Women’s Champions League round 1 begins Tuesday, with the semis on 17 and 18 August and finals three days later

The new-look UEFA Women’s Champions League kicks off on Tuesday and Wednesday with the round 1 semi-finals, followed by the finals on Friday and Saturday.

Round 1 is one of two rounds before the new 16-team group stage, which begins in October. It will be split into two paths: the champions path and the league path. In both paths, round 1 will consist of two stages, each of one-off matches: semi-finals and finals/third-place play-offs. The winners of each final (11 in champions path, four in league path) will progress to round 2.

A record 72 teams from 50 different associations will take part in the new-look 2021/22 UEFA Women’s Champions League.

In all, 59 clubs will be involved in the round 1 draw streamed live at 13:00 CET on Friday, with nine more starting in round 2 and four entering directly in the new 16-team group stage. The 12 debutants include the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, Hoffenheim, Bordeaux and Celtic.

Who enters when?

• The holders andthe champions of the three highest-ranked associations (France, Germany and Spain) enter in the group stage. As Barcelona are both title holders and champions of Spain, the champions of the fourth-ranked association (England) also enter in the group stage, meaning Chelsea join Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern München.

• The champions of the remaining associations will go into the champions path. The champions of associations ranked 5 to 7 (Sweden, Czech Republic and Denmark) will enter in round 2, with the rest (ranked 8 to 50) entering in round 1.

• The runners-up of the six highest-ranked associations (France, Germany, Spain, England, Sweden, Czech Republic) will enter in round 2 of the league path.

• The third-placed teams of those six associations, and the runners-up of the next ten highest-ranked associations (Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Scotland, Russia, Belarus) will enter in round 1 of the league path.

Premier League champions Manchester City begin their 2021/22 season under way at Tottenham Hotspur when the new season kicks off on the weekend of August 14.

Group 1 (hosts Gintra)

18 August:
Semi-finals

Breidablik vs KÍ Klaksvík 
Gintra vs Flora Tallinn 

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Group 2 (hosts Glasgow City)

18 August:
Semi-finals

Glasgow City vs Birkirkara 
BIIK-Shymkent vs Slovan Bratislava 

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Group 3 (hosts Osijek)

18 August:
Semi-finals

Anderlecht vs Hayasa 
Osijek vs Breznica Pljevlja

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Group 4 (hosts SFK 2000 Sarajevo)

18 August:
Semi-finals

SFK 2000 Sarajevo vs Racing FC Union Luxembourg 
Benfica vs Qiryat-Gat 

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Group 5 (hosts Åland United)

18 August:
Semi-finals

Servette FCCF vs Glentoran 
Olimpia Cluj vs Åland United 

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Group 6 (hosts Apollon LFC)

18 August:
Semi-finals

Apollon LFC vs Dinamo-BSUPC 
CSKA Moskva vs Swansea City 

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Group 7 (hosts PAOK)

18 August:
Semi-finals
PAOK vs Agarista CSF Anenii Noi 
Vålerenga vs Mitrovica 

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Group 8 (hosts Juventus)

18 August:
Semi-finals

Juventus vs Kamenica Sasa 
St. Pölten vs Beşiktaş 

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Group 9 (hosts Twente)

18 August:
Semi-finals
Spartak Subotica vs Peamount United 
Twente vs WFC Nike 

21 August:
Third-place match
 
Final 

Round 1 (one-venue mini-tournaments)
Semi-finals: 18 August
Finals/third-place play-offs: 21 August

Round 2 draw
22 August

Round 2
First leg: 31 August/1 September
Second leg: 8/9 September

Group stage draw
13 September

Group stage
Matchday 1: 5/6 October
Matchday 2: 13/14 October
Matchday 3: 9/10 November
Matchday 4: 17/18 November
Matchday 5: 8/9 December
Matchday 6: 15/16 December

Quarter-final & semi-final draw
20 December

Quarter-finals
First leg: 22/23 March
Second leg: 30/31 March

Semi-finals
First leg: 23/24 April
Second leg: 30 April/1 May

Final (Juventus Stadium, Turin)
Date tbc