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UEFA Champions League first qualifying round draw

The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round draw took place on 14 June.

A screen shows the draw result at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon
A screen shows the draw result at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon UEFA via Getty Images

The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round draw took place at midday CET on Tuesday 14 June at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

UEFA Champions League first qualifying round draw
First legs 5/6 July, second legs 12/13 July

Pyunik (ARM) vs CFR Cluj (ROU)
Maribor (SVN) vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) *
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) vs Sutjeska Nikšić (MNE)
Diddeleng (LUX) vs Tirana (ALB)
Tobol (KAZ) vs Ferencváros (HUN)

Malmö (SWE) vs Víkingur Reykjavík (ISL)
Ballkani (KOS) vs Žalgiris (LIT)
HJK (FIN) vs RFS (LVA) *
Bodø/Glimt (NOR) vs KÍ (FRO)
The New Saints (WAL) vs Linfield (NIR)

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

seeded teams in bold

How the draw worked

  • The draw featured 29 teams entering this round (the champions of the associations ranked 22 to 51 according to their association club coefficient, except Liechtenstein), and one preliminary round winner. The teams were divided into three groups of ten in accordance with the club coefficient rankings; within each group the clubs were split into an equal number of seeded and unseeded teams.
  • For each group, two pots were prepared: one for seeded teams and the other for unseeded teams. For each group, the balls containing the names of the seeded sides were placed in one bowl and the balls containing the unseeded teams were put into another bowl. One ball was taken from each bowl and placed in a large empty bowl in the middle, where they were shuffled.
  • The same procedure was carried out with the remaining balls to complete all the pairings of the first group and then repeated to determine the pairings for the remaining groups. The first side drawn in each tie is the home team for the first leg.

What happens next?

The first qualifying round winners advance to the second qualifying round. Defeated teams transfer to the UEFA Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round (*except for the losers of the Maribor vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk and HJK vs RFS ties, who will enter in the third qualifying round as a result of an additional draw to rebalance the competition).

What are the key qualifying dates?

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