Champions League qualifying explained. Draws, clubs, way to access groups | UEFA Champions League


Six teams enter the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League group stage through qualifying. Who is concerned, how does it work and when are the matches played? UEFA.com explains it all.

Tours and dates

Preliminary round semi-final: June 21, 2022
Preliminary round final: June 24, 2022
First qualifying round: 5-6 and 12-13 July
Second qualifying round: 19-20 and 26-27 July
Third qualifying round: August 2-3 and 9
Play-offs: August 16-17 and 23-24

Preliminary round

Teams concerned (4)
4 automatically qualified

Draw
It was performed on Tuesday, June 7.


Levadia Tallinn is one of the four teams taking part in the preliminary round

Matches (June 21)
Levadia Tallinn (EST) – Vikingur Reykjavik (ISL)
La Fiorita (SMR) – Inter Club d’Escaldes (AND)

How it works ?
The winners of the two semi-finals meet in the preliminary round final on Friday 24 June; all confrontations are played on a match. The winners of the preliminary round final qualify for the first qualifying round.

The other three teams from the preliminary round advance to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League champions path.

First qualifying round

Affected teams (30)
29 automatically qualified
1 preliminary round winner

Draw
The draw for the first qualifying round was made on Tuesday, June 14.

Matches (July 5-6 and 12-13)
Pyunik (ARM) – CFR Cluj (ROU)
Maribor (SVN) – Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) – Sutjeska Niksic (MNE)
Diddeleng (LUX) – Tirana (ALB)
Tobol (KAZ) – Ferencvaros (HUN)

Malmö (SWE) – winner of the preliminary round
Ballkani (KOS) – Zalgiris (LIT)
HJK (FIN) – RFS (LVA)
Bodø-Glimt (NOR) – KÍ (FRO)
The New Saints (WAL) – Linfield (NIR)

Shamrock Rovers (IRL) – Hibernians (MLT)
Lech Poznan (POL) – Qarabağ (AZE)
Shkupi (MKD) – Lincoln Red Imps (GIB)
Zrinjski (BIH) – Sheriff (MDA)
Slovan Bratislava (SVK) – Dinamo Batumi (GEO)

How it works ?
The teams play each other in home and away match-ups, with the winners progressing to the second qualifying round to see champions. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes, extra time and penalties will be played. The away goals rule has been abolished.

Defeated teams advance to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League champions path.

Second qualifying round

Teams concerned (24)
Path of Champions (20): 5 qualified automatically, 15 winner of the first qualifying round
League Way (4): 4 automatically qualified

Draw
The second qualifying round draw was made on Wednesday 15 June.

The draw for the second qualifying round took place on June 15


The draw for the second qualifying round took place on June 15

Matches (July 19-20 and 26-27)
way of champions
Tobol Kostanay (KAZ) / Ferencvaros (HUN) – Slovan Bratislava (SVK) / Dinamo Batumi (GEO)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – Shkupi (MKD) / Lincoln Red Imps (GIB)
Lech Poznań (POL) / Qarabağ (AZE) – Zürich (SUI)
HJK (FIN) / RFS (LVA) – Viktoria Pilsen (CZE)
The New Saints (WAL) / Linfield (NIR) – Bodø/Glimt (NOR) / KÍ (FRO)
Ballkani (KOS) / Žalgiris (LTU) – Malmö (SWE) / Preliminary round winners
Ludogorets (BUL) / Sutjeska (MNE) – Shamrock Rovers (IRL) / Hibernians (MLT)
Maribor (SVN) / Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) – Zrinjsky (BIH) / Sheriff (MDA)
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) – Olympiacos (GRE)
Pyunik (ARM) / CFR Cluj (ROU) – Diddeleng (LUX) / Tirana (ALB)

league path
Midtjylland (DEN) – AEK Larnaca (CYP)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) – Fenerbahce (TUR)

How it works ?
The teams play each other in home-and-away matchups, with the winners advancing on their way to the third qualifying round. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes, extra time and penalty shootouts are played. The away goals rule has been abolished.

The defeated teams advance to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

Third qualifying round

Teams concerned (20)
Champions path (12): 2 automatically qualified, 10 winner of the second qualifying round
Apollon Limassol (CYP)
Crvena zvezda (SRB)

League Way (8): 6 automatically qualified, 2 winner of the second qualifying round
Benfica (POR)
Monaco (FRA)
PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Rangers (SCO)
Sturm Graz (AUT)
Union Saint-Gilloise (BEL)

Draw
July 18.

Matches
August 2-3 and 9.

How it works ?
The teams play each other in home and away match-ups, with the winners advancing to the play-offs in their lane. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes, extra time and penalties will be played. The away goals rule has been abolished.

Teams defeated in the Champions Path move forward into the UEFA Europa League play-offs; winners of the champions path are transferred to the group stage of the Europa League.

Dams

Copenhagen reached the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League last season


Copenhagen reached the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League last seasonGetty Images

Teams concerned (12)
Champions path (8): 2 qualified automatically, 6 winners of the third qualifying round
Copenhagen
Trabzonspor

League Way (4): 4 winners of the third qualifying round

Draw
Tuesday August 2.

Matches
August 16-17 and 23-24.

How it works ?
The teams play each other in home-and-away match-ups, with the winners advancing to the group draw on Thursday 25 August. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes, extra time and penalty shootouts are played. The away goals rule has been abolished.

All defeated teams advance to the UEFA Europa League group stage (draw 26 August).

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