2017–18 UEFA Europa League
29 June – 24 August 2017
14 September 2017 – 16 May 2018
Competition proper: 48+8|
Total: 157+33 (from 55 associations)
|Champions||Atlético Madrid (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||556 (2.71 per match)|
|Attendance||4,545,716 (22,174 per match)|
(8 goals each)
The 2017–18 UEFA Europa League was the 47th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 9th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.
As winners, Atlético Madrid earned the right to play against the winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup. Moreover, they would also have been automatically qualified for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage, but since they had already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved was given to the third-placed team of the 2017–18 Ligue 1, the fifth-ranked association according to next season's access list.
Manchester United qualified for the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League as the title holders of Europa League. They were unable to defend their title as they qualified for the Champions League knockout phase.
- 1 Association team allocation
- 2 Round and draw dates
- 3 Qualifying rounds
- 4 Play-off round
- 5 Group stage
- 6 Knockout phase
- 7 Statistics
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Association team allocation
A total of 190 teams from all 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:
- Associations 1–51 (except Liechtenstein) each have three teams qualify.
- Associations 52–54 each have two teams qualify.
- Liechtenstein and Kosovo (association 55) each have one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Kosovo as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee).
- Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.
For the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2016 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2011–12 to 2015–16.
Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Europa League, as noted below:
- (UCL) – Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League
- (UEL) – Vacated berth due to UEFA Europa League title holders playing in UEFA Champions League
In the default access list, Manchester United enter the group stage (as the sixth-placed team of the 2016–17 Premier League). However, since they qualified for the Champions League as the Europa League title holders, the spot which they qualified for in the Europa League group stage is vacated, and the following changes to the default allocation system are made:
- The domestic cup winners of association 13 (Czech Republic) are promoted from the third qualifying round to the group stage.
- The domestic cup winners of association 18 (Poland) are promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
- The domestic cup winners of associations 25 and 26 (Scotland and Azerbaijan) 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
|Second qualifying round
|Third qualifying round
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):
- 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".
- 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 either the League Cup or end-of-season European competition play-offs 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.
- CW: Cup winners
- 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
- LC: League Cup winners
- RW: Regular season winners
- PW: End-of-season European competition play-offs winners
- 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
- ^ Bulgaria (BUL): On 29 May 2017 a UEFA letter to the Bulgarian Football Union declared that CSKA Sofia, the runners-up of the 2016–17 First Professional Football League, were not allowed to compete in the Europa League as they were considered to have been re-formed as a new club and thus did not pass the "three-year rule". As this decision was appealed by CSKA Sofia, the Bulgarian Football Union granted a license to them subject to legal proceedings. A few hours prior to the Europa League first qualifying round draw, UEFA replaced them with Dunav Ruse, the fourth-placed team of the league.
- ^ Kosovo (KOS): Besa Pejë would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the winners of the 2016–17 Kosovar Cup, but failed to obtain a UEFA license. As a result, the berth was given to the runners-up of the 2016–17 Football Superleague of Kosovo, Prishtina.
- ^ Malta (MLT): Birkirkara would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the third-placed team of the 2016–17 Maltese Premier League, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to the fourth-placed team of the league, Valletta.
- ^ 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 the Republic of Ireland (any coefficient points they earn count toward Republic of Ireland and not Northern Ireland).
- ^ Romania (ROU): Voluntari would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round as the winners of 2016–17 Cupa României, and CFR Cluj would have qualified for the second qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2016–17 Liga I, but both failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the third qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Universitatea Craiova, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the sixth-placed team of the league, Astra Giurgiu.
Round and draw dates
|Phase||Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|Qualifying||First qualifying round||19 June 2017||29 June 2017||6 July 2017|
|Second qualifying round||13 July 2017||20 July 2017|
|Third qualifying round||14 July 2017||27 July 2017||3 August 2017|
|Play-off||Play-off round||4 August 2017||17 August 2017||24 August 2017|
|Group stage||Matchday 1||25 August 2017
|14 September 2017|
|Matchday 2||28 September 2017|
|Matchday 3||19 October 2017|
|Matchday 4||2 November 2017|
|Matchday 5||23 November 2017|
|Matchday 6||7 December 2017|
|Knockout phase||Round of 32||11 December 2017||15 February 2018||22 February 2018|
|Round of 16||23 February 2018||8 March 2018||15 March 2018|
|Quarter-finals||16 March 2018||5 April 2018||12 April 2018|
|Semi-finals||13 April 2018||26 April 2018||3 May 2018|
|Final||16 May 2018 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu|
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.
In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients, and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
First qualifying round
Second qualifying round
The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2017, 14:30 CEST (after the completion of the first qualifying round draw). The first legs were played on 12 and 13 July, and the second legs were played on 20 July 2017.
Third qualifying round
- ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Osijek||2–2 (a)||Austria Wien||1–2||1–0|
|Krasnodar||4–4 (a)[D]||Red Star Belgrade||3–2||1–2|
|Club Brugge||0–3||AEK Athens||0–0||0–3|
|Viitorul Constanța||1–7||Red Bull Salzburg||1–3||0–4|
|Rheindorf Altach||2–3||Maccabi Tel Aviv||0–1||2–2|
|Dinamo Zagreb||1–1 (a)||Skënderbeu Korçë||1–1||0–0|
|Ludogorets Razgrad||2–0||Sūduva Marijampolė||2–0||0–0|
|Utrecht||1–2||Zenit Saint Petersburg||1–0||0–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Legia Warsaw||1–1 (a)||Sheriff Tiraspol||1–1||0–0|
|Viktoria Plzeň||3–1||AEK Larnaca||3–1||0–0|
The draw for the group stage was held on 25 August 2017, 13:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The 48 teams were 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 were seeded into four pots based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients.
In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 32, where they were joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays were 14 September, 28 September, 19 October, 2 November, 23 November, and 7 December 2017.
A total of 29 national associations were represented in the group stage. Arsenal, Atalanta, Fastav Zlín, 1899 Hoffenheim, İstanbul Başakşehir, 1. FC Köln, Lugano, Milan, Östersund, Real Sociedad, Red Star Belgrade, Vardar and Vitesse made their debut appearances in the UEFA Europa League group stage (although Milan and Red Star Belgrade had appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage). Vardar were the first team from Macedonia to play in either the Champions League or Europa League group stage.
Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 16.01):
|1||Villarreal||6||3||2||1||10||6||+4||11||Advance to knockout phase||—||3–1||2–2||0–1|
|4||Maccabi Tel Aviv||6||1||1||4||1||8||−7||4||0–0||0–1||0–2||—|
|1||Dynamo Kyiv||6||4||1||1||15||9||+6||13||Advance to knockout phase||—||4–1||2–2||3–1|
|1||Braga||6||3||1||2||9||8||+1||10||Advance to knockout phase||—||0–2||2–1||3–1|
|1||Milan||6||3||2||1||13||6||+7||11||Advance to knockout phase||—||0–0||3–2||5–1|
|1||Atalanta||6||4||2||0||14||4||+10||14||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–0||3–0||3–1|
|1||Lokomotiv Moscow||6||3||2||1||9||4||+5||11||Advance to knockout phase||—||2–1||1–2||3–0|
- Head-to-head results: Sheriff Tiraspol 0–0 Copenhagen, Copenhagen 2–0 Sheriff Tiraspol.
|1||Viktoria Plzeň||6||4||0||2||13||8||+5||12||Advance to knockout phase||—||2–0||4–1||3–1|
|4||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||6||1||1||4||5||10||−5||4||0–2||1–2||2–1||—|
|1||Arsenal||6||4||1||1||14||4||+10||13||Advance to knockout phase||—||0–0||3–1||6–0|
|2||Red Star Belgrade||6||2||3||1||3||2||+1||9||0–1||—||1–0||1–1|
|3||1. FC Köln||6||2||0||4||7||8||−1||6||1–0||0–1||—||5–2|
|1||Red Bull Salzburg||6||3||3||0||7||1||+6||12||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–0||0–0||3–0|
|4||Vitória de Guimarães||6||1||2||3||5||9||−4||5||1–1||1–0||1–1||—|
|1||Athletic Bilbao||6||3||2||1||8||5||+3||11[a]||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–0||0–1||3–2|
- Head-to-head results: Östersund 2–2 Athletic Bilbao, Athletic Bilbao 1–0 Östersund.
|1||Lazio||6||4||1||1||12||7||+5||13||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–0||2–0||1–1|
|1||Zenit Saint Petersburg||6||5||1||0||17||5||+12||16||Advance to knockout phase||—||3–1||3–1||2–1|
- 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 were seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association could not be drawn against each other.
- In the draws for the round of 16 onwards, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association could be drawn against each other.
Round of 32
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Spartak Moscow||3–4||Athletic Bilbao||1–3||2–1|
|AEK Athens||1–1 (a)||Dynamo Kyiv||1–1||0–0|
|Celtic||1–3||Zenit Saint Petersburg||1–0||0–3|
|Napoli||3–3 (a)||RB Leipzig||1–3||2–0|
|Red Star Belgrade||0–1||CSKA Moscow||0–0||0–1|
|Real Sociedad||3–4||Red Bull Salzburg||2–2||1–2|
Round of 16
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|RB Leipzig||3–2||Zenit Saint Petersburg||2–1||1–1|
|Atlético Madrid||8–1||Lokomotiv Moscow||3–0||5–1|
|CSKA Moscow||3–3 (a)||Lyon||0–1||3–2|
|Sporting CP||3–2||Viktoria Plzeň||2–0||1–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Borussia Dortmund||1–2||Red Bull Salzburg||1–2||0–0|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Atlético Madrid||2–1||Sporting CP||2–0||0–1|
|Lazio||5–6||Red Bull Salzburg||4–2||1–4|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Marseille||3–2||Red Bull Salzburg||2–0||1–2 (a.e.t.)|
The final was played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu on 16 May 2018. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.
Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.
|Aritz Aduriz||Athletic Bilbao||801|
|3||Júnior Moraes||Dynamo Kyiv||7||742|
|Antoine Griezmann||Atlético Madrid||631|
|Aleksandr Kokorin||Zenit Saint Petersburg||698|
|Emiliano Rigoni||Zenit Saint Petersburg||775|
|Manuel Fernandes||Lokomotiv Moscow||900|
|Willian José||Real Sociedad||384|
|Valon Berisha||Red Bull Salzburg||1138|
|Moanes Dabour||Red Bull Salzburg||1286|
|2||Sergio Canales||Real Sociedad||6||557|
|Stefan Lainer||Red Bull Salzburg||1290|
|Xabi Prieto||Real Sociedad||483|
|Raphael Holzhauser||Austria Wien||536|
|Bruno Fernandes||Sporting CP||567|
|Aleksei Miranchuk||Lokomotiv Moscow||784|
Squad of the Season
The UEFA technical study group selected the following 18 players as the squad of the tournament.
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