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Copa Libertadores Draw: Time, format and teams | How to follow online

The tournament draw will take place in Luque, Paraguay and the eight groups will be formed with four teams in each one.

Joseph McMahon
Joseph McMahon
The tournament draw will take place in Luque, Paraguay and the eight groups will be formed with four teams in each one.
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South America’s best 32 teams will participate in this year’s competition and all eyes are on the draw which will take place on Monday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET. The format is a group round in which each squad plays the others in its group and the top two teams will move on to the quarterfinals, then semifinals and finally the final game to be played in the mythic stadium of Maracaná in Brazil.

The 2023 Copa Libertadores group stage pools

Pool 1

  • Flamengo (BRA)
  • River Plate (ARG)
  • Palmeiras (BRA)
  • Boca Juniors (ARG)
  • Nacional (URU)
  • Athletico Paranaense (BRA)
  • Independiente del Valle (ECU)
  • Olimpia (PAR)

Pool 2

  • Libertad (PAR)
  • Atletico Nacional (COL)
  • Internacional (BRA)
  • Barcelona (ECU)
  • Racing (ARG)
  • Corinthians (BRA)
  • Colo-Colo (CHI)
  • Fluminense (BRA)

Pool 3

  • Bolivar (BOL)
  • The Strongest (BOL)
  • Melgar (PER)
  • Alianza Lima (PER)
  • Argentinos Juniors (ARG)
  • Metropolitanos (VEN)
  • Augas (ECU)
  • Monaga (VEN)

Pool 4

  • Liverpool (URU)
  • Deportivo Pereira (COL)
  • Nublense (CHI)
  • Patronato (ARG)
  • Atletico Mineiro (BRA)
  • Cerro Porteno (PAR)
  • Sporting Cristal (PER)
  • Independiente Medellin (COL)

Group stage: draw and composition of the groups

The 32 qualified teams (28 that entered directly, plus the four from the Preliminary Phase) will be divided into eight groups of four clubs each.

As established in the competition regulations, published on the CONMEBOL website, the composition is established according to the champions of the Copa Libertadores 2022, Copa Sudamericana 2022 and the CONMEBOL ranking as of Dec. 9, 2022.

  1. The 2022 Copa Libertadores Champion team will be placed directly as the seed of Group A.
  2. To establish the seeding of the other seven groups (B to H), the CONMEBOL club ranking as of Dec. 9, 2022 will be used.
  3. The second line will be made up of the 2022 Copa Sudamericana champion team, plus the seven subsequent teams from the club ranking.
  4. The third line will be made up by the next eight teams in the ranking.
  5. The fourth line will be made up of the four teams coming from the Preliminary Phase (G1, G2, G3 and G4) plus the next four teams in the club ranking.
  6. In the Group Phase, each team will play one match at home and one as a visitor against each of the other teams in the same group.
  7. The teams that finish first and second in each group will qualify for the round of 16.
  8. The eight teams that finish third in their respective groups will qualify for the 2023 Copa Sudamericana round of 16 playoffs.

Note: In the event that the 2022 CONMEBOL South American Champion —due to its location in the CONMEBOL Club ranking as of Dec. 9, 2022— should be seeded, said position and privilege granted by ranking will prevail due to its condition CONMEBOL Sudamericana champion, ranking within the first line clubs.

How to follow the draw online

The rights of the Copa Libertadores 2023 are held by and ESPN for South America, Central America, Caribbean Islands. In the USA Copa Libertadores is available to watch on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. This is because beIN SPORTS has exclusive rights to broadcast the competition for four seasons from 2023 to 2026.


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