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UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying
UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying
Thursday 18 August 2022
Kickoff at 20:00 BST
Ciudad Deportiva del Real Madrid Campo 11
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Everything you need to know ahead of City's return to competitive action...

When and where

City's return to European action begins against our opponents from Kazakhstan at Madrid's Campo 11 on Thursday 18 August, with kick-off scheduled for 20:00 (UK).

The match is available to watch live on CITY+ and our official Recast channel.


Available for just £2.99 per month across all our digital platforms, a CITY+ subscription provides supporters with unrivalled access to new and exclusive City content.

It will allow you to watch full-match replays of all Men's and Women's matches as well as selected broadcasts of Women's, Elite Development Squad and Academy matches.

Recast, a pay-per-view streaming platform, gives fans easy and affordable access to the sports and entertainment they love.

Watch on Recast

If you can’t tune in, you can follow all the action as it unfolds on our dedicated matchday Twitter account: @ManCityWomen.

A comprehensive match report, as well as reaction from Gareth Taylor and one of our players, will also be available just after full-time here on and the official Man City app.

Competition format

City enter the UEFA Women's Champions League at the First Round stage in Group Four of the league path.

Should we get the better of Tomiris-Turan, we will face the winner of Real Madrid's clash with Austrian side Sturm Graz in the Round One final.

All matches are being played at the same location, with the winners of this mini-tournament then facing a two-legged Round Two tie in order to qualify for the 16-team group stage that begins in October.


Team news

Gareth Taylor revealed in his pre-match press conference that our England representatives could play a part in Thursday’s clash.

Ellie RoebuckAlex GreenwoodDemi StokesKeira WalshChloe KellyLauren Hemp and Ellen White were all part of the squad who finished as Euro 2022 champions this summer.

And while White will not travel with the squad after being handed an extended period of leave due to personal reasons, Taylor explained that the rest of our England contingent could feature in Madrid

Taking a more general look at the squad, the City boss revealed that defender Ruby Mace would be the only other absentee ahead of our first competitive fixture of the season.

Gareth Taylor preview

"We've got some footage (of WFC Tomiris-Turan), and they are quite an aggressive team.

"They try to engage, whether they do it against us remains to be seen but we're prepared for that. We’ve managed to do as much homework as we can.

"We won’t underestimate tomorrow’s opponents. We’ve got to make sure we do the job first and then address the following game after that."

Previous encounter

Thursday's clash represents the first meeting between City and Tomiris-Turan.

The Kazakhstani side, based in the city of Turkistan, are making their Champions League debut having finished as runners up in their domestic division last season.

Match Officials

Referee: Marina Zivkovic (SRB)
Assistant referees: Andrea Milosevic (SRB), Francesca Di Monte (ITA)
Fourth official: Maria Sole Caputi (ITA)

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