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UEFA Champions League preliminary round

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UEFA Champions League preliminary round

The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League preliminary round draw took place on 7 June.

Iceland's Víkingur Reykjavík are pulled out during the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League preliminary round draw
Iceland's Víkingur Reykjavík are pulled out during the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League preliminary round draw UEFA via Getty Images

The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League preliminary round semi-finals took place on Tuesday 21 June, with the final three days later. All were one-off matches and took place at Víkingsvöllur, Iceland.

The draw was on 7 June at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

21 June: Preliminary round semi-finals

La Fiorita 1-2 Inter Escaldes
Levadia 1-6 Víkingur Reykjavík

24 June: Preliminary round final

Inter Escaldes 0-1 Víkingur Reykjavík

How the draw worked

The champions of Estonia, San Marino, Andorra and Iceland entered the preliminary round in accordance with their ranking in the 2022/23 access list. The two clubs with the highest club coefficients were seeded for the semi-final draw: Levadia Tallinn (EST) and La Fiorita (SMR).

The first draw determined the two semi-finals; the first team drawn in each tie was considered the nominal home team. An additional draw determined which semi-final winner would be considered the nominal home team for the final.

What is the Champions League preliminary round?

The preliminary round is a mini-tournament consisting of semi-finals on 21 June and a final on 24 June, all one-off matches to be played in Iceland.

The preliminary round winners will face Sweden's Malmö in the first qualifying round, which will comprise two-legged ties taking place on 5/6 and 12/13 July. The other three teams transfer to the UEFA Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round.

Champions League qualification dates

14 June: First qualifying round draw
15 June: Second qualifying round draw
21 June: Preliminary round semi-finals
24 June: Preliminary round final
5/6 July: First qualifying round first legs
12/13 July: First qualifying round second legs
18 July: Third qualifying round draw
19/20 July: Second qualifying round first legs
26/27 July: Second qualifying round second legs
2 August: Play-off round draw
2/3 August: Third qualifying round first legs
9 August: Third qualifying round second legs
16/17 August: Play-off round first legs
23/24 August: Play-off round second legs