2021/22 Women’s Champions League: dates, access list, full guide

Who enters in the group stage and which nations have multiple contenders? The full guide to the new format.

The Juventus Stadium will stage the final on 22 May 2022
The Juventus Stadium will stage the final on 22 May 2022 Juventus FC via Getty Images

The dates and provisional access list have been published for the new-look UEFA Women's Champions League of 2021/22, which will include a home-and-away group stage for the first time.

New Women’s Champions League format explained
New Women’s Champions League format explained

How does the competition work?

  • The centrepiece is a new 16-team group stage, which will involve 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 (in Turin in 2022).
  • Four teams will 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.

How many teams will each association enter?

  • The access list is determined by the UEFA Women's Association Club Coefficients at the end of the 2019/20 season
  • The six highest-ranked associations will have three entries: France, Germany, Spain, England, Sweden, Czech Republic
  • The next ten highest-ranked associations will have two entries: Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Scotland, Russia, Belarus
  • Every other association is entitled to one entry

Who enters when?

  • The title holders and the champions of the three highest-ranked associations (France, Germany and Spain) will enter in the group stage
  • The champions of the remaining associations will go into the champions path. The champions of of associations ranked 4 to 6 (England, Sweden, Czech Republic) will enter in Round 2, with the rest entering in Round 1.
  • The runners-up of the six highest-ranked associations (France, Germany, Spain, England, Sweden, Czech Republic) 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 (Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Scotland, Russia, Belarus) will enter in Round 1 of the league path
Watch highlights of Lyon's seven final wins and trophy lifts
Watch highlights of Lyon's seven final wins and trophy lifts

The road to Turin

  • Draw dates tbc

First qualifying round (one-venue mini-tournaments)
Semi-finals: 18 August
Final/third-place play-off: 21 August

Second qualifying round
First leg: 31 August/1 September
Second leg: 8/9 September

Group stage
Matchday 1: 5/6 October
Matchday 2: 13/14 October
Matchday 3: 9/10 November
Matchday 4: 17/18 November
Matchday 5: 8/9 December
Matchday 6: 15/16 December

Quarter-finals
First leg: 22/23 March
Second leg: 30/31 March

Semi-finals
First leg: 23/24 April
Second leg: 30 April/1 May

Final (Juventus Stadium, Turin)
Sunday 22 May