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What day is the 2021-22 Champions League draw?

The UCL draw for the 2021-22 edition of the tournament will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

UEFA Champions League Draw
Pedro Pinto presents during the UEFA Champions League Draw at The UEFA Headquarters on July 10, 2020 in Nyon, Switzerland.
Photo by UEFA - Handout/UEFA via Getty Images

The Champions League draw for the 2021-22 edition will take place Thursday, August 26 at 12 p.m. ET. You can catch the draw live on The draw, which places the participants in groups, will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

Current trophy holder Chelsea is back in the competition this year, as is runner-up Manchester City. PSG is favored to win this year’s edition, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Bayern Munich, the 2019-20 winner, is also in the mix.

26 automatic participants from last year will be slotted into groups, with six clubs to be determined by the Champions League playoffs. The six clubs are wrapping up their playoffs on August 24 and 25.

The first matchday for the 2021-22 Champions League is September 14 and 15. Here is a list of the teams set to compete in the UCL, broken down by pots.

Pot 1

  • Chelsea
  • Villarreal
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Manchester City
  • Bayern Munich
  • Inter Milan
  • Lille
  • Sporting CP

Pot 2

  • Real Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Juventus
  • Manchester United
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Liverpool
  • Sevilla
  • Borussia Dortmund

Pot 3

  • Porto
  • Ajax
  • Shakhtar Donetsk
  • RB Leipzig
  • Red Bull Salzburg
  • Benfica
  • Atalanta
  • Zenit Saint Petersburg

Pot 4

  • Beşiktaş
  • Dynamo Kyiv
  • Club Brugge
  • Young Boys
  • Milan
  • Malmö FF
  • VfL Wolfsburg
  • Sheriff Tiraspol