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Need to know: UEFA Women's Champions League draw

Keira Walsh is congratulated by her team mates after scoring the opener

Keira Walsh is congratulated by her team mates after scoring the opener

City will discover our 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League opponents this month.

Nick Cushing's side will learn our Round of 32 fate at 1:30 CET on Friday 16 August 2019, ahead of our fourth European adventure.

Here's everything you need to know about the competition and the draw, which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland...

Brief history

The Women’s Champions League is Europe’s elite club competition.

Originally named the UEFA Women's Cup, it debuted in the 2001/02 season before being rebranded for the 2009/10 campaign when, for the first time, the runners-up from the top eight ranked nations were able to participate.

The format of the final was also changed, becoming a single match played in the same city as the men's tournament as opposed to a two-legged contest.

Six-time winners and current holders Lyon are the most successful club in the history of the competition.

Arsenal are the only English side to have won the tournament, defeating Umea 1-0 over two legs in April 2007.

Format and qualification

The tournament involves the top club teams from countries affiliated with the European governing body UEFA.

A record 62 teams from 50 associations have entered the 2019/20 edition.

The group winners progress to join 22 teams given byes to the round of 32. In contrast to the men's tournament, there is no group stage in the UWCL.

Holders Lyon, the top two clubs from the ten highest-ranked countries (a list which also includes Lyon) and the champions of the 11th and 12th-ranked nations (Scotland and Austria) in accordance with the association coefficient rankings receive byes.

The other 40 teams (the Scottish and Austrian runners-up, and the champions of the remaining 38 associations) are involved in the qualifying round in August. The ten qualifying group winners proceed to the Round of 32 draw with the two-legged knockout phase commencing in September.

WINNERS: 2019 FA Cup.

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Seeding

The sides with the highest cofficient are seeded and placed in a separate pot from the unseeded teams. No club can meet a team from their own association. The seeds will play the second leg at home.

The contenders

Qualifying round group winners

Group 1: Breidablik (ISL)

Group 2:
Mitrovica (KOS)

Group 3:
Hibernian (SCO)

Group 4:
FC Minsk (BLR)

Group 5:
ŽFK Spartak (SRB)

Group 6: BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ)

Group 7: Braga (POR)

Group 8: Anderlecht (BEL, hosts)

Group 9: FC Twente (NED, hosts)

Group 10:
Vllaznia (ALB)

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Seeded

Lyon (FRA, holders) coefficient 129.865
Wolfsburg (GER) 112.575
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 99.865
Barcelona (ESP) 91.160
Bayern München (GER) 67.575
Slavia Praha (CZE) 59.870
Manchester City (ENG) 59.655
Brøndby (DEN) 50.045
Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) 47.045
FC Zürich (SUI) 44.230
BIIK-Kazygurt* (KAZ) 34.580
Glasgow City (SCO) 34.085
Atlético Madrid (ESP) 33.160
Sparta Praha (CZE) 32.870
FC Twente* (NED) 26.900
Fiorentina (ITA) 26.890

Unseeded

St. Pölten (AUT) 20.270
ŽFK Spartak* (SRB) 17.955
Arsenal (ENG) 17.655
Piteå (SWE) 17.655
Göteborg (SWE) 17.655
FC Minsk* (BLR) 16.625
Juventus (ITA) 14.890
Ryazan-VDV (RUS) 14.580
Hibernian* (SCO) 13.085
Breidablik* (ISL) 10.930

Lugano (SUI) 10.230
Chertanovo (RUS) 8.580
Vllaznia* (ALB) 7.315
Anderlecht* (BEL) 5.465 
Braga* (POR) 3.630
Mitrovica* (KOS) 0.330

Key dates

Round of 32 draw: 16 August 2019, Nyon
Round of 32: 11/12 & 25/26 September 2019
Round of 16 draw: 30 September 2019, Nyon
Round of 16: 16/17 & 30/31 October 2019
Quarter-final & semi-final draw: 8 November 2019, Nyon
Quarter-finals: 24/25 March & 1/2 April 2020
Semi-finals: 25/26 April & 2/3 May 2020
Final (Viola Park, Vienna): 24 May 2020

City's European history

Cushing's side made our Champions League debut in the 2016/17 campaign, having finished second in the FA WSL in 2015.

An incredible debut campaign saw Cushing's side reach the semi-finals, defeating Zvezda Perm (6-0 on aggregate), Brondby (2-1 agg.) and Fortuna Hjorring (2-0 agg.) before falling to the eventual competition winners Lyon (3-2 agg.)

City ended the 2016 domestic season as league and Continental Tyres Cup champions to qualify to the 2017/18 tournament. and repeated the success of the previous year, defeating St Polten (6-0 agg.), Lillestrom (7-1 agg.) and Linkoping (7-3 agg.) before once again being edged out by Lyon in the last four.

The 2018/19 would prove unsuccessful, as City fell at the first hurdle, losing to Atletico Madrid over two legs in the Round of 32, but the domestic cup double winners secured progression to our fourth successive European tournament with a top-two finish in the FA WSL.

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