The 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony begins at 18:00 CEST on Thursday 29 August. It takes place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and will be streamed live on UEFA.com.
Who is involved in the draw?
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ESP: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Valencia ENG: Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Internazionale Milano, Atalanta GER: Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig FRA: Paris, Lyon, LOSC Lille RUS: Zenit, Lokomotiv Moskva POR: Benfica UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk BEL: Club Brugge, Genk TUR: Galatasaray AUT: Salzburg GRE: Olympiacos CZE: Slavia Praha NED: Ajax CRO: GNK Dinamo SRB: Crvena zvezda
What are the draw pots?
Liverpool (ENG, holders) Chelsea (ENG, UEFA Europa League winners) Barcelona (ESP) Manchester City (ENG) Juventus (ITA) Bayern (GER) Paris (FRA) Zenit (RUS)
Real Madrid (ESP) coefficient 146.000 Atlético Madrid (ESP) 127.000 Borussia Dortmund (GER) 85.000 Napoli (ITA) 80.000 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 80.000 Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 78.000 Ajax (NED) 70.500 Benfica (POR) 68.000
Clubs’ coefficients are determined either by the sum of all points won in the previous five years or by the association coefficient over the same period – whichever is higher (under a new system introduced for 2018/19 onwards).
The teams are split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.
No team can play a club from their own association and, based on decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, clubs from Russia and Ukraine must not be drawn in the same group.
In the case of associations with two or more representatives, clubs will be paired in order to split their matches between Tuesday and Wednesday.
If a paired club is drawn, for example, in Groups A, B, C or D, the other paired club – once drawn – will automatically be assigned to one of Groups E, F, G or H.
The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.