When is the UEFA Champions League knockout stage 2024? Dates, schedule, draw, fixtures and group standings

The UEFA Champions League knockout stage will produce some of the most anticipated matches of 2024 as the best teams in Europe aim to reach the final in London.

The two-legged round of 16, quarterfinal and semifinal ties will culminate in the finalists contesting the trophy in a one-off showpiece at Wembley Stadium.

The teams who make it will have played at least two matches a month in the competition between February and May, having qualified from a group stage which took place between September and December.

So, when does the knockout stage start? When do the matches take place and how are the fixtures going to be decided? The Sporting News provides the dates to look out for.

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UEFA Champions League knockout stage start date

After a two-month break from mid-December, the 2023/24 Champions League will resume with the round of 16 stage in February 2024.

Teams will play the first legs of their ties on February 13, 14, 20 or 21, with the return matches on March 5, 6, 12 or 13.

Away goals do not count in the Champions League after the rule was dropped before the 2021/22 season, so ties that are level at the end of normal time in the second leg go to extra time and, if necessary, penalties.

Champions League knockout stage schedule

The quarterfinals take place in April, with the semifinals starting on the final day of the month and concluding in May.

The final takes place on June 1 – which is 13 days before the first game of Euro 2024 in Germany. Here’s the full knockout stage schedule.

Stage Dates
Round of 16 February 13/14, 20/21 (first legs); March 5/6, 12/13 (second legs)
Quarter-finals April 9/10 (first legs); 16/17 (second legs)
Semi-finals April 30/May (first legs); May 7/8 (second legs)
Final June 1

Champions League knockout stage 2024 draw date

The draw for the Round of 16 will be made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, December 18, 2023 at 12 noon CET (6 a.m. ET, 11am GMT).

The teams will be divided into group winners and second-place finishers, with each runner-up drawn against a group winner.

No team can be drawn against a rival from the same country until at least the quarterfinals. Third-placed finishers in each Champions League group will drop into the Europa League playoff round.

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Teams in the Uefa Champions League knockout stage, tables

The table below will be updated after the final matchday to confirm which teams have qualified for the 2023/24 Champions League round of 16.

Table updated after Matchday 5.

Team Date progressed Group
Manchester City (ENG) Nov. 7 Group G
RB Leipzig (GER) Nov. 7 Group G
Bayern Munich (GER) Nov. 8 Group A
Real Madrid (SPA) Nov. 8 Group C
Real Sociedad (SPA) Nov. 8 Group D
Inter Milan (ITA) Nov. 8 Group D
Atletico Madrid (SPA) Nov. 28 Group E
Lazio (ITA) Nov. 28 Group E
Borussia Dortmund (GER) Nov. 28 Group F
Barcelona (SPA) Nov. 28 Group H
Arsenal (ENG) Nov. 29 Group B
PSV (NED) Nov. 29 Group B

Here’s how the group tables looked after Matchday 5.

Q = Qualified for Champions League knockout round
X = Drops to Europa League knockout round
E = Eliminated from European play

Group A table

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Bayern Munich-Q 13 5 4 0 1 11 6 +5
3. Galatasaray 5 5 1 2 2 10 12 -2
2. Copenhagen 5 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1
4. Man United 4 5 1 3 1 12 14 -2

Group B table

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Arsenal-Q 12 5 4 1 0 15 3 +12
2. PSV-Q 8 5 2 1 2 7 9 -2
3. Lens 5 5 1 2 2 4 10 -6
4. Sevilla 2 5 0 3 2 6 10 -4

Group C table

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Real Madrid-Q 15 5 5 0 0 13 5 +8
2. Napoli 7 5 2 2 1 8 9 -1
3. Sporting Braga 4 5 1 3 1 6 10 -4
4. Union Berlin 2 5 0 3 2 4 7 -3

Group D table

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Real Sociedad-Q 11 5 3 0 2 7 2 +5
2. Inter Milan-Q 11 5 3 0 2 8 5 +3
3. RB Salzburg 4 5 1 3 1 3 5 -2
4. Benfica 1 5 0 4 1 4 10 -6

Group E table

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Atletico-Q 11 5 3 2 0 15 6 +9
2. Lazio-Q 10 5 3 1 1 7 5 +2
3. Feyenoord-X 6 5 2 3 0 8 8 0
4. Celtic-E 1 5 0 4 1 3 14 -11

Group F table

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Bor. Dortmund-Q  10 5 3 1 1 6 3 +3
2. PSG 7 5 2 2 1 8 7 +1
3. Newcastle 5 5 1 2 2 5 5 0
4. AC Milan 5 5 1 2 2 3 7 -4

Group G table

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Man City-Q 15 5 5 0 0 15 5 +10
2. RB Leipzig-Q 9 5 3 2 0 11 9 +2
3. Young Boys-X 4 5 1 3 1 6 11 -5
4. Red Star Belgrade-E 1 5 0 4 1 5 12 -6

Group H table

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Barcelona-Q 12 5 4 1 0 10 3 +7
2. Porto 9 5 3 2 0 10 5 +5
3. Shakhtar Donetsk 9 5 3 2 0 7 7 0
4. Antwerp-E 0 5 0 5 0 3 15 -12

Champions League knockout stage fixtures: Wembley awaits again

The 2023/2024 season marks a record eighth time that the final will take place at Wembley Stadium and the third time it has been held at the modern version of England’s national stadium.

The finals of Champions League predecessor the European Cup were held at Wembley in 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978 and 1992.

Barcelona beat Manchester United in the 2011 final, Lionel Messi giving them the lead for the first time by scoring their second goal.

When the final returned there two years later, Arjen Robben scored the 89th-minute winner in an all-German decider to give Bayern Munich victory over Borussia Dortmund.

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