The group stage will run between November and January, with rounds 1 and 2 also later than usual, and the Bilbao final on 25 May.
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The 2023/24 UEFA Women's Champions League will be the third season of the current format including a home-and-away group stage, which will be played between November and January with rounds 1 and 2 also later than usual due to the FIFA Women's World Cup, which ends on 20 August.
2023/24 UEFA Women's Champions League match dates
Round 1 (one-venue mini-tournaments)
Draw: 30 June, Nyon
Semi-finals: 6 September
Final/third-place play-off: 9 September
Draw: 15 September, Nyon
First leg: 10/11 October
Second leg: 18/19 October
Draw: 20 October, Nyon
Matchday 1: 14/15 November
Matchday 2: 22/23 November
Matchday 3: 13/14 December
Matchday 4: 20/21 December
Matchday 5: 24/25 January
Matchday 6: 30/31 January
Draw: 6 February Nyon
First leg: 19/20 March
Second leg: 27/28 March
Draw: 6 February Nyon
First leg: 20/21 April
Second leg: 27/28 April
Final (San Mamés, Bilbao)
How does the UEFA Women's Champions League work?
- The centrepiece is a 16-team group stage, which involves four groups of four playing each other home and away between October and December. The top two from each group progress to the knockout phase from March, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals played over two legs, and a one-off final.
- Four teams qualify directly for the group stage with the other 12 spots decided by two routes: champions path (7 qualifiers) and league path (5 qualifiers).
- Both paths will have the same format. Round 1 will be played as four-team knockout mini-tournaments with the final winners progressing. Round 2 will be played as two-legged knockout ties. If there had been more than 50 associations entering, the champions path would have have a two-legged preliminary round.
How many teams does each nation enter to the UEFA Women's Champions League?
- The access list is determined by the UEFA Women's Association Club Coefficients at the end of the 2021/22 season.
- The six highest-ranked associations have three entries: France, Germany, Spain, England, Sweden, Czechia.
- The next ten highest-ranked associations have two entries: Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Norway, Scotland, Belarus, Ukraine, Austria.
- Every other association is entitled to one entry.
- The definitive access list was set in June, once the final number of entries for the competition and the titleholders were known.
Who enters the UEFA Women's Champions League in each round?
- The title holders Barcelona and the champions of the three highest-ranked associations (France, Germany and Spain) enter in the group stage. As Spanish champions Barcelona are already qualified as holders, the fourth-ranked nation, England, receive an automatic place, meaning Lyon, Bayern and Chelsea also start in the group stage.
- The champions of the remaining associations go into the champions path. The champions of the associations ranked 5 to 7 (Sweden, Czechia, Italy) enter in Round 2, with the rest entering in Round 1 (or the preliminary round if required).
- The runners-up of the six highest-ranked associations (France, Germany, Spain, England, Sweden, Czechia) will enter in Round 2 of the league path.
- The third-placed teams of those six associations, and the runners-up of the next ten highest-ranked associations (Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Norway, Scotland, Belarus, Ukraine, Austria) enter in Round 1 of the league path.
As all Russian teams and clubs are currently suspended from UEFA competitions until further notice, in accordance with the decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee on 28 February 2022 .