Where To Watch UEFA Champions League 2021-22: Schedule, Pools, Coverage
With Chelsea FC clinching the UEFA Champions League 2020-21 title by beating Manchester City FC (1-0) on 29May 2021, football fans cannot wait to hear about the upcoming succeeding edition.
Firstly, the 67th edition of Europe’s elite club competition will start from 22 June ’21 to 28 May’22.
It has been 30 years since the European Champion Clubs’ Cup was renamed the ‘UEFA Champions League.’
The final of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 was initially scheduled to kick off in Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany) but was moved to Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg, Russia) because of the postponement of the 2020-21 final.
This Selectra article will provide you clean and sophisticated information about UEFA Champions League 2021-22 fixtures, format, and where to watch.
UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Full Schedule, Matches, and Draw Calendar
The tournament’s Qualifying Stage is planned to run between 22 June’21 to 25 August’21. Next, the Group Stage matches are set to commence from 14 September’21.
And the Knockout Stage matches are expected to start from 15 February’22.
Below is the month-wise match calendar for the 2021-22 edition:
|8 June: Preliminary round draw|
|15 June: First qualifying round draw|
|16 June: Second qualifying round draw|
|22 June: Preliminary round, semi-finals|
|25 June: Preliminary round, final|
|6/7 July: First qualifying round, first legs|
|13/14 July: First qualifying round, second legs|
|19 July: Third qualifying round draw|
|20/21 July: Second qualifying round, first legs|
|27/28 July: Second qualifying round, second legs|
|2 August: Play-off round draw|
|3/4 August: Third qualifying round, first legs|
|10 August: Third qualifying round, second legs|
|17/18 August: Play-offs, first legs|
|24/25 August: Play-offs, second legs|
|26 August: Group stage draw|
|14/15 September: Group stage, Matchday 1|
|28/29 September: Group stage, Matchday 2|
|19/20 October: Group stage, Matchday 3|
|2/3 November: Group stage, Matchday 4|
|23/24 November: Group stage, Matchday 5|
|7/8 December: Group stage, Matchday 6|
|13 December: Round of 16 draw|
|15/16/22/23 February: Round of 16, first legs|
|8/9/15/16 March: Round of 16, second legs|
|18 March: Quarter-final & Semi-final draw|
|5/6 April: Quarter-finals, first legs|
|12/13 April: Quarter-finals, second legs|
|26/27 April: Semi-finals, first legs|
|3/4 May: Semi-finals, second legs|
|28 May: Final – Saint Petersburg Stadium|
Data Source: UEFA.com
Don’t forget all draws kick-off at 3:30 PM IST except the group stage draw, which starts at 9:30 PM IST.
UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Qualifying Stage As It Stands
We have put together all the results of the qualifying matches already played as of today:
First Qualifying Round
|Team 1||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Fola Esch Luxembourg||Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps||2–2||0–5|
|Slovan Bratislava Slovakia||Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers||2–0||1–2|
|Malmö FF Sweden||Latvia Riga||1–0||1–1|
|Bodø/Glimt Norway||Poland Legia Warsaw||2–3||0–2|
|Connah’s Quay Nomads Wales||Armenia Alashkert||2–2||0–1 (a.e.t.)|
|HJK Finland||Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica||3–1||4–0|
|CFR Cluj Romania||Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka||3–1||1–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Shkëndija North Macedonia||Slovenia Mura||0–1||0–5|
|Teuta Albania||Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol||0–4||0–1|
|Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country)||Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku||1–2||1–2|
|Maccabi Haifa Israel||Kazakhstan Kairat||1–1||0–2|
|Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria||Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk||1–0||1–0|
|Ferencváros Hungary||Kosovo Prishtina||3–0||3–1|
|Žalgiris Lithuania||Northern Ireland Linfield||3–1||2–1|
|Flora Estonia||Malta Hibernians||2–0||3–0|
|Dinamo Zagreb Croatia||Iceland Valur||3–2||2–0|
Second Qualifying Round
|Team 1||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Dinamo Zagreb Croatia||Cyprus Omonia||2–0||27-Jul|
|Slovan Bratislava Slovakia||Switzerland Young Boys||21-Jul||28-Jul|
|Legia Warsaw Poland||Estonia Flora||21-Jul||27-Jul|
|Alashkert Armenia||Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol||0–1||28-Jul|
|Olympiacos Greece||Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku||21-Jul||28-Jul|
|Kairat Kazakhstan||Serbia Red Star Belgrade||21-Jul||28-Jul|
|Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar||Romania CFR Cluj||1–2||28-Jul|
|Malmö FF Sweden||Finland HJK||21-Jul||27-Jul|
|Ferencváros Hungary||Lithuania Žalgiris||2–0||27-Jul|
|Mura Slovenia||Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad||21-Jul||28-Jul|
UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Group Stage As It Stands
We think you would already know that Chelsea was the defending champion of the 2020-21 edition by beating Manchester City.
Well, did you also know that the last edition was Manchester City’s debut into any UEFA Champions League Final ever and Chelsea’s second UEFA Champions League title overall?
Well, let us see what the upcoming final has in store.
The group stage will have 32 teams. Of these, 26 automatically qualify, and the remaining 6 slots are taken by play-off winners.
Which 26 Teams Have Automatically Qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2021-22?
Zenit (RUS), Wolfsburg (GER), Villarreal (ESP, UEFA Europa League winners), Sporting CP (POR), Sevilla (ESP), Real Madrid (ESP), Porto (POR), Ajax (NED), Dortmund (GER), Atalanta (ITA), Chelsea (ENG, holders), Barcelona (ESP), Paris (FRA), Liverpool (ENG), Milan (ITA), Juventus (ITA), Inter Milan (ITA), LOSC (FRA), Manchester United (ENG), Bayern (GER), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Manchester City (ENG), Beşiktaş (TUR), Leipzig (GER), and Club Brugge (BEL).
Will the Qualifying Rounds follow the same format as the 2020-21 edition?
No. Unlike the UEFA Champions League 2020-21, where all ties before the play-offs stage were played as single-leg matches, the upcoming 2021-22 edition will have a home-and-away format from the very first qualifying round onwards. But, again, UEFA might alter this format if the pandemic worsens, although we hope not.
UEFA Champions League 2022-21 Final
The most exciting match of the tournament will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in May’22.
What about the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Draw Seedings?
In the group stage, the teams will be divided into four (4) pots.
Pot 1 will have the UEFA Champions League holders, the UEFA Europa League holders, and the champions of Spain, Germany, England, France, Italy, and Portugal, i.e., the top six-ranked associations. In addition, respective clubs’ UEFA Club coefficients will decide their seeding.
UEFA Champions League 2021-22 TV Schedule and Watch Live
While the confirmed TV schedule for UEFA Champions League 2021-22 is not out yet, we’d like to tell you that Sony Pictures Sports Networks India (SPSN) continues to hold exclusive broadcasting rights in India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, and Maldives for most of the high-quality UEFA competitions for 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 seasons. Consequently, fans can also live to stream these matches on the SonyLIV OTT platform.
Below is a probable list of SPSN channels where the 2021-22 edition is predicted to be broadcasted
|Channels||Tata Sky||Airtel DTH||Videocon D2H||Dish TV|
|Sony Six HD||483||292||928||622|
|Sony Ten 1||471||285||411||611|
|Sony Ten 1 HD||470||286||927||610|
|Sony Ten 2||474||287||413||613|
|Sony Ten 2 HD||473||288||931||612|
|Sony Ten 3||476||289||415||615|
|Sony Ten 3 HD||475||290||926||614|
We hope this Selectra article gives you all the information that you need to put on your cheer items ready for your favorite team’s match in the upcoming UEFA Champions League edition. May the best team win!