-- uefa europa league QUALIFYING --

UEFA Europa League Qualifying consists of four rounds (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Playoff) before the group stage. Teams are placed into each round based on their previous season’s domestic league rank and their association’s (federation) rank in the UEFA Associations' Club Coefficient Rankings.

All qualifying rounds are played under a two legged knockout system (home and away basis). The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches advances to the next round. Away goal rules apply in the case of a tie (Explained at the bottom of the page).

 

first qualifying round

The Europa League first qualifying round consists of 96 teams. They include the domestic cup champions of associations ranked 29th - 54th, the domestic league runner-ups (2nd place) of associations ranked 18th-53rd (except Liechtenstein), and the domestic league third placed teams of associations ranked 16th–51st (except Liechtenstein) in the UEFA Associations' Club Coefficient Rankings. The 48 winners of each two legged knockout pairs advance to the second qualifying round.

 

second qualifying round

The Europa League second qualifying round consists of 66 teams. They include the 48 teams from the first qualifying round, the domestic cup champions of associations ranked 19th-28th, the domestic league runner-ups (2nd place) of associations ranked 16th & 17th, and the domestic league fourth placed teams of associations ranked 10th-15th in the UEFA Associations' Club Coefficient Rankings. The 33 winners of each two legged knockout pairs advance to the third qualifying round.

 

third QUALIFYING ROUND

The Europa League third qualifying round consists of 58 teams. They include the 33 teams from the second qualifying round, the domestic cup champions of associations ranked 13th-18th, the domestic league third placed teams of associations ranked 7th-15th, the domestic league fourth placed teams of associations ranked 5th-9th, the domestic league fifth placed teams of associations ranked 4th-6th, and the domestic league sixth placed teams of associations ranked 1st–3rd in the UEFA Associations' Club Coefficient Rankings. The 29 winners of each two legged knockout pairs advance to the playoff qualifying round.

 

playoff QUALIFYING ROUND

The Europa League playoff qualifying round consists of 44 teams. They include the 29 teams from the Europa League third qualifying round and the 15 losing teams from the Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round. The 22 winners of each two legged knockout pairs qualify for the UEFA Europa League Group Stage.


-- uefa europa league group stage --

The UEFA Europa League Group Stage consists of 48 teams separated into 12 groups of 4 teams. They include the 22 winners from the Europa League Playoff Qualifying round, the 10 losing teams from the Champions League Playoff Qualifying Round, the domestic cup champion of associations ranked 1st-12th, the domestic league fourth placed team of the association ranked 4th, and the domestic league fifth placed teams of associations ranked 1st-3rd in the UEFA Associations' Club Coefficient Rankings.

In the Group Stage, each team plays the other twice, home and away, totaling 6 fixtures per team. The top two teams from each group, after 6 games, advance to the Europa League Round of 32. Three points are awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.

 

tie breaker criteria

If two or more teams are equal on points, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question (i.e. head to head results).
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question (i.e. head to head goal difference).
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question (i.e head to head goals scored).
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question (i.e head to head away goals).
  5. Superior goal difference from ALL group matches played among the teams in question.
  6. Higher number of goals scored from ALL group matches played among the teams in question.
  7. Higher number of away goals scored from ALL group matches played among the teams in question.
  8. Higher number of wins from ALL group matches played among the teams in question.
  9. Higher number of away wins from ALL group matches played among the teams in question.
  10. Lower number of disciplinary points received from ALL group matches played among the teams in question.
  11. Higher UEFA Club Coefficient.

-- uefa europa league knockout phase --

The UEFA Europa League Knockout Phase consists of five rounds: the Round of 32, Round of 16, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, and the Final. The Round of 32, Round of 16, Quarter-Finals, and Semi-Finals are played under a two legged knockout system (home and away basis). The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches advances to the next round. Away goal rules apply in the case of a tie (explained at the bottom of the page). The final consists of a single game at a neutral site.

 

ROUND OF 32

The Europa League Round of 32 consists of 32 teams. They include the 12 group winners and 12 group runner-ups from the Europa League Group Stage along with the 8 third placed teams from the Champions League Group Stage. The group winners, and four best Champions League 3rd placed teams, are paired with the group runner-ups, and four remaining Champions League third placed teams, and will play the second leg at home. The 16 winners of each two legged knockout pairs advance to the Round of 16.

 

round of 16

The Europa League Round of 16 consists of 16 teams. They include the 16 winners from the Round of 32. There are no seeds in the draw and all teams are placed into one pot. The 8 winners of each two legged knockout pairs advance to the Quarter-Finals.

 

Quarter-Finals

The Europa League Quarter-finals consist of 8 teams. They include the 8 winners from the Round of 16. There are no seeds in the draw and all teams are placed into one pot. The 4 winners of each two legged knockout pairs advances to the Semi-Finals.

 

Semi-Finals

The Europa League Semi-Finals consists of 4 teams. They include the 4 winners from the Quarter-Finals. There are no seeds in the draw and all teams are placed into one pot. The 2 winners of each two legged knockout pairs advance to the UEFA Europa League Final.

 

uefa europa league final

The Europa League Final includes the 2 winners from each Semi-Final. The final consists of a single game at a neutral site. In the case of a tie at the end of normal time, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played. If there is a tie at the end of extra time, penalties will follow. The winner of this match is crowned the UEFA Europa League Champion.


-- the away goal rule --

The away goal rule applies for the matches played under the two legged knockout system. This rule is applied if the two teams are tied on goals over the two legs. In this case the team which scores more away goals qualifies for the next stage. If this procedure does not produce a result, i.e. if both teams score the same number of goals at home and away, two 15-minute periods of extra time are played at the end of the second leg. If, during extra time, both teams score the same number of goals, the away goals count double (i.e. the away club qualifies). If no goals are scored during extra time, penalties will determine which club qualifies for the next round.