A guide detailing all the important dates for next season’s Champions League competition
With the sides that will be competing in the 2012-2013 Champions League having almost been decided, there are many fans who will now be looking forward to next season’s competition, and for those involved in qualifying matches in particular, planning their holidays around their teams’ matches.
The draw for the first and second qualifying round takes place on June 25th 2012, with the first round first-leg matches being played a week later on the July 3rd and 4th.
The draw for the third qualifying round takes place on July 20th, with the matches being played on July 31st, August 1st, August 7th and August 8th.
The final qualifying round will then be drawn on August 10th, with the first legs scheduled for either August 21st or August 22nd, and the second legs for August 28th or August 29th.
The eight Champions League groups are drawn on the August 28th, with the first match of the tournament proper being played on September 18th, and the final is set for May 25th, 2013 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2012-13 DATES
June 25th - Draw for Champions League Qual R1 & Qual R2
July 3rd & 4th - Champions League Qual R1, 1st leg
July 10th & 11th - Champions League Qual R1, 2nd leg
July 17th & 18th - Champions League Qual R2, 1st leg
July 20th - Draw for Champions League Qual R3
July 24th - Champions League Qual R2, 2nd leg
July 31st - Champions League Qual R3, 1st leg
August 1st - Champions League Qual R3, 1st leg
August 7th & 8th - Champions League Qual R3, 2nd leg
August 10th - Draw for Champions League play-offs
August 21st & 22nd - Champions League play-offs, 1st leg
August 28th & 29th - Champions League play-offs, 2nd leg
August 30th - Draw for Champions League group stage
September 18th & 19th - Champions League Matchday 1
October 2nd & 3rd - Champions League Matchday 2
October 23rd & 24th - Champions League Matchday 3
November 6th & 7th - Champions League Matchday 4
November 20th & 21st - Champions League Matchday 5
December 4th & 5th - Champions League Matchday 6
December 14th - Draw for Champions League last 16
February 12th & 13th - Champions League last 16, 1st leg
February 19th & 20th - Champions League last 16, 1st leg
March 5th & 6th - Champions League last 16, 2nd leg
March 12th & 13th - Champions League last 16, 2nd leg
March 15th - Draw for Champions League QF and SFs
April 2nd & 3rd - Champions League quarter finals, 1st leg
April 9th & 10th - Champions League quarter finals, 2nd leg
April 23 & 24 - Champions League semi finals, 1st leg
April 30th - Champions League semi finals, 2nd leg
May 1st - Champions League semi finals, 2nd leg
May 25th - Champions League final in London