Which teams have qualified for Champions League knockout stage 2023/24? Round of 16 schedule, draw and how it works

The race to secure a place in the 2023/24 Champions League Round of 16 will intensify in the weeks ahead as 16 teams bid for a spot in the next phase.

The group stage will end in December, with 16 teams moving on into the knockout stage in 2024, and 16 teams dropping out of the competition at the first hurdle.

Manchester City have already sealed their place in the knockouts — as Pep Guardiola’s side aim to defend their title in 2024 — with the remaining spots set to fill up fast.

The Sporting News looks at which teams have already reached the 2023/24 Champions League Round of 16 knockout stage.

MORE: UEFA Champions League group stage standings, results, schedule, and fixtures for 2023/24

Teams in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Every team qualified 

As teams reach their goal of clinching a place in the knockout stages, other sides will be eliminated, ahead of a crucial final round of group matches in December.

With just one more matchweek to go in the group stage, there are still four places yet to be determined. Groups A, C, F, and H still have places yet to be determined.

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

Table as of matches on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

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
Barcelona (SPA) Nov. 28 Group H
Borussia Dortmund (GER) Nov. 28 Group F
Atletico Madrid (SPA) Nov. 28 Group E
Lazio (ITA) Nov. 28 Group E
Arsenal (ENG) Nov. 29 Group B
PSV Eindhoven (NED) Nov. 29 Group B

How does Champions League Round of 16 qualification work?

Qualification for the Champions League Round of 16 follows a mini-league format based on results from group matches. All eight groups (A-H) include four teams, with the top two qualifying for the next phase, and the bottom two eliminated.

Tiebreakers are used when two teams are tied on overall points, with head-to-head points in the games played between them used first, followed by head-to-head goal difference and head-to-head goals scored.

Here is the full list of UEFA Champions League group stage tiebreakers follow below as per the official tournament regulations

  1. Points obtained in group matches played among teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from group matches played among teams in question
  3. Goals scored in group matches played among teams in question
  4. Criteria 1-3 reapplied exclusively to the matches between the remaining teams
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches
  6. Goals scored in all group matches
  7. Away goals scored in all group matches
  8. Wins in all group matches
  9. Away wins in all group matches
  10. Disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards
  11. UEFA club coefficient

When the groups are finally settled in December, the team finishing fourth will be eliminated from European competition for the season, with the third place side offered a route into the UEFA Europa League.

The Europa League group stages follows the same format as the Champions League, with group winners qualifying directly for the Round of 16 in that competition, and teams finishing in second facing a playoff against second place Champions League finishers, to reach the Round of 16.

Europa League second place teams are seeded for the Round of 16 playoff draw and Champions League third place teams are not.

How does the Round of 16 work in the Champions League?

From the Round of 16 onwards, the Champions League will be a straight knockout format, with two legged games determining the winner in the Round of 16, quarterfinal and semifinal.

What happens if knockout matches finish tied?

UEFA no longer use away goals as a tiebreaker in Champions League, and if a game is level after both legs of the tie, for example a 1-1 draw in the home and away games, it will progress to extra time at the end of the second match.

If no winner is confirmed after the 30 minutes of extra time, the qualifier for the next round will be decided by a penalty shootout, with the final following the same structure.

UEFA Champions League schedule 2023-24

  • Group stage: Sept 19-Dec 13, 2023
  • Round of 16: Feb 13-March 13, 2024
  • Quarterfinals: April 9-17, 2024
  • Semifinals: April 30-May 8, 2024
  • Final: June 1, 2024

The 2022/23 Champions League was amended to fit in the 2022 World Cup, but the 2023/24 tournament follows a more traditional format, with group stage matches stretching into December

There will then be a standard three-month break before the knockout stages begin in mid-February. 

The 2023/24 Champions League final will be held on June 1, at Wembley Stadium, as a slightly earlier clash, due to the incoming Euro 2024 tournament.

How to watch Champions League around the world

  TV channel Streaming
Australia Stan Sport
Canada DAZN
Hong Kong beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect
India Sony TEN JioTV, Sony LIV
Malaysia beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, sooka
New Zealand Spark Sport
Singapore beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+
UK TNT Sports discovery+
Univision, TUDN,
ViX or ViX+

USA: Matches are available to stream on Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish) for subscribers, and when matches are televised on CBS or Univision channels, those are also streamed on Fubo.

Canada: Every Champions League game streams live on DAZN.

Australia: Every UEFA Champions League Match. 4K UHD. Exclusive & Ad-free on Stan Sport. The Home of UEFA Champions League.

UK: Matches are broadcast on TNT Sports and streamed on discovery+.


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