashkert Armenia 1–4 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0–1 1–3
Olympiacos Greece 2–0 Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku 1–0 1–0
Kairat Kazakhstan 2–6 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–1 0–5
Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar 1–4 Romania CFR Cluj 1–2 0–2
Malmö FF Sweden 4–3 Finland HJK 2–1 2–2
Ferencváros Hungary 5–1 Lithuania Žalgiris 2–0 3–1
Mura Slovenia 1–3 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 0–0 1–3
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
League Path
Rapid Wien Austria 2–3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2–1 0–2
Celtic Scotland 2–3 Denmark Midtjylland 1–1 1–2 (aet)
PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 7–2 Turkey Galatasaray 5–1 2–1

Third qualifying round[change | change source]

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 19 July 2021, 12:00 CEST.[19] The first legs will be played on 3 and 4 August, and the second legs on 10 August 2021.

The winners of the ties will advance to the play-off round of their respective path. The Champions Path losers will be transferred to the Europa League play-off round, while the League Path losers will be transferred to the Europa League group stage.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Champions Path
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 1 Poland Legia Warsaw 4 Aug 10 Aug
CFR Cluj Romania 2 Switzerland Young Boys 3 Aug 10 Aug
Olympiacos Greece 3 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 3 Aug 10 Aug
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 4 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 3 Aug 10 Aug
Malmö FF Sweden 5 Scotland Rangers 3 Aug 10 Aug
Ferencváros Hungary 6 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 4 Aug 10 Aug
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
League Path
PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 1 Denmark Midtjylland 3 Aug 10 Aug
Spartak Moscow Russia 2 Portugal Benfica 4 Aug 10 Aug
Genk Belgium 3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 3 Aug 10 Aug
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 4 France Monaco 3 Aug 10 Aug

Play-off round[change | change source]

The draw for the play-off round will be held on 2 August 2021, 12:00 CEST.[20] A total of 12 teams will play in the play-off round. They will be divided into two paths:

  • Champions Path (8 teams): 2 teams which enter in this round, and 6 winners of the third qualifying round (Champions Path).
  • League Path (4 teams): 4 winners of the third qualifying round (League Path).

Seeding of teams will be based on their 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[5] For the winners of the third qualifying round, whose identity will not be known at the time of draw, the club coefficient of the highest-ranked remaining team in each tie will be used. In the Champions Path there will be four seeded teams and four unseeded teams, and in the League Path there will be two seeded teams and two unseeded teams. The first team drawn in each tie will be the home team of the first leg.

The winners of the ties will advance to the group stage. The losers will be transferred to the Europa League group stage.

Group stage[change | change source]

The draw for the group stage will be held on 26 August 2021, 18:00 CEST (19:00 TRT), in Istanbul, Turkey.[12][21]

Pot 1 (Champions League and Europa League title holders, and top six champions by association rank)Pot 2Pot 3Pot 3 or 4Pot 4

Related pages[change | change source]

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