Women’s Champions League 2023/24: Full fixtures calendar, when are the draws, how does qualification work?

The qualification rounds for the Women's Champions League are a little bit complicated, but we've got a full explainer here to make things simple. We've also got the full UWCL calendar, including fixtures, draws, and all the dates you'll need in 2023/24.

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It wasn’t long after the final whistle in 2022/23 Women’s Champions League final that attention started to turn toward the 2023/24 edition of the competition. With Barcelona Femeni still celebrating their most recent European triumph, draws have already been made for the coming campaign’s qualification rounds.

The competition proper has just 16 teams competing in its group phase, leaving it exclusively to the continent’s very best sides and a lot of high-quality and big-name clubs before getting that far. With the qualification rounds a little more complex than they are in the men’s game, they take a little time to get to grips with. Here, we have you covered with step-by-step guidelines to exactly how it works, as well as having the 2023/24 Women’s Champions League fixtures calendar in its entirety.

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

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.

Cristiana Girelli celebrates a goal in the UWCL. (@JuventusFCWomen)

The Champions Path

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.

This is where Italian champions AS Roma find themselves.

Elena Linari celebrates a UWCL goal. (@ASRomaWomen)

The League Path

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.

Round 2 consists of two-legged playoff ties, with the winner of each qualifying for the group stage of the 2023/24 Women’s Champions League.

This is where Juventus find themselves.

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

Juventus Women’s Julia Grosso. (Photo: Getty)

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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