Women’s Champions League draw: Juventus learn their Round 1 qualification opponents for 2023/24

Qualification for the Women's Champions League isn't easily achieved, but Juventus now know their Round 1 opponents en route to making next season's group stage. Roma, meanwhile, are sitting waiting for Round 2.

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Less than a month after the end of the 2022/23 Serie A Femminile season and the Women’s Champions League final, attention is already turning toward the 2023/24 campaign. Coppa Italia winners Juventus have learned their qualification fate after the draw was held for the first qualification round, while Serie A winners AS Roma won’t enter until the second qualification round.

The Women’s Champions League is one of the most complicated club competitions in world football to qualify for. With only 16 teams making it to the group stages of the competition, a lot of big-name clubs fall before getting that far, and the qualification rounds aren’t quite as straightforward as they might be. Last year was a historic one for Italy, with both Juventus and Roma reaching the group stage, marking the first time in the competition’s history that two Italian teams had made it to that point.

With two qualification rounds to be played before we know which 12 teams will join Barcelona, Lyon, Bayern Munich and Chelsea in the group stages, there’s a lot still to be decided, and the Italian sides will have their work cut out for them if they are to make it that far again. 

How does Women’s Champions League qualification work? 

Qualification for the Women’s Champions League is split into two paths: the League Path (where Juventus will try to qualify), and the Champions Path (where AS Roma will seek qualification).

Each of the two paths is split into two rounds, after which a total of 12 teams will reach the group stage of the Women’s Champions League, joining the four (Barcelona, Lyon, Bayern Munich and Chelsea) to have already qualified.

What must AS Roma do to qualify via the Champions Path?

The AS Roma Women celebrate Valentina Giacinti’s goal against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. [@ASRomaWomen]

There are seven group stage places on offer in the Champions Path, though as many as 44 teams are competing for those.

In Round 1, 41 teams enter and are split into 11 single-venue mini-tournaments: eight of those having four teams and three with three teams, from each of which only one team will advance to Round 2. 

The winners of the finals of those 11 mini-tournaments will then advance to Round 2, to which three teams (AS Roma, Slavia Praha and Rosengard) have direct entry.

In Round 2, there will be 14 teams competing in seven two-legged ties with the winners of each progressing to the Women’s Champions League group stage.

As Serie A Femminile champions, Roma will enter in Round 2, meaning they will have to navigate their way through one two-legged tie to qualify for the group stage of the Women’s Champions League.

What must Juventus do to qualify via the League Path?

Juventus celebrate a goal in the Women’s Champions League. (@JuventusFCWomen)

There are five group stage places on offer in the League Path, and there are 22 sides competing to secure them.

In Round 1, 16 teams enter and are split into four mini-tournaments each consisting of four teams, from each of which only one team will advance to Round 2. 

The winners of the finals of those four mini-tournaments will advance to Round 2, to which six teams (Wolfsburg, PSG, Real Madrid, Sparta Praha, Hacken and Manchester United) have direct entry.

Juventus, much like Roma last season, have no direct access to Round 2 and will therefore have to make it through Mini-Tournament 2 to make it there.

Juventus have been drawn against WFC Okzhetpes of Kazakhstan in their semi-final and, should they win, will face either Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany or 1. FC Slovacko of Czechia in the final of Round 1.

2023/24 Women’s Champions League Calendar: When does the group stage begin?

The full 2023/24 Women’s Champions League fixtures calendar is as follows:

Qualification: Round 1 (Single-venue mini-tournaments)

  • Semi-finals: September 6
  • Finals/third-place playoffs: September 9

Qualification: Round 2 Draw

  • September 15

Qualification: Round 2

  • First leg: October 10/11
  • Second leg: October 18/19

Group Stage Draw

  • October 20

Group Stage

  • Matchday 1: November 14/15
  • Matchday 2: November 22/23
  • Matchday 3: December 13/14
  • Matchday 4: December 20/21
  • Matchday 5: January 24/25
  • Matchday 6: January 30/31

Quarter-final & semi-final draw

  • February 6

Quarter-finals

  • First leg: March 19/20
  • Second leg: March 27/28

Semi-finals

  • First leg: April 20/21
  • Second leg: April 27/28

Final (San Mames, Bilbao)

  • May 24/25/26 (TBC)

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