The draw of the Women’s Champions League has seen Arsenal draw face five-time tournament winners Lyon in the group stage, while Chelsea will take on Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester City and Rangers were the other two British teams in with a shot of making it to the European tournament, but lost in the first and second qualifying rounds respectively.
City recently lost a large pool of talent in the summer transfer window. Ellen White, Jill Scott, Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway and Lucy Bronze all said their farewells to the club but the latter three will still feature in Europe’s most prestigious football tournament.
Lucy Bronze joined Barcelona in the early stages of the summer transfer season while Keira Walsh became the most expensive transfer after she was signed by the Camp Nou side on deadline day.
The pair will meet Georgia Stanway in the group stages after the England midfielder moved to Bayern Munich.
The Women’s Champions League is by far one of the sport’s biggest competitions and as the investment in women’s football continues to grow, so does the financial reward of winning such tournaments.
With only a few weeks to go before the tournament begins, here is a breakdown of the Women’s Champions League prize money...
What is the Women’s Champions League prize money?
The introduction of 16 teams in the group stage in 2021/22 also significantly added to the financial reward of the tournament.
UEFA have increased the overall pot of the WCL, with the winner taking home €350,000 (around £301,000) and the runners-up will likely take home £172,000.
Breakdown of prize money:
- Winner: €350,000
- Runner-up: €200,000
- Semi-finalists: €180,000
- Quarter-finalists: €160,000
- Group stage win: €50,000
- Groups stage draw: €17,000
- Qualifying for group stage: €400,000
Hosts receive a further €30,000 with visiting sides reieving an additional €65,000. There is a total of €24 million available for distribution in the UWCL with €11.5m going into the group stage onwards, €7m to the qualifying stage and €5.6million to non-participating clubs for development purposes.
How much does the Men’s Champions League receive?
The men’s Champions League, which has a bigger TV audience and longer history, have €2.7 billion (£2.3bn) available for distribution in the latter competition.
The women receive less than one percent of this number with their €24million.
The winner of the men’s Champions League receives €20m (£17.2m) and there is an additional TV revenue that the clubs get a share of with the pot estimated to be around €300m (£258m).
When does the Women’s Champions League begin?
The tournament will begin with the six matchdays that take place this side of Christmas.
- Matchday 1: Wednesday 19/Thursday 20 October 2022
- Matchday 2: Wednesday 26/Thursday 27 October 2022
- Matchday 3: Wednesday 23/Thursday 24 November 2022
- Matchday 4: Wednesday 7/Thursday 8 December 2022
- Matchday 5: Wednesday 15/Thursday 16 December 2022
- Matchday 6: Wednesday 21/Thursday 22 December 2022
- First leg: Tuesday 21/Wednesday 22 March 2023
- Second leg: Wednesday 29/Thursday 30 March 2023
- First leg: Saturday 22/Sunday 23 April 2023
- Second leg: Saturday 29 April/Sunday 30 April 2023
- Saturday 3 OR Sunday 4 June 2023
How to watch the Women’s Champions League
DAZN will have all of the coverage of the Women’s Champions League with matches available both on their website and on their YouTube channel for free.