2019–20 UEFA Europa League

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2019–20 UEFA Europa League
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The Stadion Energa Gdańsk in Gdańsk will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
27 June – 29 August 2019
Competition proper:
19 September 2019 – 27 May 2020
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total (expected): 158+57 (from 55 associations)

The 2019–20 UEFA Europa League will be the 49th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 11th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The final will be played at the Stadion Energa Gdańsk in Gdańsk, Poland.[1] The winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup. They will also automatically qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage, and if they have already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved will be given to the third-placed team of the 5th-ranked association according to next season's access list.

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 215 teams from all 55 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2019–20 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).[2]
  • Moreover, 57 teams eliminated from the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.

Association ranking[edit]

For the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2018 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2013–14 to 2017–18.[3]

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

  • (UCL) – Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League
Association ranking for 2019–20 UEFA Europa League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1  Spain 106.998 3
2  England 79.605
3  Italy 76.249
4  Germany 71.427
5  France 56.415
6  Russia 53.382
7  Portugal 47.248
8  Ukraine 41.133
9  Belgium 38.500
10  Turkey 35.800
11  Austria 32.850
12   Switzerland 30.200
13  Czech Republic 30.175
14  Netherlands 29.749
15  Greece 28.600
16  Croatia 26.000
17  Denmark 25.950
18  Israel 21.750
19  Cyprus 21.550
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20  Romania 20.450 3
21  Poland 20.125
22  Sweden 19.975
23  Azerbaijan 19.125
24  Bulgaria 19.125
25  Serbia 18.750
26  Scotland 18.625
27  Belarus 18.625
28  Kazakhstan 18.125
29  Norway 17.425
30  Slovenia 14.500
31  Liechtenstein 13.000 1
32  Slovakia 12.125 3
33  Moldova 10.000
34  Albania 8.500
35  Iceland 8.250
36  Hungary 8.125
37  North Macedonia 7.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38  Finland 6.900 3
39  Republic of Ireland 6.700
40  Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.625
41  Latvia 5.625
42  Estonia 5.500
43  Lithuania 5.375
44  Montenegro 5.000
45  Georgia 5.000
46  Armenia 4.875
47  Malta 4.500
48  Luxembourg 4.375
49  Northern Ireland 4.250
50  Wales 3.875
51  Faroe Islands 3.750
52  Gibraltar 3.000 2
53  Andorra 1.331
54  San Marino 0.499
55  Kosovo 0.000 1

Distribution[edit]

The following is the default access list.[4]

Access list for 2019–20 UEFA Europa League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
Preliminary round
(16 teams)
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 50–55
  • 6 domestic league runners-up from associations 49–54
  • 4 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 48–51
First qualifying round
(94 teams)
  • 25 domestic cup winners from associations 25–49
  • 30 domestic league runners-up from associations 18–48 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 31 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–47 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 8 winners from preliminary round
Second qualifying round Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 17 losers from Champions League first qualifying round
  • 3 losers from Champions League preliminary round
Main Path
(74 teams)
  • 7 domestic cup winners from associations 18–24
  • 2 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–17
  • 3 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 13–15
  • 9 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 7–15
  • 2 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 5–6 (League Cup winners for France)
  • 4 domestic league sixth-placed teams from associations 1–4 (League Cup winners for England)
  • 47 winners from first qualifying round
Third qualifying round Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 10 winners from second qualifying round (Champions Path)
  • 10 losers from Champions League second qualifying round (Champions Path)
Main Path
(52 teams)
  • 5 domestic cup winners from associations 13–17
  • 6 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 7–12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 6
  • 37 winners from second qualifying round (Main Path)
  • 3 losers from Champions League second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round Champions Path
(16 teams)
  • 10 winners from third qualifying round (Champions Path)
  • 6 losers from Champions League third qualifying round (Champions Path)
Main Path
(26 teams)
  • 26 winners from third qualifying round (Main Path)
Group stage
(48 teams)
  • 12 domestic cup winners from associations 1–12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 5
  • 4 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 8 winners from play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 13 winners from play-off round (Main Path)
  • 4 losers from Champions League play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 losers from Champions League play-off round (League Path)
  • 4 losers from Champions League third qualifying round (League Path)
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

Changes will be made to the access list above, if any of the teams that qualify for the Europa League via their domestic competitions also qualify for the Champions League as the Champions League or Europa League title holders, or if there are fewer teams transferred from the Champions League due to changes in the Champions League access list. In any case where a spot in the Europa League is vacated, cup winners of the highest-ranked associations in earlier rounds will be promoted accordingly.

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:

  • 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.

Teams[edit]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[4]

  • CW: Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • RW: Regular season winners
  • PW: End-of-season Europa League 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
    • Q2: Losers from the second qualifying round
    • Q1: Losers from the first qualifying round
    • PR: Losers from the preliminary round

Note: Teams in italics may still qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, either through domestic performance, or by winning the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League or the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.

Qualified teams for 2019–20 UEFA Europa League (by entry round) Round of 32
(UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS)
(UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS) (UCL GS)
Group stage
Spain (CW) Germany (5th) Turkey (CW) (UCL PO)
Spain (5th) France (CW) Austria (CW) (UCL PO)
England (CW) France (4th) Switzerland (CW) (UCL Q3)
England (5th) Russia (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL Q3)
Italy (CW) Portugal (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL Q3)
Italy (5th) Ukraine (CW) (UCL PO) (UCL Q3)
Germany (CW) Belgium (CW) (UCL PO)
Play-off round
Champions Path Main Path
(UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
(UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
(UCL Q3) (UCL Q3)
Third qualifying round
Champions Path Main Path
(UCL Q2) (UCL Q2) Russia (4th) Netherlands (CW)
(UCL Q2) (UCL Q2) Portugal (3rd/4th) Greece (CW)
(UCL Q2) (UCL Q2) Ukraine (3rd) Croatia (CW)
(UCL Q2) (UCL Q2) Belgium Genk (RW)[Note BEL] Denmark (CW)
(UCL Q2) (UCL Q2) Turkey (3rd) (UCL Q2)
Austria (3rd) (UCL Q2)
Switzerland (3rd) (UCL Q2)
Czech Republic (CW)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path Main Path
(UCL Q1) (UCL Q1) Spain (6th) Netherlands (3rd)
(UCL Q1) (UCL Q1) England (6th) Netherlands (PW)
(UCL Q1) (UCL Q1) Italy (6th) Greece AEK Athens (3rd/4th)[Note GRE]
(UCL Q1) (UCL Q1) Germany (6th) Greece Atromitos (3rd/4th)[Note GRE]
(UCL Q1) (UCL Q1) France Strasbourg (LC)[Note FRA] Croatia (2nd)
(UCL Q1) (UCL Q1) Russia (5th) Denmark (2nd)
(UCL Q1) (UCL Q1) Portugal (5th) Israel (CW)
(UCL Q1) (UCL PR) Ukraine (4th) Cyprus (CW)
(UCL Q1) (UCL PR) Belgium (PW) Romania (CW)
(UCL Q1) (UCL PR) Turkey (4th) Poland (CW)
Austria (PW) Sweden (CW)
Switzerland (4th) Azerbaijan (CW)
Czech Republic (3rd) Bulgaria (CW)
Czech Republic (PW)
First qualifying round
Croatia (3rd) Belarus (CW) Iceland Stjarnan (CW) Estonia FCI Levadia (CW/2nd)
Denmark (PW) Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk (CW/2nd) Iceland Breiðablik (2nd) Estonia Flora (3rd)
Israel (2nd) Belarus Dinamo Minsk (CW/3rd) Iceland KR (4th) Lithuania Žalgiris (CW)
Israel (3rd) Kazakhstan Kairat (CW) Hungary (CW) Lithuania Riteriai (3rd)
Cyprus (2nd) Kazakhstan Tobol (3rd) Hungary (2nd) Lithuania Stumbras (4th)
Cyprus (3rd) Kazakhstan Ordabasy (4th) Hungary (3rd) Montenegro (CW)
Romania (2nd) Norway Molde (2nd) North Macedonia (CW) Montenegro (2nd)
Romania (3rd) Norway Brann (3rd) North Macedonia (2nd) Montenegro (3rd)
Poland (2nd) Norway Haugesund (4th) North Macedonia (3rd) Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi (CW)
Poland (3rd) Slovenia (CW) Finland Inter Turku (CW) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (2nd)
Sweden IFK Norrköping (2nd) Slovenia (2nd) Finland RoPS (2nd) Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere (4th)
Sweden Malmö FF (3rd) Slovenia (3rd) Finland KuPS (3rd) Armenia (CW)
Azerbaijan (2nd) Liechtenstein (CW) Republic of Ireland Cork City (2nd) Armenia (2nd)
Azerbaijan (3rd) Slovakia (CW) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (3rd) Armenia (3rd)
Bulgaria (2nd) Slovakia (2nd) Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic (5th)[Note IRL] Malta (CW)
Bulgaria (PW) Slovakia (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina (CW) Malta (2nd/3rd)
Serbia (CW) Moldova (CW) Bosnia and Herzegovina (2nd) Malta Gżira United (CW/2nd/3rd)
Serbia (2nd) Moldova Milsami Orhei (CW/2nd) Bosnia and Herzegovina (3rd) Luxembourg (CW)
Serbia (3rd) Moldova Petrocub Hîncești (3rd) Latvia Ventspils (2nd) Luxembourg (2nd)
Scotland (CW) Albania (CW) Latvia RFS (3rd) Northern Ireland (CW)
Scotland (2nd) Albania (2nd) Latvia Liepāja (4th)
Scotland (3rd) Albania (3rd) Estonia (CW)
Preliminary round
Luxembourg (3rd) Wales Barry Town United (3rd) Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík (4th) Andorra (2nd)
Northern Ireland (2nd) Wales (PW) Gibraltar (CW) San Marino Tre Fiori (CW)[Note SMR]
Northern Ireland (PW) Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn (CW) Gibraltar (2nd) San Marino (2nd)
Wales Connah's Quay Nomads (CW/2nd) Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík (2nd) Andorra (CW) Kosovo (CW)
Notes
  1. ^ Belgium (BEL): Genk can still qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League if they finish in the top two of the 2018–19 Belgian First Division A.
  2. ^ France (FRA): Strasbourg can still qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League if they finish in the top three of the 2018–19 Ligue 1. They will enter the Europa League group stage instead of the second qualifying round if they finish fourth in the league, or finish fifth in the league and a team in the top four win the 2018–19 Coupe de France.
  3. ^ Greece (GRE): AEK Athens will enter the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round if they win the 2018–19 Greek Football Cup, or finish third in the 2018–19 Superleague Greece and PAOK win the cup. Atromitos will enter the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round if they finish third in the 2018–19 Superleague Greece and PAOK win the cup.
  4. ^ Republic of Ireland (IRL): Waterford would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division, but were ruled by UEFA to have not passed the "three-year rule" as the club were reformed in 2016.[5] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, St Patrick's Athletic.
  5. ^ San Marino (SMR): Tre Fiori can still qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League if they win the 2018–19 Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio.

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[6]

Schedule for 2019–20 UEFA Europa League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 11 June 2019 27 June 2019 4 July 2019
First qualifying round 18 June 2019 (Champions Path)
19 June 2019 (Main Path)
11 July 2019 18 July 2019
Second qualifying round 25 July 2019 1 August 2019
Third qualifying round 22 July 2019 8 August 2019 15 August 2019
Play-off Play-off round 5 August 2019 22 August 2019 29 August 2019
Group stage Matchday 1 30 August 2019
(Monaco)
19 September 2019
Matchday 2 3 October 2019
Matchday 3 24 October 2019
Matchday 4 7 November 2019
Matchday 5 28 November 2019
Matchday 6 12 December 2019
Knockout phase Round of 32 16 December 2019 20 February 2020 27 February 2020
Round of 16 28 February 2020 12 March 2020 19 March 2020
Quarter-finals 20 March 2020 9 April 2020 16 April 2020
Semi-finals 30 April 2020 7 May 2020
Final 27 May 2020 at Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk

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

Preliminary round[edit]

Note: All qualified teams below are listed with their 2019 UEFA club coefficients (CC)[7][8] (after matches played on 18 April 2019; teams whose coefficients may still increase are marked by ≥).

In the preliminary round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[7][8] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

A total of 16 teams are expected to play in the preliminary round.

Qualifying round[edit]

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[7][8] 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]

A total of 94 teams are expected to play in the first qualifying round: 86 teams which enter in this round, and the eight winners of the preliminary round.

Second qualifying round[edit]

The second qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for cup winners and league non-champions).

A total of 94 teams are expected to play in the second qualifying round:

Champions Path

The 17 losers of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round, and the three losers of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League preliminary round.

League Path

27 teams which enter in this round, the 47 winners of the first qualifying round.

Third qualifying round[edit]

The third qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for cup winners and league non-champions).

A total of 72 teams are expected to play in the third qualifying round:

Champions Path

The ten Champions Path winners of the second qualifying round, and the ten Champions Path losers of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.

League Path

Twelve teams which enter in this round, the 37 League Path winners of the second qualifying round, and the three League Path losers of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.

Play-off round[edit]

The play-off round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for cup winners and league non-champions).

A total of 42 teams are expected to play in the play-off round:

Champions Path

The ten Champions Path winners of the third qualifying round, and the six Champions Path losers of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

League Path

The 26 League Path winners of the third qualifying round.

Group stage[edit]

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 2019 UEFA club coefficients.[7][8]

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 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage.

A total of 48 teams play in the group stage: 17 teams which enter in this stage, the 21 winners of the play-off round (eight from Champions Path, thirteen from League Path), the six losers of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path), and the four League Path losers of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League third qualifying 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 draws for the round of 16 onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Istanbul to host 2020 UEFA Champions League Final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Timeline for UEFA Presidential elections decided". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Country coefficients 2017/18". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Champions League and Europa League changes next season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ "St Pats to benefit as Waterford are refused UEFA licence". extra.ie. 19 April 2019.
  6. ^ "2019/20 Europa League match and draw calendar". UEFA.com. 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "UEFA Team Ranking 2019". Bert Kassies.

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