The UEFA Champions League, the highest club football competition in Europe, will be played in its 69th season in 2023–24. This will be the 32nd season since the European Champion Clubs’ Cup was changed to the UEFA Champions League.
At Wembley Stadium in London, England, the championship game will be held. The 2023-24 UEFA Champions League champions will be automatically qualified for the 2024-25 UEFA Champions League group stage, have the opportunity to compete against the 2023-24 UEFA Europa League champions in the 2024 UEFA Super Cup, and be given entry into the 32-team 2025 FIFA Club World Cup in the United States.
After UEFA confirmed that a new enlarged format would be used for the upcoming edition, this season is the last one with the existing format, which features 32 teams competing in the group stage. As the inaugural winners of the trophy in the previous season, Manchester City are the reigning champions.
Grouping of association teams
The 2023–24 UEFA Champions League is expected to feature 78 teams from 53 of the 55 UEFA member countries, with Liechtenstein and Russia being the only two exclusions due to their lack of local leagues. To establish the number of participating teams for each association, the association ranking based on the UEFA association coefficients is used:
Four teams from each of the associations 1-4 are eligible.
Three teams from each of associations 5 and 6 are eligible.
Two teams are qualified for each of associations 7 through 15.
There is one squad that qualifies from each association 16–55.
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If the champions of the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League and 2022–23 UEFA Europa League do not advance to the 2023–24 UEFA Champions League via their local league, they are each given one additional entry.
Serbia, the association 11 champions, participate in the group stage rather than the play-off round.
The winners of association 13 (Belgium) advance to the play-off round as opposed to the Champions Path’s third qualifying round.
Greece’s association 15 champions advance to the third qualifying round rather than the second qualifying round (Champions Path).
The winners of associations 18 (Denmark) and 19 (Croatia) start the tournament in the second qualifying round rather than the first.
Serbia, the second-place finisher in association 11, advances to the third qualifying round rather than the second qualifying round (League Path).
The following modifications to the access list have been made because the Champions League champions (Manchester City) qualified through their national league:
Instead of the play-off round (Champions Path), the association 12 champions from Ukraine begin the tournament in the group stage. Swiss association 14 champions will compete in the play-off round as opposed to the third qualifying round (Champions Path). The second qualifying round (Champions Path) is skipped by the association 16 champions (Czech Republic), who advance to the third qualifying round instead. According to Champions Path, the winners of associations 20 (Turkey) and 21 (Cyprus) enter the second qualifying round rather than the first.
Qualifying Round:- UEFA
In the first round, four teams participated. clubs were seeded according on their 2023 UEFA club coefficients, with two seeded clubs and two unseeded teams competing in the semifinals. The games were held at Kópavogsvöllur in Kópavogur, Iceland. In each tie in the semi-finals, the home team was drawn first for administrative reasons.
The same held true for the final draw between the two semi-final winners, whose identities were unknown at the time of the draw.The winner of the preliminary round final moved on to the first qualifying round. The losers of the semifinal and championship matches moved on to the Champions Path of the Europa Conference League’s second qualifying round.
supplemental qualifying round:- UEFA
On June 21, 2023, a draw was made for the second round of qualification. 2023’s first and second legs were played on July 25 and 26 and August 1 and 2, respectively.
In their respective paths, the victors of the ties advanced to the third qualifying round. As opposed to the League Path losers being moved to the third qualifying round of the Europa League Main Path, the Champions Path losers were moved to the third qualifying round of the Europa League Champions Path.
In the third qualifying round
On July 24, 2023, the draw for the third preliminary round took place. The first legs took place on August 8, 9, and 15 in 2023, and the second legs took place on August 15 and 19.
Ties were broken, and the victors went on to their respective paths’ play-off round. The losers of the League Path were moved to the Europa League group stage, while the losers of the Champions Path advanced to the play-off round.