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When is the UCL draw? Champions League round of 16 draw details

The UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw is set to take place next week after the culmination of the final round of group stage matches. Going into this week, a dozen of the 16 spots for the first knockout round are secured meaning there are still four spaces to be determined across Tuesday's and Wednesday's fixtures.

Discover everything you need to know about the UCL draw including time, location, teams involved and TV streaming options below…

When is the UCL draw?
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When is the UCL draw? Round of 16 draw date, location and time

The UCL round of 16 draw will take place on Monday 18 December at 11:00 UK time. The draw will take place at UEFA's footballing base in Nyon, Switzerland and representatives from every club involved in the draw are expected to be there.

Although UEFA are advertising an 11am start, these draws do typically take a while to get going so expect the actual draw to take place from 11:15 onwards.

How does the UCL round of 16 draw work?

The Champions League round of 16 draw is straightforward in that the eight group winners will be drawn to play the eight group runners-up.

Can teams from the same country play each other in the Champions League round of 16?

No. The only complication is that, at this stage of the tournament, two teams from the same nation can't be drawn to play each other. For example, Bayern Munich (Group A winners) will not be able to be drawn to play Leipzig (Group G runners-up).

Which teams have already qualified?

The 12 teams who have already confirmed their place in the UCL round of 16 are:

Group winners:

  • Bayern Munich
  • Arsenal
  • Real Madrid
  • Man City

Group runners-up:

  • PSV
  • Leipzig

Qualified but position still undetermined

  • Real Sociedad
  • Inter Milan
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Lazio
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Barcelona

Which teams can still qualify?

There are still ten teams in the running for the final four spots in the round of 16 draw. These clubs are:

  • FC Copenhagen
  • Galatasaray
  • Man Utd
  • Napoli
  • Braga
  • PSG
  • Newcastle
  • AC Milan
  • Porto
  • Shakhtar Donetsk

In terms of English interest, Manchester United and Newcastle both only have slim chances of making it into the draw. Man Utd need to beat Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on matchday 6 and hope FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray draw while Newcastle need to beat AC Milan and hope PSG fail to beat Borussia Dortmund.

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How can I watch the Champions League draw?

The UCL last 16 draw will be streamed live on UEFA's website and app. For fans in the UK, TNT Sport will also be showing the draw live with immediate reaction from pundits and club representatives of the British clubs involved.

When are the UCL round of 16 matches?

The UCL round of 16 matches take place over a five-week period in February and March. The Champions League takes a break after the group stages so fans will have to wait two months following Wednesday night's matches for their Champions Leauge fix. The round of 16 dates are:

First legs: 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st February 2024

Second legs: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th March 2024

Which teams play on which day will be confirmed by UEFA shortly after the draw is finished so fans can start planning their European away trips. Hotels and flights typically go up in price once the dates are confirmed so act quickly to avoid the price hike.

Where is the Champions League final being played this year?

The Champions League final is taking place at Wembley Stadium in 2024. The 16 clubs in the draw next week will all be dreaming of playing at the home of football in June 2024 to win club football's biggest prize.

Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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