2011–12 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round
This article details the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round.
Round and draw dates
|Round||Draw date and time||First leg||Second leg|
|First qualifying round||20 June 2011 13:00||30 June 2011||7 July 2011|
|Second qualifying round||14 July 2011||21 July 2011|
|Third qualifying round||15 July 2011 13:30||28 July 2011||4 August 2011|
|Play-off round||5 August 2011 13:30||18 August 2011||25 August 2011|
Matches may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.
Each tie is played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that has the higher aggregate score over the two legs progresses to the next round. In the event that aggregate scores finish level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e., the team that scored more goals away from home over the two legs progresses. If away goals are also equal, then thirty minutes of extra time are played, divided into two fifteen-minute halves. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e., if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team qualifies by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shootout.
In the draw for each round, teams are seeded based on their 2011 UEFA club coefficients, with the teams divided into seeded and unseeded pots. A seeded team is drawn against an unseeded team, with the order of legs in each tie decided randomly. Due to the limited time between matches, the draws for the second and third qualifying rounds take place before the results of the previous round are known. The seeding in each draw is carried out under the assumption that all of the highest-ranked clubs of the previous round are victorious. If a lower-ranked club is victorious, it simply takes the place of its defeated opponent in the next round. Prior to the draw, UEFA may form "groups" in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, but they are purely for convenience of the draw and do not resemble any real groupings in the sense of the competition, while ensuring that teams from the same association are not drawn against each other.
Below are the 176 teams involved in the qualifying phase and play-off round, grouped by their starting rounds (including 15 losing teams from the Champions League third qualifying round which enter the play-off round). The 38 winners of the play-off round qualified for the group stage to join the 10 losing teams from the Champions League play-off round.
|Key to colours|
|Qualified for the group stage|
CL Losing teams from the Champions League third qualifying round
First qualifying round
Second qualifying round
Third qualifying round
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- "Draws for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League 2011/12". UEFA. 14 June 2011.
- "Draws for the third qualifying round of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League". UEFA. 7 July 2011.
- "Draws for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League". UEFA. 29 July 2011.
- "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League 2011/12" (PDF). Nyon: UEFA. March 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
- "Club coefficients 2010/11". UEFA. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
- "2011/12 list of participants". UEFA. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, UEFA.com