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Women's Champions League Group Stage Draw!

With last year's finalists and semi-finalists Wolfsburg and Arsenal already out of the competition before the group stage has even begun, this season's Champions League is set to be full of drama!


Pot 1 was made up of four league champions that automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage, with defending Champions League winners Barcelona placed into pot 1 alongside Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Lyon.


The remaining 12 clubs who made it to the Champions League group stage had to play many rounds of qualifiers to get there.



Who has been drawn into which group?


Group A


Pot 1 - Barcelona

Barcelona have reached the final of the Champions League in four out of the last five seasons, with them being knocked out in the semi-final on the other occasion. In 2020/21 and 2022/23, they won the Champions League, beating Chelsea and Wolfsburg.

Barcelona automatically qualified for the Champions League after winning Spain's Primera Division last season.


Pot 2 - Rosengard

FC Rosengard were the Swedish champions in three out of the last four years. They currently sit seventh in the Damallsvenskan, the top-tier of women's football in Sweden, with the Swedish league season drawing to a close.

Rosengard comfortably qualified for the group stage with a 7-2 aggregate win over Serbia's Spartak Subotica.



Pot 3 - Benfica

Over recent years, Benfica have been dominating the Campeonato Nacional Feminino, the top-tier of women's football in Portugal. They are the current champions and have three consecutive titles under their belt.

Benfica beat Cyprus' Apollon with a confident 11-0 aggregate score to secure themselves a spot in the group stage.


Pot 4 - Eintracht Frankfurt

Although currently sitting sixth in the Frauen-Bundesliga, Frankfurt have finished third in the top-tier German league for two consecutive seasons. The club have seven Frauen-Bundesliga titles to their name.

Eintracht Frankfurt gained a group stage place after a comfortable 8-0 win on aggregate against Czech Republic's Sparta Praha.



Group B


Pot 1 - Lyon

Lyon are the most successful club in the history of the Women's Champions League, with eight Champions League titles under their belt. They are also the most successful club in France's top-tier of women's football, Division 1 Feminine, with fifteen league titles.

Lyon automatically qualified for the Champions League group stage after winning last season's Division 1 Feminine.



Pot 2 - Slavia Praha

Slavia Praha are currently top of Czech Republic's Women's First League (1. Liga Women). They have won Czech's top division on 9 occasions, finishing consistently in the top two for the last twenty-two years.

To reach this season's Champions League group stage, Slavia Praha dominated their qualifying matches against Romania's Olimpia Cluj, winning 11-0 on aggregate.


Pot 3 - St Polten

St Polten sit at the top of Austria's top-flight of women's football OFB-Frauenliga, and have won the league in eight consecutive seasons.

The Austrian side were victorious against Iceland's Valur, winning 4-1 on aggregate to progress to the Champions League group stage.


Pot 4 - Brann

SK Brann Kvinner have won the two most recent Norwegian Toppserien titles, and currently sit fourth in their league table.

Norway's Brann secured their Champions League group stage place after a 6-0 win against Scotland's Glasgow City.



Group C


Pot 1 - Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich reached the Champions League semi-final in 2018/19 and 2020/21 and have finished in the top two of the Frauen-Bundesliga for the last nine consecutive years, winning four titles. Currently they are third in the Frauen-Bundesliga table, having drawn with two clubs who sit at the bottom end of the table.

Bayern gained automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage after winning Germany's top-flight Frauen-Bundesliga last season.


Pot 2 - Paris Saint-Germain

Currently third in France's Division 1 Feminine, PSG won the French top-flight league in the 2020/21 season and reached the Champions League final in 2015 and 2017.

PSG gained their Champions League group stage place after beating England's Women's Super League runners-up Manchester United 4-2 on aggregate.


Pot 3 - Roma

Roma are sitting at the top of Serie A, with five wins out of five. Last season they were crowned the Serie A league champions for the first time.

To reach this season's Champions League group stage, Roma defeated Ukraine's Vorskla with an aggregate score of 9-1.



Pot 4 - Ajax

Ajax were The Netherland's Eredivisie league champions last season, and have finished in the top two of the Dutch league in seven of the last eight seasons.

They secured their spot in the group stage with an impressive 8-0 aggregate victory over Switzerland's Zurich.



Group D


Pot 1 - Chelsea

Having won the WSL in four consecutive years, Chelsea are a well-known name within the Champions League, reaching the semi-finals on two recent occasions.

Chelsea automatically qualified for the Champions League after winning England's Women's Super League last season.


Pot 2 - Real Madrid

Real Madrid have been second-best in Spain's Primera Division for years, with Barcelona leading the way consistently. Currently, the whites are third in their league table.

A comfortable four-goal lead against Norway's Valerenga secured Real Madrid's place in this season's Champions League.


Pot 3 - BK Hacken

BK Hacken finished as runners-up last season in the Damallsvenskan, the top-tier of women's football in Sweden. They currently sit atop of their league table, three points clear of title-rivals Hammarby.

Hacken qualified for the group stage after beating Netherland's Twente 4-3 on aggregate.


Pot 4 - Paris FC

With a third place finish in France's Division 1 Feminine last season and currently sitting second in their league table, behind Lyon on just goal difference, Paris FC are a force to be reckoned with.

Paris beat last year's Champions League finalists Wolfsburg 5-3 on aggregate in order to secure their spot in the group stage.




Who faces the toughest challenge?


Group D seemingly will be the toughest group to win; featuring English champions Chelsea, Spanish runners-up Real Madrid, Swedish runners-up BK Hacken, and Paris FC who beat both Arsenal and Wolfsburg to reach the group stage.


Groups A and C will also be highly competitive, with Pot 1's Barcelona and Bayern Munich having strong competitors making it difficult for them to top their respective groups.


Group B on paper should be the easiest group for Lyon to win, but the drama of the champions league could see some shock results!




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