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2022/23 Women's Champions League: dates, access list, full guide

See who enters when plus all the dates for the 2022/23 season.

PSV Stadion will stage the final in June 2023
PSV Stadion will stage the final in June 2023 Getty Images

The 2022/23 UEFA Women's Champions League will be the second season of the new format including a home-and-away group stage.

The road to Eindhoven

Preliminary round (if needed)
27/28 July & 3/4 August

Round 1 (one-venue mini-tournaments)
Semi-finals: 18 August
Final/third-place play-off: 21 August

Round 2
First leg: 20/21 September
Second leg: 28/29 September

Broadcast deal: DAZN & YouTube


Group stage

Matchday 1: 19/20 October
Matchday 2: 26/27 October
Matchday 3: 23/24 November
Matchday 4: 7/8 December
Matchday 5: 15/16 December
Matchday 6: 21/22 December

Listen to the UEFA Women’s Champions League anthem
Listen to the UEFA Women’s Champions League anthem

Quarter-finals
First leg: 21/22 March
Second leg: 29/30 March

Semi-finals
First leg: 22/23 April
Second leg: 29/30 April

Final (PSV Stadion, Eindhoven)
3 or 4 June tbc

The dates of the respective draws will be communicated in due course.

How does the competition work?

New Women’s Champions League format explained
New Women’s Champions League format explained
  • The centrepiece is a 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.
  • 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. If there are more than 50 associations entering, the champions path will have a two-legged preliminary round.

How many teams does each association enter?

  • The access list is determined by the UEFA Women's Association Club Coefficients at the end of the 2020/21 season.
  • The six highest-ranked associations have three entries: France, Germany, England, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic.
  • The next ten highest-ranked associations have two entries: Denmark, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Italy, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Belarus, Austria.
  • 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 England) will enter in the group stage.
  • The champions of the remaining associations will go into the champions path. The champions of the associations ranked 4 to 6 (Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic) will enter in Round 2, with the rest entering in Round 1 (unless there is a preliminary round, when the number of teams starting at that stage will depend on the number of entries).
  • The runners-up of the six highest-ranked associations (France, Germany, England, Spain, 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, Kazakhstan, Italy, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Belarus, Austria) will enter in Round 1 of the league path.