Youth League 2022/23, qualification, format, calendar |  UEFA Youth League

Youth League 2022/23, qualification, format, calendar | UEFA Youth League

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The UEFA Youth League returns in 2022/23 for its ninth edition which will see 64 teams take part in the title race.

Participants are divided into two paths with the same number of teams: the UEFA Champions League Path and the Domestic Champions Path. The two start in September before joining for the knockout stage in 2023.

The qualifiers

UEFA Champions League path

ENG: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham
ESP: Atlético, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Sevilla
ITA: Inter, Juventus, Milan, Napoli
GER: Bayern, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Leverkusen
FRA: Marseilles, Paris
POR: Porto, Sporting CP
NED: Ajax
BEL: Club Brugge
TUE: Salzburg
SCO: Celtic
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk

The six UEFA Champions League play-off winners will complete the cast.

Domestic Champions Path

Nantes (FRA)
Benfica (POR)*
AZ Alkmaar (NED)
Genk (BEL)
Hibernians (SCO)
Rukh Lviv (UKR)
Galatasaray (TUR)
Copenhagen (DEN)*
Omonoia (CYP)
Crvena zvezda (SRB)*
Slavia Prague (CZE)
Hajduk Split (CRO)
Young Boys (SUI)
Panathinaikos (GRE)
Ashdod (ISR)
Molde (NOR)
AIK (SWE)
Slavia Sofia (BUL)
Csikszereda Miercurea Ciuc (ROU)
Gabala (AZE)
Astana (KAZ)
MTK (HUN)
Zaglebie Lubin (POL)
Domzale (SVN)
Trencin (SVK)
Zalgiris (LTU)*
Racing Union (LUX)
Borac Banja Luka (BIH)
Shamrock Rovers (IRL)
Pobeda (MKD)
Pyunik (ARM)*
Jelgava (LVA)

* May still enter the UEFA Champions League path depending on qualifying for this competition. Any place left vacant will be allocated to the association champion’s youth team next highest in the standings.

The format

The 32 clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League path are those who participate in the group stage of the senior competition. They will be joined by 32 domestic champions ranked according to the association rankings whose senior team is not present in the UEFA Champions League group stage – these clubs participate in the Domestic Champions Path. If a domestic champion’s senior team qualifies for the UEFA Champions League group stage, a place will be vacant and allocated to the association champion’s youth team next highest in the standings.

The groups of the UEFA Champions League path will be identical to those of the senior competition. The group winners qualify directly for the round of 16, the second qualify for the play-offs.

The Domestic Champions Path takes place in two elimination rounds in home and away matches. The eight winners of the second round qualify for the play-offs.

The knockout stage takes place over single matches from the play-offs where the eight winners of the Domestic Champions Path receive one of the eight second of the UEFA Champions League path.

The eight play-off winners join the group winners of the UEFA Champions League path in the round of 16. Semi-finals and final will, as always, be played at Colovray Stadium in Nyon.

Calendar

UEFA Champions League path: group stage
Day 1: September 6/7
Day 2: September 13/14
Day 3: October 4/5
Day 4: October 11/12
Day 5: October 25/26
Day 6: November 1/2

Domestic Champions Path
Draw: August 31, Nyon
First round first leg: September 14
First round return: October 5
Second round first leg: October 26
Second round return: November 2

Knockout stage
Draw-offs: November 8, Nyon
Play-offs: February 7/8
Knockout phase draw: 13 February, Nyon
Round of 16: February 28/March 1
Quarter-finals: 14/15 March
Semi-finals: April 21, Colovray Stadium, Nyon
Final: April 24, Colovray Stadium, Nyon

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