Champions League Draw: Live Stream, Seeding Pots, Timing, Watch Online

Champions League draw
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates with the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The 2018/19 Champions League group stage draw will take place at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco at 11:45 EST, Thursday. The 32-teams involved in the draw are divided into four pots of eight ahead of the start of the group stage next month.

What teams are involved?

Here are all the 32 teams involved in today’s draw:

  • Spain: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia
  • England: Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham
  • Germany: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig
  • France: PSG, Lyon, Lille
  • Netherlands: Ajax
  • Portugal: Benfica
  • Ukraine: Shakhtar Donestk
  • Russia: Zent St. Petersburg,Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Belgium: Genk
  • Austria: RB Salzburg
  • Turkey: Galatasary
  • Greece: Olympiakos
  • Belgium: Club Brugge
  • Czech Republic: Slavia Prague
  • Serbia: Red Star Belgrade
  • Croatia: Dinamo Zagreb

What are the pots?

There are four pots, with each containing eight teams which cannot be seeded in the same group. Furthermore, no teams from the same country can be seeded in the same group either.

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
LiverpoolReal MadridLyonLokomotiv Moscow
ChelseaAtletico MadridBayer LeverkusenGenk
Manchester CityBorussia DortmundOlympiakosRB Leipzig
JuventusNapoliClub BruggeSlavia Prague
Bayern MunichShakhtar DonestkValenciaRed Star Belgrade
PSGAjaxInter MilanAtlanta
ZenitBenficaDinamo ZagrebLille

Champions League Group Stage Draw

Der BVB spielt regelmäßig in der Champions League.
NYON, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 21: Borussia Dortmund is drawn during the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 season quarter-finals draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on March 21, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)

Are there any restrictions?

As per UEFA rules and political tensions, the following restrictions apply to the Champions League group stage draw:

  • No two teams from the same pot can be drawn against each other in the group stage
  • No two teams from the same country can be drawn against each other
  • Owing to the political tensions, teams from Ukraine and Russia can’t be drawn in the same group

What is the prize money?

As one might expect, the prize money differs based on where a team finishes in the competition.

  • Group-stage: $17m
  • Round of 16: $10.5m
  • Quarter-finals: $11.6m
  • Semi-finals: $13.3m
  • Final: 16.5m

It must be noted that victory and draw related bonuses are separate from the amounts mentioned above. Also, provided a team wins the UEFA Champions League, it will get another $4.5 beside these amounts.


Champions League Schedule and where to watch

Wie viele große Spieler vor ihm auch blieb Harry Kane in Madrid der bittere Weg am Meistercup vorbei in nicht erspart...
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur walks past the UEFA Champions League trophy dejected after collecting his runners up medal after the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Champions League Schedule

Here’s how the 2018/19 Champions League will pan out:

  • Matchweek 1: September 17-18
  • Matchweek 2: October 1-2
  • Matchweek 3: October 22-23
  • Matchweek 4: November 5-6
  • Matchweek 5: November 26-27
  • Matchweek 6: December 10-11
  • Round of 16 draw: December 16
  • Saturday May 30: Final at Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul

Where to watch the Champions League draw?

There are two options for anyone wanting to watch the Champions league draw live.

  • For global audience: UEFA will be broadcasting the draw live on its website. You can watch the draw by clicking here
  • For UK-based audience: Provided you live in the country and are a subscriber to BT Sport, you can watch the draw live on the channel as well as the BT Sport App.

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