A total of 32 teams participate in the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League with the dream of winning the most prestigious trophy in professional club football.
English power Chelsea is the defending champion, and a host of contenders will be looking to knock the Blues off that perch. french side Paris Saint Germain, Germany Bayern Munich and finalists 2021 Manchester city are considered favorites by bookmakers.
The tournament begins with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two teams from each group qualify for the round of 16 which begins in February 2022. Round-of-16 round trips are played. the rest of the way until the One-Time Final on May 28, 2022.
- Group stage: Sep 14-15, Sep 28-29, Oct 19-20, Nov 2-3, Nov 23-24, Dec 7-8
- round of 16: February 15-16, March 8-9 / February 22-23, March 15-16
- Quarter-finals: April 5-6, April 12-13
- Semi-finals: April 26-27, May 3-4
- Final: May 28, 2022 (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
For the first time since 1965, no away goal breaker will be used in the round of 16 in UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, after its abolition in June 2021. Tied series goals accumulated after the conclusion of the second leg will go directly to extra time and, if necessary, to penalties.
MORE: Champions League group standings and results
2021-22 UEFA Champions League teams
A total of 26 teams have qualified directly for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. There were six additional spots determined by the two-run playoffs.
The UEFA Champions League group stage draw took place on Thursday August 26.
|Team||Country||How the team qualified||Appearances
|Ajax||Netherlands||1st – Eredivisie||17||4 (1995)|
|Atalanta||Italy||3rd – Serie A||3||–|
|Atletico Madrid||Spain||1st – La Liga||12||–|
|Barcelona||Spain||3rd in La Liga||26||5 (2015)|
|Bayern Munich||Germany||1st – Bundesliga||25||6 (2020)|
|Benfica||Portugal||Playoffs (3rd – Liga Portugal)||16||2 (1962)|
|Besiktas||Turkey||1st – Super League||8||–|
|Borussia Dortmund||Germany||3rd – Bundesliga||16||1 (1997)|
|Chelsea||England||4th – English Premier League||18||2 (2021)|
|Club Brugge||Belgium||1st – Jupiler Pro League||9||–|
|Kiev Dynamo||Ukraine||1st – Ukrainian Premier League||18||–|
|Inter Milan||Italy||1st – Serie A||15||3 (2010)|
|Juventus||Italy||4th – Serie A||22||2 (1996)|
|Lille||France||1st – Ligue 1||7||–|
|Liverpool||England||3rd – English Premier League||14||6 (2019)|
|Malmö FF||Sweden||Playoffs (1st – Sweden Allsvenskan)||3||–|
|Manchester city||England||1st – English Premier League||11||–|
|Manchester United||England||2nd – English Premier League||24||3 (2008)|
|AC Milan||Italy||2nd – Serie A||18||7 (2007)|
|Paris Saint Germain||France||2nd – Ligue 1||14||–|
|Port||Portugal||2nd – Liga Portugal||25||2 (2004)|
|RB Leipzig||Germany||2nd – Bundesliga||4||–|
|RB Salzburg||Austria||Playoffs (1st – Austrian Bundesliga)||4||–|
|real Madrid||Spain||2nd – La Liga||26||13 (2018)|
|Seville||Spain||4th – La Liga||7||–|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||Ukraine||Playoffs (2nd – Ukrainian Premier League)||16||–|
|Sheriff Tiraspol||Moldova||Playoffs (1st – Moldovan National Division)||1||–|
|Sports CP||Portugal||1st – Liga Portugal||9||–|
|VfL Wolfsburg||Germany||4th – Bundesliga||3||–|
|Villarreal||Spain||Europa League Champion||4||–|
|Young boys||Switzerland||Playoffs (1st – Swiss Super League)||2||–|
|Zenit St. Petersburg||Russia||1st – Russian Premier League||9||–|
UEFA Champions League clubs by country
|Number of teams||Country||Qualified teams|
|5||Spain||Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Seville, Villarreal|
|4||England||Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea|
|4||Germany||Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg|
|4||Italy||Inter Milan, Atalante, AC Milan, Juventus|
|3||Portugal||Sporting CP, Porto, Benfica|
|2||France||LOSC Lille, Paris Saint-Germain|
|2||Ukraine||Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk|
|1||Russia||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|1||Switzerland||BSC Young Boys|
How to watch the UEFA Champions League
The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League will be brought to the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish).
- Appointment: 29 days from September 2021 to May 2022
- TV channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select games only)
- Television in Spanish: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision
- Diffusion (English): Paramount +
- Streaming (Spanish): fuboTV, TUDN.tv (authenticated users)
Canada: The UEFA Champions League will be broadcast exclusively on DAZN in Canada. New customers can sign up for a 30-day free trial.