2021/2022 Champions League group stage draw: date, times, TV and how to watch

All the information you need on how to follow the draw for the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw live from Istanbul.

2021/2022 Champions League group stage draw: date, times, TV and how to watch

The eyes of the footballing world will be firmly fixed on Istanbul on Thursday 26 August as the draw for the group stage of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League will be held.

32 participating sides will discover their group stage opposition in a gala event where a series of Player and Coach of the Year awards will also be presented.

Follow UEFA Champions League 21/22 draw live online: group stages & pairings.

Teams/Pots in the group stage

The 32 teams in the 2021/22 Champions League group stage consists of 26 automatic qualifiers joined by six play-off winners.

Pot One:

Chelsea (holders)

Bayern Munich

Manchester City

Atlético Madrid

Villarreal (Europa League winners)

Inter Milan

Sporting CP


Pot Two:

Real Madrid



Manchester United

Paris Saint-Germain



Borussia Dortmund

Pot Three:

FC Porto


RB Leipzig


Zenit Saint Petersburg


RB Salzburg

Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot Four:

AC Milan

Club Brugge


Young Boys



Dynamo Kiev

Malmo FF and Ludogorets RazgradMalmo (Sweden), 18/08/2021.- Malmo's Veljko Birmancevic celebrate scoring his teams first goal during the UEFA Champions League play off 1st leg soccer match between Malmo FF and Ludogorets Razgrad at Malmo New Stadion, Malmo, Sweden, 18 August 2021. (Liga de Campeones, Suecia) EFE/EPA/Andreas Hillergren SWEDEN OUT

Sheriff Tiraspol

Champions League 2021/22 schedule:

Matchday 1: 14/15 September

Matchday 2: 28/29 September

Matchday 3: 19/20 October

Matchday 4: 2/3 November

Matchday 5: 23/24 November

Matchday 6: 7/8 December

What time does the Champions League group stage draw start?

The balls will be drawn for the 2021/22 Champions League group stage draw on Thursday 26 August at 18:00 (CEST) as part of a UEFA gala event that will also see a series of UEFA awards announced.

Find out what time the Champions League group stage draw kicks off where you are in the world.

US times: New York 12:00, Dallas 11:00, Los Angeles: 09:00

Where can I watch the draw?

In Spain the draw will be shown live on Movistar Liga de Campeones and Gol with UEFA TV set to stream the event. Fans in the US can follow the draw via Fubo TV and Paramount +.

Is the Champions League draw available online?

The draw is available in most nations through the rights holders' online platform, if they have one. Your best bet is to check who is showing the game in your country, and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on.

The Champions League draw live on AS English

Follow every pot and ball drawn from Istanbul with our very own inimitable live coverage, minute by minute, right here on AS English.