Champions League draw: How to watch on TV, stream online, pots, teams, schedule and more

The 2018-19 UEFA Champions League season is right around the corner. The group stage of the competition begins in September, but all eyes will be on Thursday when the 32-team draw takes place. Some teams are fresh, having just started their club competition while others have been involved in the playoff round, which will conclude on Wednesday. Here's everything you need to know:

When will the Champions League draw take place?

The draw will take place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 12 p.m. ET. 

How to watch the UCL draw

You can watch the draw on Univision Deportes, YouTube and The draw will be available on UDN via fuboTV (Try for free). 

Teams and pots

The pots are as follows:

Pot 1: Real Madrid (reigning champs), Atletico Madrid (Europa League champs), Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, PSG, Lokomotiv Moscow.

Pot 2: Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica, Napoli, Tottenham, Roma. 

Pot 3: Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, PSV, Valencia.

Pot 4: Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Hoffenheim, Viktoria Plzen, AEK Athens, Red Star Belgrade, Young Boys.

UCL group stage schedule

The group stage begins on Sept. 18 and ends on Dec. 12. Below are the group stage fixture dates.

  • Matchday 1: Sept. 18-19
  • Matchday 2: Oct. 2-3
  • Matchday 3: Oct. 23-24
  • Matchday 4: November 6-7
  • Matchday 5: Nov. 27-28
  • Matchday 6: Dec. 11-12 

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