Which teams are in the UEFA Champions League? All 32 participating clubs for 2021-22

Which teams are in the UEFA Champions League? All 32 participating clubs for 2021-22

A total of 32 teams will kick off the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League with dreams of winning the most prestigious trophy in professional club soccer.

English power Chelsea is the defending champion, and a host of contenders will look to knock the Blues off that perch. French side Paris Saint-Germain, Germany’s Bayern Munich and 2021 finalists Manchester City are considered the favorites by the bookmakers.

The tournament starts out with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two teams in each group advance to the Round of 16 that kicks off in February 2022. Two-leg, aggregate-goal knockout rounds are played the rest of the way through to the single game final that will be held on May 28, 2022.

  • Group Stage: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8
  • Round of 16: Feb. 15-16, March 8-9 / Feb. 22-23, March 15-16
  • Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
  • Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4
  • Final: May 28, 2022 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

For the first time since 1965, there will be no away goals tiebreaker used in the knockout rounds of UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, after it was abolished in June 2021. Series that are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, a penalty-kick shootout.

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Teams in UEFA Champions League 2021-22

A total of 26 teams qualified directly to the UEFA Champions League group stage. There are six additional spots determined by two-leg playoff series (Aug. 17-18, Aug. 24-25) and only three are left to be decided.

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw will be held after the conclusion of those playoffs on Thursday, Aug. 26.

TeamCountryHow team qualifiedAppearances
(since 1992-93)
Titles (Last)
AjaxNetherlands1st – Eredivisie174 (1995)
AtalantaItaly3rd – Serie A3
Atletico MadridSpain1st – La Liga12
BarcelonaSpain3rd La Liga265 (2015)
Bayern MunichGermany1st – Bundesliga256 (2020)
BenficaPortugalPlayoffs (3rd – Liga Portugal)162 (1962)
BesiktasTurkey1st – Super Lig8
Borussia DortmundGermany3rd – Bundesliga161 (1997)
ChelseaEngland4th – English Premier League182 (2021)
Club BruggeBelgium1st – Jupiler Pro League9
Dynamo KievUkraine1st – Ukraine Premier League18
Inter MilanItaly1st – Serie A153 (2010)
JuventusItaly4th – Serie A222 (1996)
LilleFrance1st – Ligue 17
LiverpoolEngland3rd – English Premier League146 (2019)
Malmo FFSwedenPlayoffs (1st – Sweden Allsvenskan)3
Manchester CityEngland1st – English Premier League11
Manchester UnitedEngland2nd – English Premier League243 (2008)
AC MilanItaly2nd – Serie A187 (2007)
Paris Saint-GermainFrance2nd – Ligue 114
PortoPortugal2nd – Liga Portugal252 (2004)
RB LeipzigGermany2nd – Bundesliga4
Real MadridSpain2nd – La Liga2613 (2018)
SevillaSpain4th – La Liga7
Sporting CPPortugal1st – Liga Portugal9
VfL WolfsburgGermany4th – Bundesliga3
VillarrealSpainEuropa League Champion4
Young BoysSwitzerlandPlayoffs (1st – Swiss Super League)2
Zenit St. PetersburgRussia1st – Russian Premier League9
RB Salzburg / BrondbyTBDTBDTBDTBD
AS Monaco / Shakhtar DonetskTBDTBDTBDTBD
Sheriff Tiraspol / Dinamo ZagrebTBDTBDTBDTBD

UEFA Champions League clubs by country

No. of TeamsCountryQualified Teams
5SpainAtletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal
4EnglandManchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea
4GermanyBayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg
4ItalyInter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan, Juventus
3PortugalSporting CP, Porto, Benfica
2FranceLille, Paris Saint-Germain
1BelgiumClub Brugge
1NetherlandsAjax
1RussiaZenit St. Petersburg
1SwedenMalmo FF
1SwitzerlandYoung Boys
1TurkeyBesiktas
1UkraineDynamo Kiev

How to watch the UEFA Champions League

The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League will be carried in the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish).

  • Dates: 29 matchdays from Sept. 2021-May 2022
  • TV Channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select matches only)
  • Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision
  • Streaming (English): Paramount+
  • Streaming (Spanish): PrendeTV, TUDN.tv (authenticated users)

Canada: The UEFA Champions League will be streamed exclusively on DAZN in Canada. New customers can sign up for a 30-day free trial.