Champions League group stage draw: all you need to know

When is the draw? Who is involved? How can I follow it? Get the lowdown.

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw will take place on 1 October
The UEFA Champions League group stage draw will take place on 1 October ©UEFA via Getty Images

When and where is the draw?

The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage draw takes place from 18:00 CET on Thursday 1 October at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. It will be streamed live on UEFA.com.

Who is involved in the draw?

ESP (4): Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla
ENG (4): Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea
ITA (4): Juventus, Inter, Atalanta, Lazio
GER (4): Bayern, Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Mönchengladbach
FRA (3): Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Rennes
RUS (2): Zenit, Lokomotiv Moskva
POR (1): Porto
BEL (1): Club Brugge
UKR (1): Shakhtar Donetsk
TUR (1): İstanbul Başakşehir
NED (1): Ajax

Top ten goals of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season
Top ten goals of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season

What are the draw pots?

Pot 1

Bayern (GER, UEFA Champions League holders)
Sevilla (ESP, UEFA Europa League holders)
Real Madrid (ESP)
Liverpool (ENG)
Juventus (ITA)
Paris (FRA)
Zenit (RUS)
Porto (POR)

Pots 2

Watch all of Lionel Messi's Champions League goals
Watch all of Lionel Messi's Champions League goals

Barcelona (ESP) coefficient 128.000
Atlético de Madrid (ESP) 127.000
Manchester City (ENG) 116.000
Manchester United (ENG) 100.000
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 85.000
Dortmund (GER) 85.000
Chelsea (ENG) 83.000
Ajax (NED) 69.500

Pot 3 or 4

RB Leipzig (GER) 49.000
Inter (ITA) 44.000
Lazio (ITA) 41.000
Atalanta (ITA) 35.500
Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) 33.000
Marseille (FRA) 31.000
Club Brugge (BEL) 28.500
Mönchengladbach (GER) 26.000
İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR) 21.500
Rennes (FRA) 14.000

Six further teams will qualify via the play-offs.

Club coefficients are determined either by the sum of all points won in the previous five years or by the association coefficient over the same period – whichever is higher.

Highlights: Paris 0-1 Bayern
Highlights: Paris 0-1 Bayern

How does the draw work?

  • The 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage will be joined by the six winners of the play-off ties played on 22/23 and 29/30 September.
  • The teams will be split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations who did not qualify via one of the 2019/20 titles . Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.
  • No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.
  • The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.

UEFA awards

Virgil van Dijk was named UEFA Men's Player of the Year in 2019
Virgil van Dijk was named UEFA Men's Player of the Year in 2019AFP via Getty Images
  • UEFA Men's Player of the Year
  • UEFA Women's Player of the Year
  • UEFA Men's Coach of the Year
  • UEFA Women's Coach of the Year
  • Goalkeeper of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season
  • Defender of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season
  • Midfielder of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season
  • Forward of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season
  • Goalkeeper of the 2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League season
  • Defender of the 2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League season
  • Midfielder of the 2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League season
  • Forward of the 2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League season

Match dates

Matchday 1: 20/21 October
Matchday 2: 27/28 October
Matchday 3: 3/4 November
Matchday 4: 24/25 November
Matchday 5: 1/2 December
Matchday 6: 8/9 December

Draws are provisional and are subject to final confirmation from UEFA.