The Drawing of Lots for the preliminary rounds of the 2023 CEV Champions League, CEV Cup, and CEV Challenge Cup across both genders took place today in Luxembourg.
At the headquarters of the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV), just over a month after the conclusion of the 21/2022 club season, culminating with the CEV Champions League Volley Super Finals held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a draw for the next season was held.
A record-breaking 216 clubs from 37 National Federations are competing in the three tiers in the upcoming season.
The Play-off Round, which will take place at the conclusion of the pool round of the competition, has been added to the Champions League, the top club competition in Europe, for the 2023 season.
As a result, the top five teams in each pool will advance directly to the quarter-finals, while the next five teams in line and the best third-place team will compete in the above-mentioned round.
At the end of September (men) and October (women), teams will play each other both at home and away in the CEV Champions League Volley First Round.
For men, Ford Levoranta Sastamala (FIN), C.S. Arcada Galați (ROU), Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR), and Mladost Zagreb (CRO) are the teams already seeded in the Second Round. Two winners from the early rounds will advance to the Fourth Round.
The Champions League’s Fourth Round Drawing of Lots will be held on September 16, 2023.
The CEV Volleyball Cup Drawing of Lots for the men’s competition included both the first (1/32 Finals) and second round (1/16 Finals) draws, with sixteen teams already seeded in the 1/16 Finals.
For the 2023 edition of the CEV Volleyball Cup an extra round has been added, which will see 4 teams coming down from the pool stage of the Champions League and they will be playing the winners of the play-off round in the CEV Cup itself.
The Drawing of Lots for the European Cups concluded with the CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup draw for the 1/32 and 1/16 Rounds in the men and women’s competitions.