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2015–16 UEFA Europa League
St-Jakob-Park.jpg
The St. Jakob-Park in Basel will host the final.
Tournament details
Dates 2 July – 27 August 2015 (qualifying)
17 September 2015 – 18 May 2016 (competition proper)
Teams 48+8 (competition proper)
158+33 (expected) (total) (from 54 associations)

The 2015–16 UEFA Europa League will be the 45th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 7th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The 2016 UEFA Europa League Final will be played at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland.[1]

Sevilla are the two-time defending champions. As they automatically qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage as the Europa League title holders, they will not be able to defend their title unless they finish third in the group stage.

Format changes[edit]

The UEFA Executive Committee held in May and September 2013 approved the following changes to the UEFA Europa League starting from the 2015–16 season (for the three-year cycle until the 2017–18 season):[2]

  • The title holders of the UEFA Europa League will qualify for the UEFA Champions League, and therefore no Europa League berth will be reserved for them (however it is still possible for them to defend their title if they drop down to the Europa League after Champions League elimination).
  • All associations will have a maximum of three teams entering the Europa League; previously associations 7–9 each had four entrants.
  • The number of teams directly qualifying for the group stage will be increased to 16 teams (from the top 12 associations); previously six teams (from the top six associations) directly qualified for the group stage.
  • Should the domestic cup winners qualify for the Champions League, the cup runners-up will no longer be granted a spot in the Europa League, and the spot will be given to the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions.[3]

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 191 teams from all 54 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[4]

  • Associations 1–51 (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).[3]
  • The top three associations of the 2014–15 UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth (the 2015–16 season will be the last where Fair Play berths are allocated to the Europa League).[5]
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.
  • Since Sevilla, the winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League which automatically qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, also qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League as the fifth-placed team of the 2014–15 La Liga, their berth in the Europa League is vacated and not replaced by any other team.

Association ranking[edit]

For the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2014 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2009–10 to 2013–14.[6][7]

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 (Netherlands, England, Republic of Ireland)[8]
  • (UCL) – Additional teams transferred from the Champions League
  • (EL) – Vacated berth due to Europa League title holders playing in the Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain Spain 97.713 3 −1(EL)
2 England England 84.748 +1(FP)
3 Germany Germany 81.641
4 Italy Italy 66.938
5 Portugal Portugal 62.299
6 France France 56.500
7 Russia Russia 46.998
8 Netherlands Netherlands 44.312 +1(FP)
9 Ukraine Ukraine 40.966
10 Belgium Belgium 36.300
11 Turkey Turkey 34.200
12 Greece Greece 33.600
13 Switzerland Switzerland 33.225
14 Austria Austria 30.925
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic 29.350
16 Romania Romania 27.257
17 Israel Israel 26.875
18 Cyprus Cyprus 23.250
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 Denmark Denmark 21.300 3
20 Croatia Croatia 19.625
21 Poland Poland 18.875
22 Belarus Belarus 18.625
23 Scotland Scotland 16.566
24 Sweden Sweden 16.325
25 Bulgaria Bulgaria 15.625
26 Norway Norway 14.275
27 Serbia Serbia 14.125
28 Hungary Hungary 11.625
29 Slovenia Slovenia 11.000
30 Slovakia Slovakia 11.000
31 Moldova Moldova 10.375
32 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 10.375
33 Georgia (country) Georgia 9.875
34 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 8.250
35 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500
36 Finland Finland 7.175
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Iceland Iceland 6.750 3
38 Latvia Latvia 6.250
39 Montenegro Montenegro 6.000
40 Albania Albania 5.500
41 Lithuania Lithuania 5.250
42 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5.250
43 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 5.125 +1(FP)
44 Luxembourg Luxembourg 4.875
45 Malta Malta 4.833
46 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 4.500 1
47 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 3.625 3
48 Wales Wales 3.000
49 Armenia Armenia 2.875
50 Estonia Estonia 2.875
51 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2.125
52 San Marino San Marino 0.999 2
53 Andorra Andorra 0.833
54 Gibraltar Gibraltar 0.000 1

Distribution[edit]

The table below shows the default access list.[9][10][11]

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
First qualifying round
(104 teams)
  • 31 domestic cup winners from associations 24–54
  • 35 domestic league runners-up from associations 18–53 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 35 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 3 teams which qualified via Fair Play ranking
Second qualifying round
(66 teams)
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 18–23
  • 2 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–17
  • 6 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 52 winners from first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(58 teams)
  • 5 domestic cup winners from associations 13–17
  • 9 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 7–15
  • 5 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 5–9
  • 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)
  • 33 winners from second qualifying round
Play-off round
(44 teams)
  • 29 winners from third qualifying round
  • 15 losers from Champions League third qualifying round
Group stage
(48 teams)
  • 12 domestic cup winners from associations 1–12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 4
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 22 winners from play-off round
  • 10 losers from Champions League play-off round
Knockout phase
(32 teams)
  • 12 group winners from group stage
  • 12 group runners-up from group stage
  • 8 third-placed teams from Champions League group stage

The access list above is provisional, as changes will need to be made in the following cases:

  • If the Champions League title holders or the Europa League title holders have qualified for the Europa League through domestic performance, their berth in the Europa League is vacated (not replaced by another team from the same association), and cup winners of the highest-ranked associations are moved to a later round accordingly.[12]
  • In some cases where changes to the access list of the Champions League are made, the number of losers of the Champions League third qualifying round which are transferred to the Europa League is increased or decreased from the default number of 15, which means changes to the access list of the Europa League will also need to be made.[13]
  • Because a maximum of five teams from one association can enter the UEFA Champions League, if both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders are from the same top three ranked association and finish outside the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of their association will be moved to the Europa League and enter the group stage, which means changes to the access list of the Europa League may also need to be made.[14]

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 (regulations Articles 3.03 and 3.04):[4]

  • 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, 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" (the 2015–16 season will be the first with this particular arrangement where the domestic cup runners-up are no longer guaranteed a place in the Europa League in this scenario).
  • 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. 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 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:[15]

  • CW: Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • P-W: End-of-season Europa League play-off 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 2015–16 UEFA Champions League through domestic performance.

Round of 32
(UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS)
(UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS)
Group stage
Spain Villarreal (6th) Portugal Braga (4th) Greece (3rd)[Note GRE] (UCL PO)
England Tottenham Hotspur (5th) France Marseille (4th) Switzerland (CW)[Note SUI] (UCL PO)
England Liverpool (6th) Russia Lokomotiv Moscow (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Germany Augsburg (5th) Netherlands Groningen (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Germany Schalke 04 (6th) Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (3rd) (UCL PO) (UCL PO)
Italy Fiorentina (4th) Belgium Anderlecht (3rd) (UCL PO)
Italy Napoli (5th) Turkey Beşiktaş (3rd) (UCL PO)
Play-off round
(UCL Q3) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
(UCL Q3) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
(UCL Q3) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
(UCL Q3) (UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Third qualifying round
Spain Athletic Bilbao (7th) France Bordeaux (6th) Belgium Standard Liège (4th) Czech Republic Jablonec (3rd)
England Southampton (7th) Russia Krasnodar (3rd) Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir (4th) Romania Târgu Mureș (2nd)
Germany Borussia Dortmund (7th) Russia Dynamo Moscow (4th)[Note RUS] Greece (4th)[Note GRE] Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona (2nd)
Italy Sampdoria (7th)[Note ITA] Netherlands AZ (3rd) Switzerland Zürich (3rd)[Note SUI] Cyprus AEK Larnaca (2nd)
Portugal Vitória de Guimarães (5th) Netherlands Vitesse (P-W) Austria (CW)[Note AUT]
Portugal Belenenses (6th) Ukraine Zorya Luhansk (4th) Austria Rheindorf Altach (3rd)
France Saint-Étienne (5th) Ukraine Vorskla Poltava (5th) Czech Republic Slovan Liberec (CW)
Second qualifying round
Belgium Charleroi (P-W) Austria Sturm Graz (4th)[Note AUT] Denmark Copenhagen (CW) Scotland Inverness CT (CW)
Turkey Trabzonspor (5th)[Note TUR] Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav (4th) Croatia Rijeka (2nd) Sweden IFK Göteborg (CW)
Greece (5th)[Note GRE] Romania Astra Giurgiu (4th)[Note ROU] Poland Legia Warsaw (CW)[Note POL] Bulgaria Cherno More Varna (CW)
Switzerland Thun (4th)[Note SUI] Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva (3rd) Belarus Dinamo Minsk (2nd)
First qualifying round
Romania Botoșani (8th)[Note ROU] Hungary Debrecen (4th) Iceland FH (2nd) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW)
Israel Beitar Jerusalem (4th) Slovenia Koper (CW) Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík (4th) Northern Ireland Glentoran (CW)
Cyprus Apollon Limassol (3rd) Slovenia Celje (2nd) Latvia Jelgava (CW) Northern Ireland Linfield (2nd)
Cyprus Omonia (4th) Slovenia Domžale (3rd) Latvia Skonto (2nd) Northern Ireland Glenavon (3rd)
Denmark Brøndby (3rd) Slovakia Žilina (2nd) Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala (6th)[Note LVA] Wales Bala Town (2nd)
Denmark Randers (4th) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (3rd) Montenegro Mladost Podgorica (CW) Wales Airbus UK Broughton (3rd)
Croatia Hajduk Split (3rd) Slovakia Spartak Trnava (4th) Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić (2nd) Wales Newtown (P-W)
Croatia Lokomotiva (4th) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (CW) Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica (3rd) Armenia Ulisses (2nd)
Poland (2nd/3rd) Moldova Dacia Chișinău (2nd) Albania Laçi (CW) Armenia Shirak (3rd)
Poland (4th) Moldova Saxan (5th)[Note MDA] Albania Kukësi (2nd) Armenia Alashkert (4th)
Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk (3rd) Azerbaijan Inter Baku (2nd) Albania Partizani Tirana (3rd) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (CW)
Belarus Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino (4th) Azerbaijan Gabala (3rd) Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis (2nd) Estonia Sillamäe Kalev (2nd)
Scotland Aberdeen (2nd) Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku (CW/4th) Lithuania Atlantas (3rd) Estonia Flora Tallinn (3rd)
Scotland St. Johnstone (4th) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (CW) Lithuania Trakai (4th) Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta (CW)
Sweden AIK (3rd) Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi (2nd) Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički (CW) Faroe Islands HB (2nd)
Sweden Elfsborg (4th) Georgia (country) Spartaki Tskhinvali (4th) Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija (3rd) Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík (4th)
Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora (2nd) Kazakhstan Kairat (CW) Republic of Macedonia Renova (4th) San Marino Juvenes/Dogana (2nd)
Bulgaria Litex Lovech (4th)[Note BUL] Kazakhstan Aktobe (2nd) Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic (CW) San Marino La Fiorita (3rd)
Norway Rosenborg (2nd) Kazakhstan Ordabasy (4th) Republic of Ireland Cork City (2nd) Andorra Sant Julià (CW)
Norway Odd (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina Olimpic (CW) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (4th) Andorra Lusitanos (2nd)
Norway Strømsgodset (4th) Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar (2nd) Luxembourg Differdange 03 (CW) Gibraltar College Europa (2nd)
Serbia Čukarički (CW) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar (3rd) Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (3rd) Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles (FP)[16]
Serbia Red Star Belgrade (2nd) Finland SJK (2nd) Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn (4th) England West Ham United (FP)[17]
Serbia Vojvodina (4th) Finland Lahti (3rd) Malta Birkirkara (CW) Republic of Ireland UCD (FP)[18][19]
Hungary Ferencváros (CW) Finland VPS (4th) Malta Valletta (2nd)
Hungary MTK Budapest (3rd) Iceland KR (CW) Malta Balzan (4th)

Notably two teams will take part in the competition that do not currently play in their national top-division. They are Go Ahead Eagles (2nd tier) and UCD (2nd tier).

Notes
  1. ^ Austria (AUT): Sturm Graz will enter the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round if Red Bull Salzburg win the 2014–15 Austrian Cup.
  2. ^ Bulgaria (BUL): Lokomotiv Sofia, the third-placed team of the 2014–15 A PFG, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to Litex Lovech, the fourth-placed team of the league.[20][21] An appeal was denied on 1 June 2015.[22]
  3. ^ Greece (GRE): Asteras Tripoli, PAOK and Atromitos have qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League as they will finish third, fourth or fifth in the 2014–15 Superleague Greece.
  4. ^ Italy (ITA): Genoa, the sixth-placed team of the 2014–15 Serie A, would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to Sampdoria, the seventh-placed team of the league. A final appeal by Genoa will be heard on 3 June 2015.[23]
  5. ^ Latvia (LVA): Liepāja, the fourth-placed team of the 2014 Latvian Higher League, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence as they were affiliated with the Latvian Football Federation for less than three years after reforming from the dissolved Liepājas Metalurgs. As a result, the berth was given to Spartaks Jūrmala, the sixth-placed team of the league, as Daugava Daugavpils, the fifth-placed team, also failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[24]
  6. ^ Moldova (MDA): Tiraspol, the fourth-placed team of the 2014–15 Moldovan National Division, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but were dissolved at the end of the 2014–15 season.[25] As a result, the berth was given to Saxan, the fifth-placed team of the league.[26]
  7. ^ Poland (POL): Legia Warsaw have qualified for the 2015–16 European competitions by winning the 2014–15 Polish Cup. They may still qualify for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League if they win the 2014–15 Ekstraklasa.
  8. ^ Romania (ROU): CFR Cluj, the third-placed team of the 2014–15 Liga I, would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round, but were banned by UEFA after failing to settle overdue payables.[27] As a result, Astra Giurgiu, the fourth-placed team of the league, entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round, while the first qualifying round berth was given to Botoșani, the eighth-placed team of the league, as Petrolul Ploiești, CS U Craiova and Dinamo București, the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-placed teams of the league respectively, all failed to obtain UEFA licences.[28][29]
  9. ^ Russia (RUS): On 24 April 2015, Dynamo Moscow has been referred to the UEFA's Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chamber for violating the Financial Fair Play break-even requirements after the club was not able to reach the settlement with UEFA.[30] The meeting regarding the sanctions for the violation (which could include Dynamo's exclusion from the European competitions) will be held on 16 June 2015, and the decision could be made the same day.[31]
  10. ^ Switzerland (SUI): Zürich will enter the group stage instead of the third qualifying round and Thun will enter the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round if Basel win the 2014–15 Swiss Cup.
  11. ^ Turkey (TUR): Trabzonspor have qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, as Bursaspor, which may still win the 2014–15 Turkish Cup are banned by UEFA from competing in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League even if they qualify.[32]

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[9][33]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 22 June 2015 2 July 2015 9 July 2015
Second qualifying round 16 July 2015 23 July 2015
Third qualifying round 17 July 2015 30 July 2015 6 August 2015
Play-off Play-off round 7 August 2015 20 August 2015 27 August 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 28 August 2015
(Monaco)
17 September 2015
Matchday 2 1 October 2015
Matchday 3 22 October 2015
Matchday 4 5 November 2015
Matchday 5 26 November 2015
Matchday 6 10 December 2015
Knockout phase Round of 32 14 December 2015 18 February 2016 25 February 2016
Round of 16 26 February 2016 10 March 2016 17 March 2016
Quarter-finals 18 March 2016 7 April 2016 14 April 2016
Semi-finals 15 April 2016 28 April 2016 5 May 2016
Final 18 May 2016 at St. Jakob-Park, Basel

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 are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2015 UEFA club coefficients,[34][35][36] 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]

The draw for the first qualifying round will be held on 22 June 2015. The first legs will be played on 2 July, and the second legs will be played on 9 July 2015.

A total of 102 teams are expected to play in the first qualifying round.

Second qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the second qualifying round will be held on 22 June 2015. The first legs will be played on 16 July, and the second legs will be played on 23 July 2015.

A total of 66 teams are expected to play in the second qualifying round: 15 teams which enter in this round, and the 51 winners of the first qualifying round.

Third qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the third qualifying round will be held on 17 July 2015. The first legs will be played on 30 July, and the second legs will be played on 6 August 2015.

A total of 58 teams are expected to play in the third qualifying round: 25 teams which enter in this round, and the 33 winners of the second qualifying round.

Play-off round[edit]

The draw for the play-off round will be held on 7 August 2015. The first legs will be played on 20 August, and the second legs will be played on 27 August 2015.

A total of 44 teams are expected to play in the play-off round: the 29 winners of the third qualifying round, and the 15 losers of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage will be held in Monaco on 28 August 2015. The 48 teams are drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on their 2015 UEFA club coefficients.[34][35][36]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays are 17 September, 1 October, 22 October, 5 November, 26 November, and 10 December 2015.

A total of 48 teams play in the group stage: 16 teams which enter in this stage, the 22 winners of the play-off round, and the 10 losers of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League play-off round.

Knockout phase[edit]

In the knockout phase, teams 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 are seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage are unseeded. The seeded teams are 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 draw for the round of 16, there are seedings (regulations Article 17.03, although the seeding criteria are unspecified),[4] with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group can be drawn against each other, but teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other (changed from previous seasons where an open draw was used in the round of 16).
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.

Round of 32[edit]

The draw for the round of 32 will be held on 14 December 2015. The first legs will be played on 18 February 2016, and the second legs will be played on 25 February 2016.

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 26 February 2016. The first legs will be played on 10 March, and the second legs will be played on 17 March 2016.

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 18 March 2016. The first legs will be played on 7 April, and the second legs will be played on 14 April 2016.

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 15 April 2016. The first legs will be played on 28 April, and the second legs will be played on 5 May 2016.

Final[edit]

The final will be played on 18 May 2016 at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) will be determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

See also[edit]

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