A new UEFA Champions League campaign kicks off in September with 32 teams dreaming of lifting the trophy on May 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Chelsea enters the competition as the defending champion, but there are a host of teams that expect to challenge, including new powers such as PSG and Manchester City and traditional contenders such as Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Liverpool.
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The competition kicks off with a group stage that will whittle the field down to 16 teams which advance to the knockout rounds consisting of two-leg, home-and-home series. The club that scores the most goals over the course of the two games advances to the next round. The final is a single match played at a neutral venue.
All the big matches through to the final will be available for soccer fans in the USA. All the details follow below:
How to watch Champions League in USA
CBS and Univision will carry the matches, including on each broadcaster’s streaming platform:
- Dates: 29 matchdays from September 2021 to May 2022
- TV Channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select matches only)
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision (select matches only)
- Streaming (English): Paramount+
- Streaming (Spanish): PrendeTV, TUDN.tv (authenticated users)
Matches that are broadcast on English- and Spanish-language TV are also streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial).
Champions League TV & Streaming Schedule
There are only six places remaining to be claimed in the 32-team UEFA Champions League field. The winners of the following two-leg, home-and-home playoff series will join the 26 teams that have already booked their spot in the group stage.
Surprise Moldovan side Sheriff has built a sizeable advantage after its first leg, while Austrian champs RB Salzburg came from behind to win thanks to a late goal from American international Brenden Aaronson.
Another U.S. national team player, Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok, was in action for Swiss side Young Boys in their opening leg win, while Benfica will take a narrow one-goal lead into its second leg against PSV Eindhoven in a heavyweight matchup between storied clubs.
Champions League Playoffs (1st Legs)
|Tues, Aug. 17||RB Salzburg 2, Brondby 1||Highlights|
|Tues, Aug. 17||AS Monaco 0, Shakhtar Donetsk 1||Highlights|
|Tues, Aug. 17||Sheriff Tiraspol 3, Dinamo Zagreb 0||Highlights|
|Wed, Aug. 18||Benfica 2, PSV Eindhoven 1||Highlights|
|Wed, Aug. 18||Malmo FF 2, Ludogorets 0||Highlights|
|Wed, Aug. 18||BSC Young Boys 3, Ferencvaros 2||Highlights|
Champions League Playoffs (2nd Legs)
|Date||Match||Time (ET)||TV channels||Stream|
|Tues, Aug. 24||PSV Eindhoven vs. Benfica||3 p.m.||TBD||Paramount+|
|Tues, Aug. 24||Ludogorets vs. Malmo FF||3 p.m.||TBD||Paramount+|
|Tues, Aug. 24||Ferencvaros vs. BSC Young Boys||3 p.m.||TBD||Paramount+|
|Wed, Aug. 25||Brondby vs. RB Salzburg||3 p.m.||TBD||Paramount+|
|Wed, Aug. 25||Shakhtar Donetsk vs. AS Monaco||3 p.m.||TBD||Paramount+|
|Wed, Aug. 25||Dinamo Zagreb vs. Sheriff Tiraspol||3 p.m.||TBD||Paramount+|
Champions League teams by country
Here are the 26 teams that clinched direct berths to the UEFA Champions League group stage by virtue of their league finish in their respective domestic competitions.
Spanish side Villarreal also joins the fray after winning the UEFA Europa League, which awards a UEFA Champions League berth to the winner every season. That gives Spain a tournament-high five clubs competing for the title.
|No. of Teams||Country||Qualified Teams|
|5||Spain||Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal|
|4||England||Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea|
|4||Germany||Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg|
|4||Italy||Inter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan, Juventus|
|2||France||Lille, Paris Saint-Germain|
|2||Portugal||Sporting CP, Porto|
|1||Russia||Zenit St. Petersburg|
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