A total of 32 teams compete in the 2021-22 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 out of that position. paris saint-germain from france, bayern munich from germany and the 2021 finalist manchester city are considered the favorites by the houses of bets.
the tournament begins with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), with only the top two teams in each group advancing to the round of 16 starting in February 2022. two-leg aggregate goal tie rounds are played the rest of the way up to the single game final which will take place on may 28, 2022 in russia.
- group stage: sept. September 14-15 October 28-29 November 19-20 November 2-3 December 23-24 7-8
- round of 16: feb. 15-16, March 8-9 / Feb. March 22-23, 15-16
- Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
- Semifinals: april 26-27, may 3-4
- end: may 28, 2022 (saint petersburg, russia)
for the first time since 1965, the away goal tie-break will not be used in the knockout rounds of uefa competitions, including the champions league, after it was abolished in June 2021. the second leg it will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, to a penalty shootout.
more: champions league group standings & results
teams in the uefa champions league 2021-22
a total of 26 teams qualified directly for the group stage of the uefa champions league. there were six additional spots determined by two-stage playoff series.
The uefa champions league group stage draw took place on Thursday 8 August. 26.
uefa champions league clubs by country
how to watch the uefa champions league
The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League will take place in the United States on CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish).
- dates: 29 days from sept. 2021-May 2022
- TV Channels: cbs, cbs sports network-cbssn (select games only)
- Spanish TV: univision, tudn, unimas, galavision
- streaming (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.