2019 UEFA Europa League Final
The final's identity
|Event||2018–19 UEFA Europa League|
|Date||29 May 2019|
|Venue||Olympic Stadium, Baku|
The 2019 UEFA Europa League Final will be the final match of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, the 48th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 10th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan on 29 May 2019. Starting from this season, the Europa League final will be played in the same week as the Champions League final.
The winners will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. They will also qualify to enter the group stage of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, and if they have already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved will be given to the third-placed team of the 2018–19 Ligue 1, the 5th-ranked association according to next season's access list.
In March 2018, UEFA announced that a fourth substitution will be allowed in extra time and that the number of substitutes has been increased from 7 to 12. The kick-off time has also been changed from 20:45 CEST to 21:00 CEST. The match will also be the first fixture (and final) of the Europa League to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.
For the first time ever, an open bidding process was launched on 9 December 2016 by UEFA to select the venues of the club competition finals (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Women's Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup). Associations had until 27 January 2017 to express interest, and bid dossiers must be submitted by 6 June 2017.
UEFA announced on 3 February 2017 that six associations expressed interest in hosting, and confirmed on 7 June 2017 that three associations submitted bids for the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final:
|Azerbaijan||Baku Olympic Stadium||Baku||69,870||Also bid for 2019 UEFA Champions League Final|
|Spain||Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán||Seville||42,500|
|Turkey||Vodafone Park||Istanbul||41,903||Also bid for 2019 UEFA Super Cup|
The following associations expressed interest in hosting but eventually did not submit bids:
- Georgia: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
- Germany: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart (preferred over Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt)
- Scotland: Hampden Park, Glasgow
The final identity was unveiled on 31 August 2018 at the group stage draw.
The "home" team (for administrative purposes) will be determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws, which will be held on 15 March 2019 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
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