All you need to know: 2022 UEFA Champions League final
posted on 27-05-2022 by Gurusoccer
Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Saint-Denis's Stade de France on 28 May at 21:00 CET. Get the lowdown on the 2021/22 decider.
Who will contest the final?
Six-time winners Liverpool meet 13-time champions Real Madrid in a repeat of the 1981 and 2018 showpieces. The Reds beat Villarreal 5-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals, while Madrid prevailed 6-5 against Manchester City in an astonishing tie.
When does it take place?
The game will be played on Saturday 28 May, kicking off at 21:00 CET.
Where is it being played?
Saint-Denis's Stade de France will host the final. Located just north of Paris, it has a capacity of over 80,000, making it one of the biggest stadiums in Europe.
How many supporters are allowed?
A total of 52,000 tickets out of 75,000 (the stadium's capacity for the final) are available for fans and the general public to purchase. The two finalists receive 20,000 each, while 12,000 tickets were offered for sale to fans worldwide via UEFA.com.
Is there an opening ceremony?
You bet there is. The opening ceremony of the 2022 UEFA Champions League final will see a mixture of the worlds of music, entertainment, and sport to offer a fantastic global show. Cuban-born recording artist Camilla Cabello has been announced as the lead performer. Additionally, the 2022 opening ceremony will feature a range of costumes, dancers, and musicians which will offer a high voltage show to fans in the stadium and at home.
Who's the final referee?
Frenchman Clément Turpin is the referee for the final. Turpin has been a FIFA referee since 2010 and was previously the fourth official in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final, also between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Assistants: Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore (both France)
4th official: Benoît Bastien (France)
Is there VAR?
Yes. The video assistant referee (VAR) system has been used throughout this season’s competition.
VAR: Jérôme Brisard (France)
VAR Assistants: Willy Delajod (France), Massimiliano Irrati (Italy), Filippo Meli (Italy)
What's the format of the Champions League final?
If the score is equal at the end of normal time, two 15-minute periods of extra time are played. If one of the teams scores more goals than the other during extra time, that team is declared the winner.
If the score is still equal after extra time, the winners are determined by kicks from the penalty mark.
Five substitutions are allowed, with a sixth permitted for each side if the final goes to extra time. The matchday squad will comprise 23 players.
What does the winner get?
The current UEFA Champions League trophy stands 73.5cm tall and weighs 7.5kg. "It may not be an artistic masterpiece but everybody in football is keen to get their hands on it," said creator Jürg Stadelmann. The winning team are presented with 40 gold medals and the runners-up with 40 silver medals. Additional medals may not be produced.
The UEFA Champions League winners are also assured of a place in the group stage of the 2022/23 edition should they not have qualified already via their domestic league.
Who is the 'home' team?
Liverpool is the nominal home team due to a draw made for administrative purposes on 18 March. Both finalists may wear their first-choice colours, but if there is a clash then the club designated as the away side must use an alternative kit.