Champions League qualification explained. Draws, Clubs, Path to Groups

Six teams advance to the group stage of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League via qualifying. Who is affected, how does it work and when will the games be played? UEFA.com explains everything.

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Playoffs: 16th-17th and 23.-24. August

dams

Teams involved (12)
Path of Champions (8):
2 qualified, 6 third qualifying round winners
League path (4): 4th Third Qualifying Round Winner


Ibrahim Sangaré scored for PSV Eindhoven in the first leg against RangersGetty Images

To draw
The draw took place on Tuesday 2 August.

matches
16-17 and 23.-24. August.

way of the champions
Qarabag (AZE) – Viktoria Pilsen (CZE) – 0-0
Bodø/Glimt (NOR) – Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – 1-0
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) – Crvena zvezda (SRB) – 3:2
Copenhagen (DEN) – Trabzonspor (TUR) –2-1

league way
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) – Benfica (POR) – 0:2
Rangers (SCO) vs PSV Eindhoven (NED) –2-2

How it works ?
The teams play each other home and away, with the winners moving on to the group draw on Thursday 25 August. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes, overtime and penalties are played. The away goals rule has been abolished.

All defeated teams advance to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League (draw on 26 August).

Qualifying rounds completed

Copenhagen reached the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League last season

Copenhagen reached the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League last seasonGetty Images

preliminary round

Affected teams (4)
4 automatically qualified

To draw
It was performed on Tuesday June 7th.

Games (June 21)
Levadia Tallinn (EST) 1-2 Vikingur Reykjavik (ISL).
La Fiorita (SMR) – Inter Club d’Escaldes (AND) 1:6

June 24th
Inter Club d’Escaldes (AND) 0-1 Vikingur Reykjavik (ISL).

How it works ?
The winners of the two semi-finals met in the preliminary round final on Friday 24 June; All confrontations were played in one match. The winners of the preliminary round final qualified for the first qualifying round.

The other three teams from the preliminary round advanced to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League champions path.

First qualifying round

Affected Teams (30)
29 automatically qualified
1 preliminary round winner

Shamrock Rovers celebrate defeating Hibernians

Shamrock Rovers celebrate defeating HiberniansSPORTSFILE

To draw
The draw for the first qualifying round took place on Tuesday 14th April.

matches
Sutjeska Niksic 0-1 Ludogorets Razgrad (agg 0-3)
Vikingur Reykjavík 3-3 Malmo (agg 5-6)
Žalgiris 1-0 ap Ballkani (2-1 agg)
Hibernians 0-0 Shamrock Rovers (0-3 agg)
Karabağ 5-1 Lech Poznan (agg 5-2)
Lincoln Red Imps 2-0 Shkupi (2-3 agg)
RFS 2-1 after HJK (agg 2-2, HJK won 5-4 on penalties)
Tirana 1-2 Diddeleng (Total 1-3)
Sheriff 1-0 Zrinjski (agg 1-0)

Return: Wednesday 13 July
CFR Cluj-Pyunik (0-0 agg, 4-3 on target)
Linfield – The New Saints (2-1 overall)
Ferencvaros 5-1 Tobol (agg 5-1)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk 0-2 Maribor (agg 0-2)
Dinamo Batumi – 1-2 (AP) Slovan Bratislava (1-2)
KÍ 0-3 Bodø/Glimt (agg 3-4)

How it works ?
The teams played each other in home and away matches, with the winners progressing to the second qualifying round to see the champions. If the teams were tied after 180 minutes, overtime and penalties were played. The away goals rule has been abolished.

Defeated teams advanced to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League champions path.

Second qualifying round

Affected teams (24)
Path of Champions (20): 5 automatically qualified, 15 first qualifying round winners
League path (4): 4 automatically qualified

Dynamo Kyiv eliminated Fenerbahçe in the second qualifying round

Dynamo Kyiv eliminated Fenerbahçe in the second qualifying roundGetty Images

To draw
The draw for the second qualifying round took place on Wednesday 15 June.

Games (19-20 and 26-27 July)
Path of the Champions, first leg results

Ferencvaros (HUN) – Slovan Bratislava (SVK) 5:3
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – Shkupi (MKD) 3:2
Qarabag (AZE) – Zurich 5: 4 (SUI)
HJK (FIN) – Viktoria Pilsen (CZE) 1:7
Linfield (NIR) 1-8 Bodo/Glimt (NOR)
Zalgiris (LTU) – Malmo (SWE) 3-0
Ludogorets (BUL) – Shamrock Rovers (IRL) 4:2
Maribor (SVN) – Sheriff 0:1 (MDA)
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) 5-1 Olympiacos (GRE)
Pyunik (ARM) 4:2 Diddeleng (LUX)

league way
Midtjylland (DEN) 2-2 AEK Larnaca (CYP), ap (Midtjylland won 4-3 on penalties)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 2-1 Fenerbahce (TUR)

How it works ?
The teams played each other in home and away matches, with the winners advancing on their way to the third qualifying round. If the teams were tied after 180 minutes, overtime and penalties were played. The away goals rule has been abolished.

The defeated teams advance to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

Third qualifying round

Affected teams (20)
Master Path (12): 2 automatically qualified, 10 second qualifying round winners
League Path (8) : 6 automatically qualified, 2 winners of the second qualifying round

PSV Eindhoven eliminated Monaco in the third qualifying round

PSV Eindhoven eliminated Monaco in the third qualifying roundANP/AFP via Getty Images

To draw
The draw took place on July 18.

matches
2nd-3rd and August 9th.
way of the champions
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) 4-2 Apollon Limassol (CYP) – 4-0, 2-0
Qarabag (AZE) 4-2 Ferencvaros (HUN) – 1-1, 1-3
Ludogorets (BUL) 3-6 Dynamo Zagreb (CRO) – 1-2, 4-2
Sheriff (MDA) 2-4 Viktoria Pilsen (CZE) – 1-2, 2-1
Bodo/Glimt (NOR) 6-1 Zalgiris (LTU) – 5-0, 1-1
Crvena zvezda (SRB) 7:0 Pyunik (ARM) – 5:0, 0:2

league way
Monaco (FRA) 3-4 PSV Eindhoven (NED) – 1-1, 3-2 apts
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 3:1 Sturm Graz (AUT) – 1:0, 1:2 after that
Union Saint Giloise (BEL) 2-3 Rangers (SCO) – 2:0, 3:0
Benfica (POR) 7-2 Midtjylland (DEN) – 4-1, 1-3

How it works ?
Teams play each other in home and away matches, with the winners progressing to the play-offs on their lane. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes, overtime and penalties are played. The away goals rule has been abolished.

Teams defeated in the Champions Path advance to the UEFA Europa League play-offs; Winners of the champions path are promoted to the group stage of the Europa League.

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