All Set For Champions League Draw: There Would Be Some Great Groups

With the UEFA Champions League group stage draw taking place in Monaco on Thursday, UEFA.com picks out the headline figures from 25 great seasons of action.

The draw comprises 32 clubs, 22 of whom are direct entrants while ten qualified via the play-offs.

When and where is the draw?

The draw begins at 18:00CET on Thursday 24 August. It will take place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and will be streamed live on UEFA.com.

Who is involved in the draw?

Pot 1 (holders & champions of other top eight-ranked nations)
Real Madrid (ESP, holders) coefficient 176.999
Bayern München (GER) 154.899
Juventus (ITA) 140.666
Benfica (POR) 111.866
Chelsea (ENG) 106.192
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 87.526
Monaco (FRA) 62.333
Spartak Moskva (RUS) 18.606

Pot 2
Barcelona (ESP) 151.999
Atlético Madrid (ESP) 142.999
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 126.333
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 124.899
Sevilla (ESP) 112.999
Manchester City (ENG) 100.192
Porto (POR) 98.866
Manchester United (ENG) 95.192

Pot 3
Napoli (ITA) 88.666
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 77.192
Basel (SUI) 74.415
Olympiacos (GRE) 64.580
Anderlecht (BEL) 58.840
Liverpool (ENG) 56.192
Roma (ITA) 53.666
Beşiktaş (TUR) 45.840

Pot 4
Celtic (SCO) 42.785
CSKA Moskva (RUS) 39.606
Sporting CP (POR) 36.866
APOEL (CYP) 26.210
Feyenoord (NED) 23.212
Maribor (SVN) 21.125
Qarabağ (AZE) 18.050
RB Leipzig (GER) 15.899

How will the draw work?

No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.

The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.

The following awards will be also be presented during the draw:

When are the ties?

The group stage games are split into six matchdays:
12-13 September: matchday one
26-27 September: matchday two
17-18 October: matchday three
31 October-1 November: matchday four
21-22 November: matchday five
5-6 December: matchday six

What comes next?

The top two sides in the eight groups will progress to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw, which begins at 12:00CET on Monday 11 December in Nyon. The eight third-placed teams will be involved in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 draw, which takes place at 13:00CET on the same day.