2014–15 UEFA Europa League

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2014–15 UEFA Europa League

The Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw will host the final.
Tournament details
Dates 3 July – 28 August 2014 (qualifying)
18 September 2014 – 27 May 2015 (competition proper)
Teams 48+8 (competition proper)
162 or 163+33 or 32 (total) (from 54 associations)

The 2014–15 UEFA Europa League will be the 44th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 6th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The 2015 UEFA Europa League Final will be played at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland.[1]

This will be the first season where clubs must comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations in order to participate.[2] Moreover, this season will also be the first where a club from Gibraltar will compete in the tournament, after the Gibraltar Football Association was accepted as the 54th UEFA member at the UEFA Congress in May 2013.[3] They were granted one spot in the Europa League,[4] which will be taken by the winners of the 2014 Rock Cup.

Starting from this edition, the UEFA Europa League winners will qualify for the subsequent UEFA Champions League season.[5] Therefore, the winners of this tournament will qualify for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. They will enter at least the play-off round, and will enter the group stage if the berth reserved for the Champions League title holders is not used.

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 194, 195 or 196 teams from all 54 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[6]

  • Associations 1–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–9 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 10–51 (except Liechtenstein) each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 52–53 each have two teams qualify.
  • Liechtenstein and Gibraltar each have one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Gibraltar as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee)[4]
  • The winners of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League are given an additional entry as title holders if they do not qualify for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League or Europa League through their domestic performance.
  • The top three associations of the 2013–14 UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth.
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League (or 32 teams if only 14 losers, instead of the default 15, from the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round enter the Europa League play-off round).

Association ranking[edit]

For the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2013 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2008–09 to 2012–13.[8][9]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Europa League, as noted below:

  • (FP) – Additional berth via Fair Play ranking (associations TBD)
  • (UCL) – Additional teams transferred from the Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain Spain 88.025 3
2 England England 82.963
3 Germany Germany 79.614
4 Italy Italy 64.147
5 Portugal Portugal 59.168
6 France France 59.000
7 Ukraine Ukraine 49.758 4
8 Russia Russia 46.332
9 Netherlands Netherlands 44.729
10 Turkey Turkey 34.500 3
11 Belgium Belgium 34.400
12 Greece Greece 34.000
13 Switzerland Switzerland 28.925
14 Cyprus Cyprus 26.833
15 Denmark Denmark 25.700
16 Austria Austria 25.375
17 Czech Republic Czech Republic 23.725
18 Romania Romania 23.024
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 Israel Israel 22.875 3
20 Belarus Belarus 20.875
21 Poland Poland 20.750
22 Croatia Croatia 19.583
23 Sweden Sweden 15.625
24 Scotland Scotland 15.191
25 Serbia Serbia 14.625
26 Slovakia Slovakia 14.208
27 Norway Norway 14.175
28 Bulgaria Bulgaria 12.250
29 Hungary Hungary 11.750
30 Slovenia Slovenia 9.708
31 Georgia (country) Georgia 9.166
32 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 8.541
33 Finland Finland 8.508
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.833
35 Moldova Moldova 7.666
36 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 7.375
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Lithuania Lithuania 6.500 3
38 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 5.958
39 Latvia Latvia 5.791
40 Iceland Iceland 5.416
41 Montenegro Montenegro 5.250
42 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5.250
43 Albania Albania 4.166
44 Malta Malta 3.958
45 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 3.500 1
46 Luxembourg Luxembourg 3.375 3
47 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 3.083
48 Wales Wales 2.583
49 Estonia Estonia 2.208
50 Armenia Armenia 1.750
51 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1.583
52 San Marino San Marino 0.666 2
53 Andorra Andorra 0.500
54 Gibraltar Gibraltar 0.000 1

Distribution[edit]

The following is the default allocation system, and is subject to changes.[7][10] If the title holders qualify for the Champions League or Europa League through their domestic performance, changes to the default allocation system will be made as certain spots are vacated. When moving entrants to later rounds to compensate for vacated spots, priority is given to the domestic cup winners of the highest-ranked associations.

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
First qualifying round
(80 teams)
  • 22 domestic cup winners from associations 33–54
  • 26 domestic league runners-up from associations 27–53 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 29 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 22–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 3 teams which qualified via Fair Play ranking
Second qualifying round
(80 teams)
  • 14 domestic cup winners from associations 19–32
  • 11 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–26
  • 6 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–21
  • 6 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 7–9
  • 40 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(58 teams)
  • 3 domestic cup winners from associations 16–18
  • 6 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 3 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 7–9
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 4–6 (League Cup winners for France)
  • 3 domestic league sixth-placed teams from associations 1–3 (League Cup winners for England)
  • 40 winners from the second qualifying round
Play-off round
(62 teams)
  • 9 domestic cup winners from associations 7–15
  • 3 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 7–9
  • 3 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 4–6
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 29 winners from the third qualifying round
  • 15 losers from the Champions League third qualifying round
Group stage
(48 teams)
  • Title holders
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 1–6
  • 31 winners from the play-off round
  • 10 losers from the Champions League play-off round
Knockout phase
(32 teams)
  • 12 group winners from the group stage
  • 12 group runners-up from the group stage
  • 8 third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage

Redistribution rules[edit]

A Europa League place is vacated when a team qualifies for both the Champions League and the Europa League, or qualifies for the Europa League by more than one method. When a place is vacated, it is redistributed within the national association by the following rules:[6]

  • When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifier within the national association with the latest starting round) also qualify for the Champions League, their Europa League place is vacated. As a result, either of the following teams qualify for the Europa League:
    • The domestic cup runners-up, provided they have not yet qualified for European competitions, qualify for the Europa League as the "lowest-placed" qualifier (with the earliest starting round), with the other Europa League qualifiers moved up one "place" (the 2014–15 season will be the last with this particular arrangement).[4]
    • Otherwise, the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions qualify for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finish above them in the league moved up one "place".
  • When the domestic cup winners also qualify for the Europa League through league position, their place through the league position is vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions qualify for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finish above them in the league moved up one "place" if possible.
  • For associations where a Europa League place is reserved for the League Cup winners, they always qualify for the Europa League as the "lowest-placed" qualifier (or as the second "lowest-placed" qualifier in cases where the cup runners-up qualify as stated above). If the League Cup winners have already qualified for European competitions through other methods, this reserved Europa League place is taken by the highest-placed league team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table which have not yet qualified for European competitions.

Teams[edit]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[11]

  • TH: Title holders
  • CW: Cup winners
  • CR: Cup runners-up
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • P-W: End-of-season European competition play-offs winners
  • FP: Fair Play
  • UCL: Transferred from the Champions League
    • GS: Third-placed teams from the group stage
    • PO: Losers from the play-off round
    • Q3: Losers from the third qualifying round

Note: Teams in italics may still qualify for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League through their domestic performance or by winning the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League.

Round of 32
(UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS)
(UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS)
Group stage
(TH) Portugal (CW)[Note POR] (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Spain (5th) France (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
England (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Germany (5th) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Italy (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Play-off round
Spain (6th) Russia (3rd) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
England (5th) Netherlands PEC Zwolle (CW) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Germany (6th) Netherlands (3rd) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Italy (4th) Turkey (CW) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Portugal (4th)[Note POR] Belgium Lokeren (CW)[Note BEL] (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
France (4th) Greece (CW) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Ukraine (CW) Switzerland (CW) (UCL Q3)
Ukraine (3rd) Cyprus (CW) (UCL Q3)
Russia (CW) Denmark (CW) (UCL Q3)
Third qualifying round
Spain (7th) France (5th) Belgium (3rd) Austria (CW)
England Manchester City (LC)[Note ENG] Ukraine (4th) Greece (3rd) Czech Republic (CW)
Germany (7th) Russia (4th) Switzerland (3rd) Romania (CW)
Italy (5th) Netherlands (4th) Cyprus (3rd)
Portugal Nacional (5th)[Note POR] Turkey (4th)[Note TUR] Denmark (3rd)
Second qualifying round
Ukraine (5th) Austria (3rd) Belarus Neman Grodno (CW/4th) Serbia (CW)
Russia (5th) Czech Republic (2nd) Poland (CW) Serbia (2nd)
Netherlands (P-W) Czech Republic (3rd) Poland (2nd) Slovakia (CW)
Turkey (5th)[Note TUR] Romania (2nd) Poland (3rd) Slovakia (2nd)
Belgium (P-W) Romania (3rd) Croatia (CW) Norway Molde (CW)
Greece (4th) Israel (CW) Croatia (2nd) Bulgaria (CW)
Switzerland (4th) Israel (2nd) Sweden (CW) Hungary (CW)
Cyprus (4th) Israel (3rd) Sweden AIK (2nd) Slovenia (CW)
Denmark (4th) Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk (CW/2nd) Scotland (CW) Georgia (country) (CW)
Austria (2nd) Belarus Dinamo Minsk (3rd) Scotland (2nd) Azerbaijan (CW)
First qualifying round
Croatia (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina (CW) Iceland Stjarnan (3rd) Wales Aberystwyth Town (CW/CR)
Sweden IFK Göteborg (3rd)[Note SWE] Bosnia and Herzegovina (2nd) Montenegro (CW) Wales Airbus UK Broughton (2nd)
Scotland (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina (3rd) Montenegro (2nd) Wales (P-W)
Serbia (3rd) Moldova (CW) Montenegro (3rd) Estonia (CW)
Slovakia (3rd) Moldova (2nd) Republic of Macedonia (CW) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (2nd)
Norway Rosenborg (2nd) Moldova (3rd) Republic of Macedonia (2nd) Estonia Sillamäe Kalev (3rd)
Norway Haugesund (3rd) Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers (CW) Republic of Macedonia (3rd) Armenia (CW)
Bulgaria (2nd) Republic of Ireland Dundalk (2nd) Albania (CW) Armenia (2nd)
Bulgaria (3rd) Republic of Ireland Derry City (4th)[Note IRL] Albania (2nd) Armenia (3rd)
Hungary (2nd) Lithuania (CW) Albania (3rd) Faroe Islands Víkingur (CW)
Hungary (3rd) Lithuania Atlantas (2nd) Malta (CW) Faroe Islands ÍF (2nd)
Slovenia (2nd) Lithuania Ekranas (3rd) Malta (2nd) Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn (3rd)
Slovenia (3rd) Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy (CW) Malta Hibernians (3rd) San Marino (CW)
Georgia (country) (2nd) Kazakhstan Astana (2nd) Liechtenstein (CW) San Marino (2nd)
Georgia (country) (3rd) Kazakhstan Kairat (3rd) Luxembourg (CW) Andorra (CW)
Azerbaijan (2nd) Latvia (CW) Luxembourg (2nd) Andorra (2nd)
Azerbaijan (3rd) Latvia Daugava Daugavpils (3rd) Luxembourg (3rd) Gibraltar (CW)
Finland RoPS (CW) Latvia Daugava Rīga (4th)[Note LVA] Northern Ireland (CW) (FP)
Finland Honka (2nd) Iceland Fram Reykjavík (CW) Northern Ireland (2nd) (FP)
Finland VPS (3rd) Iceland FH (2nd) Northern Ireland (3rd) (FP)
Notes
  1. ^ Belgium (BEL): Lokeren have qualified for the 2014–15 European competitions by winning the 2013–14 Belgian Cup. They will qualify for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League if they finish in the top two of the 2013–14 Belgian Pro League, in which case their Europa League place would pass to the team that finished third in the league.
  2. ^ England (ENG): Manchester City have qualified for the 2014–15 European competitions by winning the 2013–14 Football League Cup. They will qualify for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League if they finish in the top four of the 2013–14 Premier League, in which case their Europa League place would pass to the team that finished sixth or seventh in the league depending on the identity of the winners of the 2013–14 FA Cup. They may also enter the Europa League group stage or play-off round, depending on their league position and the identity of the winners of the 2013–14 FA Cup.
  3. ^ Latvia (LVA): Skonto, the runners-up of the 2013 Latvian Higher League, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but had been excluded from participating by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body due to overdue payables.[12] As a result, the berth was given to Daugava Rīga, the fourth-placed team of the league.
  4. ^ Portugal (POR): Rio Ave have qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, as they will play Champions League-qualified Benfica in the final of the 2013–14 Taça de Portugal. Their starting round will depend on whether they win the cup. If Rio Ave win the cup, they will enter the group stage. If Benfica win the cup, Rio Ave will enter the third qualifying round, Nacional will enter the play-off round, and the fourth-placed team of the 2013–14 Primeira Liga will enter the group stage.
  5. ^ Republic of Ireland (IRL): Derry City are a club based in Northern Ireland, but participate in the Europa League through one of the berths for Republic of Ireland as they finished fourth in the 2013 League of Ireland Premier Division (any coefficient points they earn count toward Republic of Ireland and not Northern Ireland).
  6. ^ Sweden (SWE): IFK Göteborg will enter the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round if Malmö FF win the 2013–14 Svenska Cupen.
  7. ^ Turkey (TUR): Fenerbahçe, who will finish in the top two of the 2013–14 Süper Lig, have been banned by UEFA from the 2014–15 UEFA club competitions because of the 2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal.[13][14] As a result, the third-placed team of the league will enter the Champions League third qualifying round instead of the Europe League third qualifying round, the fourth-placed team of the league will enter the Europa League third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round, and the second qualifying round berth will be given to the fifth-placed team of the league.

Round and draw dates[edit]

All draws held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise.[7][15]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 23 June 2014 3 July 2014 10 July 2014
Second qualifying round 17 July 2014 24 July 2014
Third qualifying round 18 July 2014 31 July 2014 7 August 2014
Play-off Play-off round 8 August 2014 21 August 2014 28 August 2014
Group stage Matchday 1 29 August 2014
(Monaco)
18 September 2014
Matchday 2 2 October 2014
Matchday 3 23 October 2014
Matchday 4 6 November 2014
Matchday 5 27 November 2014
Matchday 6 11 December 2014
Knockout phase Round of 32 15 December 2014 19 February 2015 26 February 2015
Round of 16 12 March 2015 19 March 2015
Quarter-finals 20 March 2015 16 April 2015 23 April 2015
Semi-finals 24 April 2015 7 May 2015 14 May 2015
Final 27 May 2015 at Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw

Matches in the qualifying, play-off, and knockout rounds may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

Qualifying rounds[edit]

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams will be divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2014 UEFA club coefficients,[16][17] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round[edit]

80 teams enter in the first qualifying round.

Second qualifying round[edit]

80 teams play in the second qualifying round: 40 teams which enter in this round, and the 40 winners from the first qualifying round.

Third qualifying round[edit]

58 teams play in the third qualifying round: 18 teams which enter in this round, and the 40 winners from the second qualifying round.

Play-off round[edit]

62 teams play in the play-off round: 18 teams which enter in this round, the 29 winners from the third qualifying round, and the 15 losers from the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Group stage[edit]

48 teams play in the group stage: 7 teams which enter in this stage, the 31 winners from the play-off round, and the 10 losers from the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League play-off round.

The 48 teams will be allocated into four pots based on their 2014 UEFA club coefficients,[16][17] with the title holders, should they enter, being placed in Pot 1 automatically. They will be drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

In each group, teams will play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up will advance to the round of 32, where they will be joined by the 8 third-placed teams from the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Knockout phase[edit]

In the knockout phase, teams will play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 32, the twelve group winners and the four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage with the better group records will be seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage will be unseeded. The seeded teams will be drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the round of 16 onwards, there will be no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Executive Committee decides hosts for 2015 finals". UEFA.org. 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "EURO reflected key football values". UEFA.org. 24 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Congress decisions bring Gibraltar on board". UEFA.org. 24 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Strategic talks in Dubrovnik". UEFA.org. 20 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Added bonus for UEFA Europa League winners". UEFA.org. 24 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League 2013/14" (PDF). Nyon: UEFA. March 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "2015 final: Warsaw". UEFA.com. 
  8. ^ "Country coefficients 2012/13". UEFA.com. 
  9. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2013". Bert Kassies. 
  10. ^ "Access list 2014/2015". Bert Kassies. 
  11. ^ "Qualification for European Cup Football 2014/2015". Bert Kassies. 
  12. ^ "Metalurh, Skonto excluded; Petrolul cleared". UEFA.org. 4 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Decisions on Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Steaua". UEFA.com. 25 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Fenerbahce: Turkish side lose match-fixing ban appeal". BBC Sport. 28 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "UEFA European Football Calendar 2014/2015". Bert Kassies. 
  16. ^ a b "Club coefficients 2013/14". UEFA.com. 
  17. ^ a b "UEFA Team Ranking 2014". Bert Kassies. 

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