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UEFA Champions League path group stage draw

The groups are identical to those as for the UEFA Champions League.

UEFA Champions League path group stage draw
UEFA Champions League path group stage draw ©Getty Images

UEFA Champions League path draw
Group A:
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Real Madrid (ESP), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Malmö (SWE)

Group B: PSV Eindhoven (NED), Manchester United (ENG), CSKA Moskva (RUS), Wolfsburg (GER)

Group C: Benfica (POR), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Galatasaray (TUR), Astana (KAZ)

Group D: Juventus (ITA), Manchester City (ENG), Sevilla (ESP), Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER)

Group E: Barcelona (ESP), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Roma (ITA), BATE Borisov (BLR)

Group F: Bayern München (GER), Arsenal (ENG), Olympiacos (GRE), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Group G: Chelsea (ENG, holders)), FC Porto (POR), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)

Group H: Zenit (RUS), Valencia (ESP), Lyon (FRA), Gent (BEL)

27 August, Monaco

Holders Chelsea will be seeded thanks to being English senior champions
Holders Chelsea will be seeded thanks to being English senior champions©Getty Images

The UEFA Champions League path group stage draw of the UEFA Youth League is determined by that of the senior competition, with the same teams playing the same opponents in identical groups in the same weeks.

UEFA Champions League draw procedure

• The 32 clubs, 22 of which qualify automatically and ten of whom win through from the play-offs, are split into four seeding pots.

Pot 1 Barcelona (ESP), Bayern München (GER), Chelsea (ENG, holders), Benfica (POR), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Juventus (ITA), Zenit (RUS), PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Pot 2
: Real Madrid (ESP), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Porto (POR), Arsenal (ENG), Manchester United (ENG), Valencia (ESP), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Manchester City (ENG)
Pot 3: Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Sevilla (ESP), Lyon (FRA), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Olympiacos (GER), CSKA Moskva (RUS), Galatasaray (TUR), AS Roma (ITA)
Pot 4: BATE Borisov (BLR), Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER), Wolfsburg (GER), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR), Gent (BEL, Malmö (SWE), Astana (KAZ)

• Following a change in the regulations, Pot 1 for the UEFA Champions League draw will now be formed by the champions of the top eight associations: Spain, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France, Russia and the Netherlands. So next season's top seeds (based on the 2015/16 access list) are: Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern, Juventus, Benfica, Paris, Zenit and PSV. There will be one side from Pot 1 in each group.

• The remaining three pots are determined by club coefficients as in past years.

• No team can play a club from their own association with the exact draw procedure confirmed before the ceremony.

• The eight group winners progress straight to the round of 16.

• The eight group runners-up join the eight domestic champions path second round winners in the play-off round. The group runners-up will each be away in single-legged matches to decided the remaining eight teams in the round of 16.

Season calendar (UEFA Champions League path)*
Matchday one: 15/16 September
Matchday two: 29/30 September
Matchday three: 20/21 October
Matchday four: 3/4 November
Matchday five: 24/25 November
Matchday six: 8/9 December
Play-off draw: 14 December
Play-offs: 9/10 February
Knockout draw: 15 February
Round of 16: 22/23 February
Quarter-finals: 8/9 March
Semi-final: 15 April, Nyon
Final: 18 April, Nyon

*please note that in principle, UEFA Youth League games are played on the same day as the equivalent UEFA Champions League fixtures, but this is subject to change