The UEFA Champions League and Europa League draws for the quarterfinal stages of each competition will take place on Friday, March 15, in Nyon, Switzerland. The Champions League draw will begin at 7 a.m. ET followed by the Europa League draw at 8 a.m.
This will be the last draw for each competition, setting up the quarterfinal matchups as well as the bracket for the semifinals and final.
Below, find everything you need to know about the Champions and Europa League draws, including teams, schedules, how they work and where to watch.
UEFA Champions League and Europa League Draws: Qualified Teams
By Friday, there will be eight teams left in each competition.
UEFA Champions League and Europa League Draws: Schedule
The quarterfinal draw for each competition is on Friday, March 15. Each quarterfinal and semifinal matchup will be home and away over two legs. Here are the schedules and dates for the rest of the UEFA season.
Champions League (All quarterfinals and semifinals are Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Quarterfinals Leg 1: April 9 and 10
Quarterfinals Leg 2: April 16 and 17
Semifinals Leg 1: April 30 and May 1
Semifinals Leg 2: May 7 and 8
Final: Saturday, June 1, at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain.
Quarterfinals Leg 1: Thursday, April 11
Quarterfinals Leg 2: Thursday, April 18
Semifinals Leg 1: Thursday, May 2
Semifinals Leg 2: Thursday, May 9
Final: Wednesday, May 29, at Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.
UEFA Champions League and Europa League Draws: How they work
This will be the final draw for both the Champions League and Europa League seasons. They will each play out in the same way:
There will be a pot of eight mini soccer balls, each with one quarterfinal team name sealed inside. A UEFA official will draw a ball and open it to reveal the team name. The next ball drawn and opened will be that team’s opponent. And so on until there are four matchups.
Unlike in draws for previous rounds, there are no seedings for teams and no country protections. For example, in the Champions League round-of-16 draw, two Spanish clubs were not permitted to be drawn against each other. At this stage of the competition, that rule goes away.
As the ties for the Champions League and Europa League quarterfinals are drawn and determined, officials will also, in effect, set up a bracket for the remainder of each competition. That way, there is no need to re-draw for semifinal matchups. As Team A and Team B are drawn to play each other, the next two, Team C and Team D, will represent the potential semifinal tie. Put another way, the winner of Team A vs. Team B will play the winner of Team C vs. Team D.
Once the draws are completed, each of the remaining eight teams will be able to see a clear potential path to the final of each competition.
Finally, once the brackets are filled, UEFA will draw to determine the "home" team for the final. A team will not be selected, rather a side of the bracket will be chosen, and the finalist that eventually emerges on that side will be the home team in the final. UEFA lists the need for this final draw to be made at this time for "administrative reasons," which basically comes down to which team gets first-choice kits for the final and which team calls the coin-toss right before the match begins.
UEFA Champions League and Europa League Draws: How and where to Watch
The Champions League and Europa League draws will occur one after the other on Friday, March 15. You can watch both draws free on B/R Live in the United States. Here are the links to watch along with the draw start times (all times Eastern):
Champions League: 7 a.m. Watch here
Europa League: 8 a.m. Watch here