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 1 July – 28 August 2014 (qualifying)
18 September 2014 – 27 May 2015 (competition proper)
Teams 48+8 (competition proper)
162+33 (total) (from 54 associations)

The 2014–15 UEFA Europa League is 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] Sevilla are the title holders.

This will be the first season where clubs must comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations in order to participate.[2] Moreover, this season was the first where a club from Gibraltar competed 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 was taken by College Europa, the runners-up 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.

On 17 July 2014, a UEFA emergency panel ruled that Ukrainian and Russian clubs would not be drawn against each other "until further notice" due to the political unrest between the countries.[6] Another ruling centered in regional instability was also made where Israeli teams were prohibited from hosting any UEFA competitions due to the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict.[7] The rules regarding suspensions due to yellow card accumulation were also changed such that all bookings expire on completion of the quarter-finals and are not carried forward to the semi-finals.[8]

Association team allocation

A total of 195 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:[9]

  • 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 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.

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. However, this additional entry is not necessary for this season since the title holders qualified for European competitions through their domestic performance.

Association ranking

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.[10][11]

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 (Norway, Sweden, Finland)[12]
  • (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 +1(FP)
24 Scotland Scotland 15.191
25 Serbia Serbia 14.625
26 Slovakia Slovakia 14.208
27 Norway Norway 14.175 +1(FP)
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 +1(FP)
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

Since the title holders Sevilla qualified for the Europa League through their domestic performance, the spot which they qualified for in the group stage (as the fifth-placed team of the 2013–14 La Liga) is vacated, and the following changes to the default allocation system are made:[13][14][15]

  • The domestic cup winners of association 7 (Ukraine) will be promoted from the play-off round to the group stage.
  • The domestic cup winners of association 16 (Austria) are promoted from the third qualifying round to the play-off round.
  • The domestic cup winners of association 19 (Israel) are promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
  • The domestic cup winners of associations 33 and 34 (Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina) are promoted from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round.
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
First qualifying round
(78 teams)
  • 20 domestic cup winners from associations 35–54
  • 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)
  • 15 domestic cup winners from associations 20–34
  • 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
  • 39 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(58 teams)
  • 3 domestic cup winners from associations 17–19
  • 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 8–16
  • 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 2–7
  • 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

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:[9]

  • 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

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[16][17]

  • 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
Round of 32
(UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS)
(UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS)
Group stage
Spain Sevilla (TH) France Guingamp (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
England Everton (5th) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Germany Wolfsburg (5th) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Italy Fiorentina (4th) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Portugal Estoril (4th) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Play-off round
Spain Villarreal (6th) Netherlands PEC Zwolle (CW) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
England Tottenham Hotspur (6th) Netherlands Twente (3rd) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach (6th) Turkey Trabzonspor (4th)[Note TUR] (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Italy Internazionale (5th) Belgium Lokeren (CW) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Portugal Nacional (5th) Greece PAOK (3rd) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
France Saint-Étienne (4th) Switzerland Zürich (CW) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv (3rd) Cyprus Apollon Limassol (3rd) (UCL Q3)
Russia Rostov (CW) Denmark Midtjylland (3rd) (UCL Q3)
Russia Lokomotiv Moscow (3rd) Austria Rapid Wien (2nd) (UCL Q3)
Third qualifying round
Spain Real Sociedad (7th) France Lyon (5th) Belgium Club Brugge (3rd) Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (2nd)
England Hull City (CR) Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa (5th) Greece Atromitos (4th) Romania Astra Giurgiu (CW)
Germany Mainz 05 (7th) Russia Dynamo Moscow (4th) Switzerland Young Boys (3rd) Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona (CW)
Italy Torino (7th)[Note ITA] Netherlands PSV (4th) Cyprus Ermis Aradippou (4th)
Portugal Rio Ave (CR) Turkey Karabükspor (7th)[Note TUR] Denmark Brøndby (4th)
Second qualifying round
Ukraine Zorya Luhansk (7th)[Note UKR] Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav (3rd) Poland Ruch Chorzów (3rd) Norway Molde (CW)
Russia Krasnodar (5th) Czech Republic Slovan Liberec (4th) Croatia Rijeka (CW) Bulgaria CSKA Sofia (2nd)
Netherlands Groningen (P-W) Romania Petrolul Ploiești (3rd) Croatia Hajduk Split (3rd) Hungary Győr (2nd)[Note HUN]
Turkey Bursaspor (8th)[Note TUR] Romania CFR Cluj (6th)[Note ROU] Sweden Elfsborg (CW) Slovenia Gorica (CW)
Belgium Zulte Waregem (P-W) Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva (2nd) Sweden AIK (2nd) Georgia (country) Zestafoni (2nd)
Greece Asteras Tripoli (5th) Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv (4th) Scotland St. Johnstone (CW) Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku (CW)
Switzerland Luzern (4th) Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk (CW) Scotland Motherwell (2nd) Finland RoPS (CW)
Cyprus Omonia (5th) Belarus Dinamo Minsk (3rd) Serbia Vojvodina (CW) Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo (CW)
Denmark Esbjerg (5th) Belarus Neman Grodno (4th) Serbia Jagodina (3rd)[Note SRB]
Austria Grödig (3rd) Poland Zawisza Bydgoszcz (CW) Slovakia Košice (CW)
Austria St. Pölten (CR) Poland Lech Poznań (2nd) Slovakia Trenčín (2nd)
First qualifying round
Croatia RNK Split (4th) Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar (4th) Montenegro Čelik Nikšić (3rd) Wales Aberystwyth Town (CR)
Sweden IFK Göteborg (3rd) Moldova Zimbru Chișinău (CW) Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica (4th) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (2nd)
Scotland Aberdeen (3rd) Moldova Tiraspol (2nd) Republic of Macedonia Turnovo (2nd) Estonia Sillamäe Kalev (3rd)
Serbia Čukarički (5th)[Note SRB] Moldova Veris Chișinău (3rd) Republic of Macedonia Metalurg Skopje (3rd) Estonia Santos Tartu (CR)
Slovakia Spartak Trnava (3rd) Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers (CW) Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija (4th) Armenia Pyunik (CW)
Norway Rosenborg (2nd) Republic of Ireland Dundalk (2nd) Albania Flamurtari Vlorë (CW) Armenia Shirak (2nd)
Norway Haugesund (3rd) Republic of Ireland Derry City (4th)[Note IRL] Albania Kukësi (2nd) Armenia Mika (3rd)
Bulgaria Litex Lovech (3rd) Lithuania Atlantas (2nd) Albania Laçi (3rd) Faroe Islands Víkingur (CW)
Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv (CR) Lithuania Ekranas (3rd) Malta Birkirkara (2nd) Faroe Islands ÍF (2nd)
Hungary Ferencváros (3rd) Lithuania Banga Gargždai (CR) Malta Hibernians (3rd) Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn (3rd)
Hungary Diósgyőr (CR)[Note HUN] Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy (CW) Malta Sliema Wanderers (CR) San Marino Libertas (CW)
Slovenia Koper (2nd) Kazakhstan Astana (2nd) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW) San Marino Folgore (2nd)
Slovenia Rudar Velenje (3rd) Kazakhstan Kairat (3rd) Luxembourg Differdange 03 (CW) Andorra Sant Julià (CW)
Georgia (country) Sioni Bolnisi (3rd) Latvia Jelgava (CW) Luxembourg Fola Esch (2nd) Andorra UE Santa Coloma (2nd)
Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere (CR) Latvia Daugava Daugavpils (3rd) Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch (4th) Gibraltar College Europa (CR)[Note GIB]
Azerbaijan Inter Baku (2nd) Latvia Daugava Rīga (4th)[Note LVA] Northern Ireland Glenavon (CW) Norway Tromsø (FP)[18]
Azerbaijan Gabala (3rd) Iceland Fram Reykjavík (CW) Northern Ireland Linfield (2nd) Sweden Brommapojkarna (FP)[19]
Finland Honka (2nd) Iceland FH (2nd) Northern Ireland Crusaders (3rd) Finland MYPA (FP)[20]
Finland VPS (3rd) Iceland Stjarnan (3rd) Wales Airbus UK Broughton (2nd)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg (2nd) Montenegro Lovćen Cetinje (CW) Wales Bangor City (P-W)

Notably three teams take part in the competition that do not currently play in their national top-division. They are Santos Tartu (3rd tier), St. Pölten (2nd) and Tromsø (2nd).

Notes
  1. ^ Gibraltar (GIB): A meeting was held by the Gibraltar Football Association to decide whether College Europa (runners-up of the 2014 Rock Cup) or Manchester 62 (runners-up of the 2013–14 Gibraltar Premier Division) would represent Gibraltar in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.[21] The association had to back-track on a decision taken at the beginning of the season as to who would qualify for European competitions, as they were mistaken to go against the competition rules.[22]
  2. ^ Hungary (HUN): Újpest, the winners of the 2013–14 Magyar Kupa, would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA license.[23] As a result, Győr, the runners-up of the 2013–14 Nemzeti Bajnokság I, entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round, and the first qualifying round berth was given to Diósgyőr, the runners-up of the cup.
  3. ^ Italy (ITA): Parma, the sixth-placed team of the 2013–14 Serie A, would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA license.[24] As a result, the berth was given to Torino, the seventh-placed team of the league.
  4. ^ 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.[25] As a result, the berth was given to Daugava Rīga, the fourth-placed team of the league.
  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. ^ Romania (ROU): Dinamo București, the fourth-placed team of the 2013–14 Liga I, would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA license.[26] As a result, the berth was given to CFR Cluj, the sixth-placed team of the league, since Vaslui, the fifth-placed team of the league, also failed to obtain a license.
  7. ^ Serbia (SRB): Red Star Belgrade, the champions of the 2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga, would have qualified for the Champions League second qualifying round, but was banned by UEFA for breaching UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.[27] As a result, Partizan, the runners-up of the league, entered the Champions League instead of the Europa League second qualifying round. Moreover, Jagodina, the third-placed team of the league, entered the Europa League second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round, and the first qualifying round berth was given to Čukarički, the fifth-placed team of the league.
  8. ^ Turkey (TUR): Fenerbahçe, the champions of the 2013–14 Süper Lig, would have qualified for the Champions League, but was banned by UEFA because of the 2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal.[28][29] As a result, Beşiktaş, the third-placed team of the league, entered the Champions League instead of the Europe League play-off round, and Trabzonspor, the fourth-placed team of the league, entered the Europa League play-off round instead of the third qualifying round. Moreover, Sivasspor, the fifth-placed team of the league, and Eskişehirspor, the runners-up of the 2013–14 Turkish Cup, which would have entered the Europa League third qualifying round and second qualifying round respectively, were also banned by UEFA due to match-fixing.[30] The two berths were given to Karabükspor and Bursaspor, the seventh- and eighth-placed teams of the league respectively, as Kasımpaşa, the sixth-placed team of the league, failed to obtain a UEFA license.
  9. ^ Ukraine (UKR): Metalurh Donetsk, the sixth-placed team of the 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League, would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round, but had been excluded from participating by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body due to overdue payables.[25] As a result, the berth was given to Zorya Luhansk, the seventh-placed team of the league.

Round and draw dates

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[13][31]

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

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,[32][33][34] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round

The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds was held on 23 June 2014.[35] The first legs were played on 1 and 3 July, and the second legs were played on 8, 10 and 11 July 2014.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sioni Bolnisi Georgia (country) 4–4 (a) Albania Flamurtari Vlorë 2–3 2–1
Tiraspol Moldova 3–6 Azerbaijan Inter Baku 2–3 1–3
Hibernians Malta 2–9 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 2–4 0–5
Čukarički Serbia 4–0[A] Andorra Sant Julià 4–0 0–0
Čelik Nikšić Montenegro 0–9[A] Slovenia Koper 0–5 0–4
Turnovo Republic of Macedonia 1–4 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 0–1 1–3
Shirak Armenia 1–6 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy 1–2 0–4
Gabala Azerbaijan 0–5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 0–2 0–3
Diósgyőr Hungary 6–2 Malta Birkirkara 2–1 4–1
Vaduz Liechtenstein 4–0 Gibraltar College Europa 3–0 1–0
Veris Chișinău Moldova 0–3 Bulgaria Litex Lovech 0–0 0–3
UE Santa Coloma Andorra 0–5 Republic of Macedonia Metalurg Skopje 0–3 0–2
Kairat Kazakhstan 1–0 Albania Kukësi 1–0 0–0
Folgore San Marino 1–5 Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 1–2 0–3
RNK Split Croatia 3–1 Armenia Mika 2–0 1–1
Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria 6–0 San Marino Libertas 4–0 2–0
Željezničar Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0[A] Montenegro Lovćen Cetinje 0–0 1–0
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia 2–3 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău 2–1 0–2
Sliema Wanderers Malta 2–3 Hungary Ferencváros 1–1 1–2
Pyunik Armenia 1–6 Kazakhstan Astana 1–4 0–2
Rudar Velenje Slovenia 2–2 (2–3 p) Albania Laçi 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Differdange 03 Luxembourg 2–3 Lithuania Atlantas 1–0 1–3
VPS Finland 2–3 Sweden Brommapojkarna 2–1 0–2
B36 Tórshavn Faroe Islands 2–3 Northern Ireland Linfield 1–2 1–1
Fram Reykjavík Iceland 2–3 Estonia Nõmme Kalju 0–1 2–2
Rosenborg Norway 6–0 Latvia Jelgava 4–0 2–0
Derry City Republic of Ireland 9–0 Wales Aberystwyth Town 4–0 5–0
Aberdeen Scotland 8–0 Latvia Daugava Rīga 5–0 3–0
Santos Tartu Estonia 1–13 Norway Tromsø 0–7 1–6
Crusaders Northern Ireland 5–2 Lithuania Ekranas 3–1 2–1
Stjarnan Iceland 8–0 Wales Bangor City 4–0 4–0
Jeunesse Esch Luxembourg 1–5 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 0–2 1–3
MYPA Finland 1–0 Faroe Islands ÍF 1–0 0–0
FH Iceland 6–2 Northern Ireland Glenavon 3–0 3–2
Sillamäe Kalev Estonia 4–4 (a) Finland Honka 2–1 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Banga Gargždai Lithuania 0–4 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 0–0 0–4
Víkingur Faroe Islands 3–2 Latvia Daugava Daugavpils 2–1 1–1
IFK Göteborg Sweden 2–0 Luxembourg Fola Esch 0–0 2–0
Airbus UK Broughton Wales 2–3[A] Norway Haugesund 1–1 1–2
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying round

The first legs were played on 17 July, and the second legs were played on 22 and 24 July 2014.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Győr Hungary 1–3 Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–3 1–0
Molde Norway 5–2 Slovenia Gorica 4–1 1–1
Metalurg Skopje Republic of Macedonia 2–2 (a)[B] Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar 0–0 2–2
Nõmme Kalju Estonia 1–3 Poland Lech Poznań 1–0 0–3
Dinamo Minsk Belarus 3–0 Finland MYPA 3–0 0–0
Neman Grodno Belarus 1–3 Iceland FH 1–1 0–2
RNK Split Croatia 2–1[C] Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–1 0–0
Košice Slovakia 0–4[B] Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 0–1 0–3
Víkingur Faroe Islands 2–1 Norway Tromsø 0–0 2–1
Petrolul Ploiești Romania 5–1 Albania Flamurtari Vlorë 2–0 3–1
Čukarički Serbia 2–5 Austria Grödig 0–4 2–1
CFR Cluj Romania 1–0 Serbia Jagodina 0–0 1–0
Motherwell Scotland 4–5 Iceland Stjarnan 2–2 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Zestafoni Georgia (country) 0–3[B] Slovakia Spartak Trnava 0–0 0–3
Brommapojkarna Sweden 5–1[B] Northern Ireland Crusaders 4–0 1–1
Aberdeen Scotland 2–1 Netherlands Groningen 0–0 2–1
Bursaspor Turkey 0–0 (1–4 p) Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan 3–2 Slovenia Koper 1–2 2–0
Linfield Northern Ireland 1–2 Sweden AIK 1–0 0–2
Rijeka Croatia 3–1 Hungary Ferencváros 1–0 2–1
Budućnost Podgorica Montenegro 0–2 Cyprus Omonia 0–2 0–0
Mladá Boleslav Czech Republic 6–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 2–1 4–0
Luzern Switzerland 2–2 (4–5 p) Scotland St. Johnstone 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Laçi Albania 1–5 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 0–3 1–2
Rosenborg Norway 4–3 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 1–2 3–1
Atlantas Lithuania 0–3 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy 0–0 0–3
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–2 Norway Haugesund 0–1 3–1
Zulte Waregem Belgium 5–2 Poland Zawisza Bydgoszcz 2–1 3–1
Sillamäe Kalev Estonia 0–9 Russia Krasnodar 0–4 0–5
CSKA Sofia Bulgaria 1–1 (a) Moldova Zimbru Chișinău 1–1 0–0
Derry City Republic of Ireland 1–6 Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk 0–1 1–5
Ruch Chorzów Poland 3–2 Liechtenstein Vaduz 3–2 0–0
Astana Kazakhstan 3–1[C] Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 3–0 0–1
Trenčín Slovakia 4–3 Serbia Vojvodina 4–0 0–3
Litex Lovech Bulgaria 2–3 Hungary Diósgyőr 0–2 2–1
Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria 2–3 Austria St. Pölten 2–1 0–2
RoPS Finland 3–5[B] Greece Asteras Tripoli 1–1 2–4
Dundalk Republic of Ireland 2–3[B] Croatia Hajduk Split 0–2 2–1
Kairat Kazakhstan 1–2 Denmark Esbjerg 1–1 0–1
Elfsborg Sweden 1–1 (4–3 p) Azerbaijan Inter Baku 0–1 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  2. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw, due to the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict.[36]

Third qualifying round

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 18 July 2014.[37] The first legs will be played on 31 July, and the second legs will be played on 7 August 2014.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Karabükspor Turkey Norway Rosenborg 31 Jul 7 Aug
RNK Split Croatia [D] Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa 31 Jul 7 Aug
St. Johnstone Scotland Slovakia Spartak Trnava 31 Jul 7 Aug
Mainz 05 Germany Greece Asteras Tripoli 31 Jul 7 Aug
Diósgyőr Hungary Russia Krasnodar 31 Jul 7 Aug
Mladá Boleslav Czech Republic France Lyon 31 Jul 7 Aug
Trenčín Slovakia England Hull City 31 Jul 7 Aug
Omonia Cyprus Republic of Macedonia Metalurg Skopje 31 Jul 7 Aug
Brommapojkarna Sweden [D] Italy Torino 31 Jul 7 Aug
PSV Netherlands Austria St. Pölten 31 Jul 7 Aug
Stjarnan Iceland Poland Lech Poznań 31 Jul 7 Aug
Zorya Luhansk Ukraine Norway Molde 31 Jul 7 Aug
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Greece Atromitos 31 Jul 7 Aug
Real Sociedad Spain Scotland Aberdeen 31 Jul 7 Aug
Astana Kazakhstan Sweden AIK 31 Jul 7 Aug
Zulte Waregem Belgium Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk 31 Jul 7 Aug
Grödig Austria Moldova Zimbru Chișinău 31 Jul 7 Aug
Astra Giurgiu Romania Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 31 Jul 7 Aug
Ruch Chorzów Poland Denmark Esbjerg 31 Jul 7 Aug
Dynamo Moscow Russia Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 31 Jul 7 Aug
Young Boys Switzerland Cyprus Ermis Aradippou 31 Jul 7 Aug
Elfsborg Sweden Iceland FH 31 Jul 7 Aug
Petrolul Ploiești Romania Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 31 Jul 7 Aug
Víkingur Faroe Islands Croatia Rijeka 31 Jul 7 Aug
Dinamo Minsk Belarus Romania CFR Cluj 31 Jul 7 Aug
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 31 Jul 7 Aug
IFK Göteborg Sweden Portugal Rio Ave 31 Jul 7 Aug
Club Brugge Belgium Denmark Brøndby 31 Jul 7 Aug
Shakhter Karagandy Kazakhstan Croatia Hajduk Split 31 Jul 7 Aug
Notes
  1. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Play-off round

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

Group stage

A total of 48 teams play in the group stage: 7 teams which enter in this stage, the 31 winners of the play-off round, and the 10 losers of 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,[32][33][34] with the title holders 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 eight third-placed teams of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Knockout phase

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

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