Women's Team

Explained: UEFA Women's Champions League Round One

Manchester City’s 2022/23 UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign begins this week, as we take on Tomiris-Turan.

Gareth Taylor’s side face the Kazakhstan outfit in Round One of the qualifying rounds for the Group Stage.

The game kicks-off at 20:00 (UK) on Thursday 18 August and will be broadcast live on CITY+ and Recast.

Ahead of the tie, here is everything you need to know about the first round of the competition.

Format

Fifty-eight clubs are involved in Round One, which is split into two paths: The Champions Path and the League Path.

City will participate in the League Path, which includes all the teams that qualified for the tournament without winning their respective domestic league.

Sixteens clubs will enter Round One of the League Path, taking part in four, four-team mini-tournaments, which include a one-legged semi-final, a final and a third-place playoff.

City face Tomiris-Turan in the semi-final and, should they progress, they will play one of Real Madrid or Sturm Graz in the final for a chance to progress to Round Two.

Rules

If the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes in both the Round One semi-final and final, 30 minutes of extra-time will be played.

If the scores remain level, the game will be decided by a penalty shootout.

Location

The four Round One mini-tournaments in the League Path will be hosted by a team in each tournament.

In City’s case, Real Madrid are the hosts, so we will play all our Round One games in the Spanish capital.

The Tomiris-Turan fixture takes place at the Campo 11 ground.

Which other teams are involved in Round One of the League Path?

Group 1

Paris FC (FRA) vs Servette FCCF (SUI)

Glasgow City (SCO) vs Roma (ITA)

Group 2

FC Minsk (BLR) vs Slovácko (CZE)

Breidablik (ISL) vs Rosenborg (NOR)

Group 3

Ajax (NED) vs Kristianstad (SWE)

Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) vs Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)

Group 4

Real Madrid (ESP) vs Sturm Graz (AUT)

Manchester City (ENG) vs Tomiris-Turan (KAZ)

What happens if City progress?

Should Taylor’s side win our Round One mini-tournament, we will progress to the second round of League Path qualifying for the Group Stage.

We will be joined by the three other winners of the League Path’s first round mini-tournaments and six teams who qualified directly for Round Two.

These are: Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Sparta Prague, BK Hacken and Real Sociedad.

The Round Two draw takes place on Thursday 1 September.

Round Two will be played over two legs, with each side playing once at home and the winners will progress to the Group Stage.

What is the Champions Path?

The Champions Path includes the 45 teams who won their respective domestic league but did not qualify automatically for the Group Stage.

Forty-two of these teams will participate in their own Round One, with an 11-group mini-tournament which follows the same format as City’s League Path.

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