ARSENAL will go toe-to-toe with reigning Champions League winners Barcelona after their triumph in the contest’s qualifying rounds.
And Chelsea will be up against Juventus and German giants Wolfsburg during the group phase of the competition.
This season is the first time a group stage has been introduced in the tournament involving Europe’s top women’s football sides.
Past years have seen the contest begin with qualifying games before a round of 32 knockout fixtures.
This term 16 sides will go head-to-head in four groups with WSL champs Chelsea and the Gunners the only English clubs in the contest.
Arsenal remain the only team from these shores to have ever won the competition with their triumphant run in 2007.
The two other teams in Group C with the Gunners for this term’s competition are German outfit Hoffenheim and Denmark’s top-flight leaders HB Koge
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The last clash between the North London side and Barcelona ended in a 7-0 aggregate win for the Gunners in 2012.
And Jen Beattie got on the score sheet netting four goals in the Round 32 duel between the sides.
However, Barcelona have gone on to triumph in the competition since then trouncing Chelsea 4-0 in last season’s finals.
Meanwhile, the Blues will be up against Wolfsburg, Swiss side Servette and a Juventus side managed by ex-Arsenal chief Joe Montemurro.
The WSL champs, who play in Group A, will be targeting a win in the competition after competing in the final for the first time in their history in May this year.
Group stage fixtures in the competition will run from October 5 to December 16 with the top two sides from each group progressing to the next phase of the contest.
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