Who will succeed Lyon? The road to Kyiv 2018

The final will be played in Ukraine for the first time in 2017/18, at Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dynamo Stadium on 24 May: here are the dates for the full season ahead and some leading contenders.

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The UEFA Women's Champions League final will be played in Ukraine for the first time in 2017/18, at Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dynamo Stadium on Thursday 24 May, two days before the men's decider at NSK Olimpiyskyi in the Ukrainian capital.

  • CALENDAR: ROAD TO KYIV

Qualifying round draw: 23 June
Qualifying round: 22–28 August
Round of 32 draw: 1 September
Round of 32: 4/5 & 11/12 October
Round of 16 draw: 16 October
Round of 16: 8/9 & 15/16 November
Quarter-final & semi-final draw: 24 November
Quarter-finals: 21/22 & 28/29 March
Semi-finals: 21/22 & 28/29 April
Final: 24 May 2018, Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv

  • CONTENDERS TO WATCH

Holders: Lyon (FRA)

Former winners: Wolfsburg (GER)

Former finalists: Fortuna Hjørring (DEN), Zvezda-2005 (RUS)

Former semi-finalists: Barcelona (ESP), Brøndby (DEN), Manchester City (ENG), Montpellier (FRA, finished above Paris Saint-Germain who will not be inovlved next season), Rosengård (SWE)

Former quarter-finalists: Bayern München (GER), Glasgow City (SCO), Linköping (SWE), Rossiyanka (RUS), Slavia Praha (CZE)

Other names to watch: Ajax (NED, debut), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Chelsea (ENG), Fiorentina (ITA, debut), KÍ Klaksvík (FRO, only club to qualify for all 17 seasons), Sporting CP (POR, debut)

• All names provisional: full entry list and teams given byes to round of 32 to be confirmed by UEFA.

Access list

  • FINAL VENUE: VALERIY LOBANOVSKIY DYNAMO STADIUM

• The Dynamo Stadium opened in 1933 and was renamed after legendary coach Valeriy Lobanovskiy in 2002, shortly after his death.

• Lobanovskiy is portrayed in a statue outside the stadium, with the coach sat on a bench.

• The stadium is home to Dynamo Kyiv, though they now play their biggest matches at NSK Olimpiyskyi.

• The stadium has hosted Ukrainian international fixtures.

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