2015–16 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round
The 2015–16 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round began on 30 June and ended on 27 August 2015. A total of 157 teams competed in the qualifying phase and play-off round to decide 22 of the 48 places in the group stage of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
Round and draw datesEdit
|Round||Draw date and time||First leg||Second leg|
|First qualifying round||22 June 2015, 13:00 & 14:30||2 July 2015||9 July 2015|
|Second qualifying round||16 July 2015||23 July 2015|
|Third qualifying round||17 July 2015, 13:00||30 July 2015||6 August 2015|
|Play-off round||7 August 2015, 13:00||20 August 2015||27 August 2015|
Matches could also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.
In the qualifying phase and play-off round, each tie was played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that scored more goals on aggregate over the two legs advanced to the next round. If the aggregate score was level, the away goals rule was applied, i.e., the team that scored more goals away from home over the two legs advanced. If away goals were also equal, then thirty minutes of extra time was played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. The away goals rule was again applied after extra time, i.e., if there were goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score was still level, the visiting team advanced by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals were scored during extra time, the tie was decided by penalty shoot-out.
In the draws for each round, teams were seeded based on their UEFA club coefficients at the beginning of the season, with the teams divided into seeded and unseeded pots. A seeded team was drawn against an unseeded team, with the order of legs in each tie decided by draw. Due to the limited time between matches, the draws for the second and third qualifying rounds took place before the results of the previous round were known. For these draws (or in any cases where the result of a tie in the previous round was not known at the time of the draw), the seeding was carried out under the assumption that the team with the higher coefficient of an undecided tie advanced to this round, which means if the team with the lower coefficient was to advance, it simply took the seeding of its defeated opponent. Prior to the draws, UEFA formed "groups" in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, but they were purely for convenience of the draw and for ensuring that teams from the same association were not drawn against each other, and did not resemble any real groupings in the sense of the competition.
A total of 157 teams were involved in the qualifying phase and play-off round (including the 15 losers of the Champions League third qualifying round which entered the play-off round). The 22 winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the 16 teams which entered in the group stage and the 10 losers of the Champions League play-off round.
|Key to colours|
|Winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage|
First qualifying roundEdit
A total of 102 teams played in the first qualifying round. The draw was held on 22 June 2015. (Note: The numbers for each team were pre-assigned by UEFA so that the draw could be held in one run for all groups with ten teams and another run for the group with twelve teams.)
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3|
|Group 4||Group 5||Group 6|
|Group 7||Group 8||Group 9|
The first legs were played on 30 June and 2 July, and the second legs were played on 7 and 9 July 2015.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Alashkert||2–2 (a)||St Johnstone||1–0||1–2|
|Jelgava||3–3 (a)||Litex Lovech||1–1||2–2|
|Olimpic||1–1 (a)||Spartak Trnava||1–1||0–0|
|West Ham United||4–0[A]||Lusitanos||3–0||1–0|
|Differdange 03||4–3||Bala Town||3–1||1–2|
|Skonto||4–1||St Patrick's Athletic||2–1||2–0|
|Atlantas||1–5||Beroe Stara Zagora||0–2||1–3|
|Sillamäe Kalev||3–7||Hajduk Split||1–1||2–6|
|Budućnost Podgorica||1–3[A]||Spartaks Jūrmala||1–3||0–0|
|Red Star Belgrade||1–4||Kairat||0–2||1–2|
|Progrès Niederkorn||0–3||Shamrock Rovers||0–0||0–3|
|Kruoja Pakruojis||0–9||Jagiellonia Białystok||0–1||0–8|
|Cork City||2–3||KR||1–1||1–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Go Ahead Eagles||2–5||Ferencváros||1–1||1–4|
|Laçi||1–1 (a)||Inter Baku||1–1||0–0|
|UCD||2–2 (a)||F91 Dudelange||1–0||1–2|
|Neftchi Baku||3–3 (a)[A]||Mladost Podgorica||2–2||1–1|
|Airbus UK Broughton||3–5||Lokomotiva||1–3||2–2|
|Europa FC||0–9||Slovan Bratislava||0–6||0–3|
- Order of legs reversed after original draw.
|Report||Kristinsson 51', 76'|
Koper won 3–2 on aggregate.
Odd won 3–0 on aggregate.
Kukësi won 2–0 on aggregate.
2–2 on aggregate. Alashkert won on away goals.
|Malašenoks 83'||Report||Bozhikov 50'|
|Johnsen 25', 56'||Report||Ošs 11'
3–3 on aggregate. Jelgava won on away goals.
|Fidjeu 46'||Report||Oswell 7'
Newtown won 4–2 on aggregate.
Gabala won 3–2 on aggregate.
Dacia Chișinău won 5–1 on aggregate.
1–1 on aggregate. Spartak Trnava won on away goals.
|West Ham United||3–0||Lusitanos|
|Sakho 40', 45+2'
|Lusitanos||0–1||West Ham United|
West Ham United won 4–0 on aggregate.
Shakhtyor Soligorsk won 5–1 on aggregate.
|Differdange 03||3–1||Bala Town|
|Er Rafik 4'
|Bala Town||2–1||Differdange 03|
|Report||Er Rafik 90+5'|
Differdange 03 won 4–3 on aggregate.
|Kirovski 84'||Report||McGinn 79'|
1–1 on aggregate. Aberdeen won on away goals.
|Report||Søderlund 82', 90+2'|
Rosenborg won 2–0 on aggregate.
|K. F. Finnbogason 90+1'||Report|
FH won 2–0 on aggregate.
Linfield won 5–4 on aggregate.
|Elmander 6', 16'
da Silva 14'
Rashani 55', 87'
Brøndby won 11–0 on aggregate.
Vojvodina won 3–1 on aggregate.
|Skonto||2–1||St Patrick's Athletic|
|St Patrick's Athletic||0–2||Skonto|
Karašausks 59' (pen.)
Skonto won 4–1 on aggregate.
Claesson 21' (pen.)
Elfsborg won 7–2 on aggregate.
|Atlantas||0–2||Beroe Stara Zagora|
|Beroe Stara Zagora||3–1||Atlantas|
|Delev 7', 45', 67'||Report||Vėževičius 65'|
Beroe Stara Zagora won 5–1 on aggregate.
Božović 81' (pen.)
Debrecen won 3–2 on aggregate.
Beitar Jerusalem won 2–1 on aggregate.
|Report||Bajić 4' (pen.), 13'|
|D. Sadiković 68'||Report|
Željezničar won 3–0 on aggregate.
|Sillamäe Kalev||1–1||Hajduk Split|
|Silich 40'||Report||Caktaš 6' (pen.)|
|Hajduk Split||6–2||Sillamäe Kalev|
Ohandza 56', 63'
|Report||Russo 36', 41'|
Hajduk Split won 7–3 on aggregate.
|Budućnost Podgorica||1–3||Spartaks Jūrmala|
|Raičević 6'||Report||Bulvītis 22', 74' (pen.)
|Spartaks Jūrmala||0–0||Budućnost Podgorica|
Spartaks Jūrmala won 3–1 on aggregate.
|Red Star Belgrade||0–2||Kairat|
|Kairat||2–1||Red Star Belgrade|
|Report||Savićević 85' (pen.)|
Kairat won 4–1 on aggregate.
Rabotnički won 2–1 on aggregate.
Randers won 4–0 on aggregate.
|Report||João Pedro 33'
Apollon Limassol won 4–0 on aggregate.
|Progrès Niederkorn||0–0||Shamrock Rovers|
|Shamrock Rovers||3–0||Progrès Niederkorn|
Waters 41', 57'
Shamrock Rovers won 3–0 on aggregate.
Nõmme Kalju won 1–0 on aggregate.
Omonia won 2–1 on aggregate.
|Kruoja Pakruojis||0–1||Jagiellonia Białystok|
|Jagiellonia Białystok||8–0||Kruoja Pakruojis|
Tuszyński 18', 45+1', 49'
Frankowski 64', 75', 80'
Jagiellonia Białystok won 9–0 on aggregate.
|Bougouhi 18', 67'||Report|
|Mešanović 80' (pen.)
Shirak won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Bennett 19'||Report||Hauksson 28'|
|KR||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Cork City|
KR won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Go Ahead Eagles||1–1||Ferencváros|
|Vriends 45+2'||Report||Gera 3'|
|Ferencváros||4–1||Go Ahead Eagles|
Ferencváros won 5–2 on aggregate.
|Hanssen 90'||Report||Arshakyan 30', 90+3' (pen.)
Bychanok 83' (pen.)
Trakai won 7–1 on aggregate.
|Meto 20'||Report||Kvekveskiri 47'|
1–1 on aggregate. Inter Baku won on away goals.
|Report||Bahoui 70', 83' (pen.)|
|Goitom 14', 59'
AIK won 6–2 on aggregate.
2–2 on aggregate. UCD won on away goals.
|Report||Matić 43' (pen.)|
Čukarički won 1–0 on aggregate.
|McMenamin 66'||Report||Jelić 13'
Kane 81' (o.g.)
|Jelić 44', 55', 66'||Report|
Žilina won 7–1 on aggregate.
|Vilsvik 21', 73'
Strømsgodset won 4–1 on aggregate.
|Neftchi Baku||2–2||Mladost Podgorica|
|K. Gurbanov 36'
A. Abdullayev 55'
|Mladost Podgorica||1–1||Neftchi Baku|
|Vuković 90+1'||Report||A. Abdullayev 71'|
3–3 on aggregate. Mladost Podgorica won on away goals.
Kiełb 56', 90'
Śląsk Wrocław won 4–1 on aggregate.
|Kamber 25', 33'
Vaduz won 10–1 on aggregate.
|Morozov 71'||Report||Miccoli 21'
Fenech 80' (pen.)
Birkirkara won 3–1 on aggregate.
|Airbus UK Broughton||1–3||Lokomotiva|
|Riley 28'||Report||Šovšić 48'
|Lokomotiva||2–2||Airbus UK Broughton|
A. Jones 75'
Lokomotiva won 5–3 on aggregate.
|Ivanovici 21'||Report||Katcharava 46'|
|Kilasonia 65' (pen.)||Report||Roman 6', 59'
Botoșani won 4–2 on aggregate.
|Europa FC||0–6||Slovan Bratislava|
|Report||Mészáros 5', 26', 31'
|Slovan Bratislava||3–0||Europa FC|
Vittek 67' (pen.)
Slovan Bratislava won 9–0 on aggregate.
Second qualifying roundEdit
A total of 66 teams played in the second qualifying round: 15 teams which entered in this round, and the 51 winners of the first qualifying round. The draw was held on 22 June 2015. (Note: The numbers for each team were pre-assigned by UEFA so that the draw could be held in one run for all groups with 10 teams and another run for all groups with 12 teams.)
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3|
|Group 4||Group 5||Group 6|