| On Sep 10, 2018 6:36 PM IST

A complete guide to UEFA Champions League, Draws, Groups and much more


UEFA Champions League is counted under one of the most followed leagues in the world. It consists of 32 teams involved in a season of the championship which is planed according to the international fixture, and the teams lock horns to become the European champion. so here are the guide to UEFA Champions League, Draws, Groups and much more.

How is it planned?

It took a ceremony to decide the draws of the championship which was organised in Madrid previously on 30th August 2018 in the same event, UEFA also announced the Women’s Player of the Year, Player Of The Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Defender of the Year, Midfielder of the Year and Forward of the Year.

How does it work?

Spanish Giants, Real Madrid are the defending champions of the season, so before they start their campaign let us know more about the procedure of the UEFA Champions League.

  • League consists of 32 teams in which 26 teams were given direct entry to the group stage. This clause comes under new competition system, and six winners of the play-off ties later joined them.
  • After assuring the teams, there comes the way to put them in the Pots to decide the draws. Teams were split into four Pots. First Pot consists of the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Second and fourth Pots comprises the teams of better club coefficient rankings.
  • It is a universal rule that no club will play a match with their league mates in the group stage. Even clubs from Russia and Ukraine cannot play in the same group.
  • If two or more clubs are coming from the same league, then they’ll be paired and split accordingly.
  • The draw en-routes the path of the UEFA Youth League.

Seasons Calendar

Group Stage 

18/19 September: Group Stage, Match Day One

2/3 October: Group Stage, Match Day Two

23/24 October: Group Stage, Match Day Three

6/7 November: Group Stage, Match Day Four

27/28 November: Group Stage, Match Day Five

11/12 December: Group Stage, Match Day Six


Round of 16

17 December: Round Of 16 Draw

12/13/19/20 February: Round Of 16, First Leg

5/6/12/13 March: Round Of 16, Second Leg

15 March: Quarter-Final & Semi-Final Draw

9/10 April: Quarter-Finals, First Leg

16/17 April: Quarter-Finals, Second Leg

30 April/1 May: Semi-Finals, First Leg

7/8 May: Semi-Finals, Second Leg

Saturday 1 June: Final – Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid


Group A

Atletico Madrid (ESP)

Borrusia Dortmund (GER)

Monaco FC (FRA)

Club Brugge (BEL)


Group B

Barcelona (ESP)

Tottenham (ENG)


Internazionale (ITA)


Group C


Napoli (ITA)

Liverpool (ENG)

Crvena zvezda (SRB)


Group D

Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS)

Porto (POR)

Schalke (GER)

Galatasaray (TUR)


Group E

Bayern Munich (GER)

Benfica (POR)

Ajax (NED)



Group F

Manchester City (ENG)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

Lyon (FRA)

Hoffenheim (GER)


Group G

Real Madrid (ESP)

Roma (ITA)

CSKA Moskva (RUS)

Plzen (CZE)


Group H

Juventus (ITA)

Manchester United (ENG)

Valencia (ESP)

Young Boys (SUI)


Leagues which involved in the UEFA Champions League this year

ESP: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia

GER: Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, Hoffenheim

ENG: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool

ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Internazionale Milano

FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon, Monaco

RUS: Lokomotiv Moskva, CSKA Moskva

POR: Porto, Benfica

UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk

BEL: Club Brugge

TUR: Galatasaray

CZE: Viktoria Plzeň

SUI: Young Boys

NED: Ajax, PSV Eindhoven

GRE: AEK Athens

SRB: Crvena Zvezda

Note: This Guide completely relies on the information given on UEFA Champions League’s official website. Stay tuned for further updates.