2024-25 Champions League Schedule; Format Changes, Qualified Teams

2024-25 Champions League Schedule

The 2024-25 Champions League schedule starts with qualifiers schedule from July 9th through August 28th, 2024. Group play begins September 17th, 2024 and runs through the UEFA Champions League Finals on May 31st, 2025. The competition has been revamped this season and we’ll see at least 10 of the 36 clubs who earn a spot that come from Germany or Italy. We have the format changes, what teams are qualified now, and more for you below. 

What is the New Champions League Format? 

The UEFA confirmed the new format’s most significant change from increasing the total number of teams from 32 to 36 is modifying the group stage. The teams now play a single league phase that includes all of the participating teams. Every club gets a minimum of eight Champions League stage games against eight different clubs. Four of these will be home matches and four away. 

This is a change from the previous setup where a club played six games against three opponents (one home and one away). The top eight teams qualify for the knockout stages. The teams that finish 9th through 24th then move to a two-legged playoff. This is the most significant change to the Champions format since 1992. 

What Teams have Earned a Spot in the League Play so Far? 

The following are the clubs who have earned a spot in the Champions League for 2024-25 so far. 

Austria: Sturm Graz
Belgium: Club Brugge
England: Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa
France: Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Brest
Spain: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Atletico Madrid
Germany: Leverkusen, Stuttgart, Bayern, Leipzig, Dortmund
Italy: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Bologna, Juventus
Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord
Portugal: Sporting CP
Scotland: Celtic
UEFA Europa League Winners: Atalanta
Champions League Winner Rebalancing: Shakhtar Donetsk
Europa League Winner Rebalancing: Benfica
Teams Qualified for 2024-25 Champions League

2024-25 Champions League Preliminary and Qualify Rounds

So, the 2024-25 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds start in July 2024. There are three qualifying rounds with two legs in each one. The schedule for these rounds of play are below. While you’ll note some overlap with the 2024 Olympics, we don’t believe the organizers will arrange for teams to play who have players involved in the games at this point. 

  • July 9/10 and 16/17
  • July 23/24 and 30/31
  • August 6/7 and 13

When is the 2024-25 Champions League Group Stage Draw? 

With the new format for league play this season, even more eyes will be on the Group Stage draw than normal. The draw takes place on August 29th, 2024 (after the Premier League has been going for a few weeks). Every team will face off against eight different teams. After the 8 games, the top 8 will move on to the round of 16. Teams ranked 9th through 24th then have a playoff to get into the round of 16. The losers will move on to the UEFA Europa League. 

2024-25 Champions League Schedule – Group Stage

The 2024-25 Champions League schedule for the group stages gets started in September. All of the game are played on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Once the draw takes place, well come back and fill you in on the specific matchups and kickoff times when confirmed too. 

September 17-19
October 1-2
October 22-23
November 5-6
November 26-27
December 10-11
January 21-22
January 29
2024-25 Champions’ League Group Stage Schedule

2024-25 Champions League Schedule – Knockout Stage

The 2024-25 Champions league schedule for the knockout stage kicks off on February 11th, 2025. The games are set to take place on the following dates (Tuesdays and Wednesdays):

  • February 11-12, 2025
  • February 18-19, 2025

The round of 16 games are set to take place on these dates: 

  • March 4-5, 2025
  • March 11-12, 2025

Quarterfinal two-legged schedule dates for the 2024-25 Champions League:

  • April 8-9, 2025
  • April 15-16, 2025

2024-25 Champions League Schedule – Semifinals and Finals

The 2024-25 Champions League schedule is down to four clubs by this point. The semifinals are two-legged and will take place: 

  • April 29-30, 2025
  • May 6-7, 2025

The 2025 Champions League Final is set to take place on May 31st, 2025. The match is being held at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany this season. You can check out the list of Champions League winners here to see where your club sits too. 

2024 Champions League Finals – Highlights

Jacey Tine

Jacey Tine is a lifelong San Diego Padres and Florida Gators fan. She has been delivering sports coverage and content for 7 years and counting now. You'll find her covering a number of sports and other news-worthy events on Sports Brackets.

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