The 2016–17 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round began on 28 June and ended on 25 August 2016. A total of 154 teams competed in the qualifying phase and play-off round to decide 22 of the 48 places in the group stage of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.
Round and draw datesEdit
The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).
|Round||Draw date and time||First leg||Second leg|
|First qualifying round||20 June 2016, 13:00||30 June 2016||7 July 2016|
|Second qualifying round||20 June 2016, 14:30||14 July 2016||21 July 2016|
|Third qualifying round||15 July 2016, 13:00||28 July 2016||4 August 2016|
|Play-off round||5 August 2016, 13:00||18 August 2016||25 August 2016|
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 would be 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 would be played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. The away goals rule would be 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 would be 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 may form "groups" in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, but they are purely for convenience of the draw and for ensuring that teams from the same association are not drawn against each other, and do not resemble any real groupings in the sense of the competition.
A total of 154 teams were involved in the qualifying phase and play-off round (including the 15 losers of the Champions League third qualifying round which enter the play-off round). The 22 winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the 16 teams which enter in the group stage and the 10 losers of the Champions League play-off round.
Below are the participating teams (with their 2016 UEFA club coefficients), grouped by their starting rounds.
|Key to colours|
|Winners of the play-off round advance to the group stage|
- CL-CR Losers of the Champions League third qualifying round (Champions Route).
- CL-LR Losers of the Champions League third qualifying round (League Route).
- * Partizani were transferred to the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round to replace Skënderbeu who were excluded by UEFA for match-fixing.
First qualifying roundEdit
A total of 96 teams played in the first qualifying round. The draw was held on 20 June 2016. (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 groups with eight teams.)
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3|
Víkingur Gøta (6)
Dinamo Minsk (3)
Fola Esch (10)
|Group 4||Group 5||Group 6|
AEK Larnaca (1)
|Group 7||Group 8||Group 9|
Neftçi Baku (4)
Rudar Pljevlja (10)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (4)
Slovan Bratislava (4)
The first legs were played on 28 and 30 June, and the second legs were played on 5, 6 and 7 July 2016.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Heart of Midlothian||6–3[A]||Infonet Tallinn||2–1||4–2|
|Connah's Quay Nomads||1–0[A]||Stabæk||0–0||1–0|
|St Patrick's Athletic||2–2 (a)||Jeunesse Esch||1–0||1–2|
|Dinamo Minsk||4–1||Spartaks Jūrmala||2–1||2–0|
|NSÍ Runavík||0–7||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||0–2||0–5|
|Dila Gori||1–1 (1–4 p)||Shirak||1–0||0–1 (a.e.t.)|
|UE Santa Coloma||2–7||Lokomotiva||1–3||1–4|
|Zimbru Chișinău||3–3 (a)||Chikhura Sachkhere||0–1||3–2|
|Sloboda Tuzla||0–1||Beitar Jerusalem||0–0||0–1|
|Admira Wacker Mödling||4–3||Spartak Myjava||1–1||3–2|
|Beroe Stara Zagora||2–0||Radnik Bijeljina||0–0||2–0|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||4–0||Gorica||3–0||1–0|
|Slavia Sofia||1–3||Zagłębie Lubin||1–0||0–3|
- ^ a b c d e Order of legs reversed after original draw.
- ^ Partizani replaced Skënderbeu in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round and Slovan Bratislava proceeded directly to the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, after Skënderbeu was excluded by UEFA for match-fixing.
Midtjylland won 2–0 on aggregate.
|Heart of Midlothian||2–1||Infonet Tallinn|
|Infonet Tallinn||2–4||Heart of Midlothian|
Heart of Midlothian won 6–3 on aggregate.
|Connah's Quay Nomads||0–0||Stabæk|
|Stabæk||0–1||Connah's Quay Nomads|
Connah's Quay Nomads won 1–0 on aggregate.
|Karlsons 5', 37'||Report|
Ventspils won 4–0 on aggregate.
|Report||Maguire 63' (pen.)|
|Maguire 49' (pen.)||Report||Stafford 52'|
Cork City won 2–1 on aggregate.
|Marin 65'||Report||Manga 21' (o.g.)|
Levadia Tallinn won 3–1 on aggregate.
|Report||Morelos 53', 85'|
|Taiwo 30' (pen.)||Report||Papšys 76'|
HJK won 3–1 on aggregate.
IFK Göteborg won 7–1 on aggregate.
|St Patrick's Athletic||1–0||Jeunesse Esch|
|Jeunesse Esch||2–1||St Patrick's Athletic|
|Stumpf 22', 87'||Report||D. Dennehy 73'|
2–2 on aggregate. St Patrick's Athletic won on away goals.
KR won 8–1 on aggregate.
|Muinonen 27'||Report||McCabe 22' (pen.)|
RoPS won 3–1 on aggregate.
Brøndby won 10–1 on aggregate.
Aberdeen won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Report||Wakui 6' (pen.)|
Nõmme Kalju won 5–3 on aggregate.
|Dinamo Minsk||2–1||Spartaks Jūrmala|
|Bykov 18', 82'||Report||Ulimbaševs 80'|
|Spartaks Jūrmala||0–2||Dinamo Minsk|
Dinamo Minsk won 4–1 on aggregate.
Jelgava won 5–4 on aggregate.
Shakhtyor Soligorsk won 7–0 on aggregate.
AIK won 4–0 on aggregate.
|Er Rafik 38'||Report||Lavery 89'|
Cliftonville won 3–1 on aggregate.
|Mantilla 4'||Report||Bentley 78'|
Odd won 3–1 on aggregate.
Domžale won 5–2 on aggregate.
|Đenić 5'||Report||Meleg 6'|
Vojvodina won 6–1 on aggregate.
AEK Larnaca won 6–1 on aggregate.
|Shirak||1–0 (a.e.t.)||Dila Gori|
1–1 on aggregate. Shirak won 4–1 on penalties.
|Baraban 45'||Report||Attard 15'|
Birkirkara won 3–1 on aggregate.
Videoton won 3–2 on aggregate.
|UE Santa Coloma||1–3||Lokomotiva|
|Lokomotiva||4–1||UE Santa Coloma|
Lokomotiva won 7–2 on aggregate.
Europa won 3–2 on aggregate.
Čukarički won 6–3 on aggregate.
|Elmas 80'||Report||Janketić 36'|
|Radunović 18' (pen.)||Report|
Budućnost Podgorica won 2–1 on aggregate.
|Zimbru Chișinău||0–1||Chikhura Sachkhere|
|Chikhura Sachkhere||2–3||Zimbru Chișinău|
3–3 on aggregate. Zimbru Chișinău won on away goals.
|Sloboda Tuzla||0–0||Beitar Jerusalem|
|Beitar Jerusalem||1–0||Sloboda Tuzla|
|Atzili 66' (pen.)||Report|
Beitar Jerusalem won 1–0 on aggregate.
|Rangel 32'||Report||Radanović 71' (pen.)|
Kukësi won 2–1 on aggregate.
|Jairo 20'||Report||Micallef 51', 67'|
Neftçi Baku won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Admira Wacker Mödling||1–1||Spartak Myjava|
|Bajrami 34'||Report||Kóňa 73'|
|Spartak Myjava||2–3||Admira Wacker Mödling|
Admira Wacker Mödling won 4–3 on aggregate.
|Beroe Stara Zagora||0–0||Radnik Bijeljina|
|Radnik Bijeljina||0–2||Beroe Stara Zagora|
|Report||Pochanski 79', 80'|
Beroe Stara Zagora won 2–0 on aggregate.
Debrecen won 7–0 on aggregate.
Vaduz won 5–2 on aggregate.
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||3–0||Gorica|
|Gorica||0–1||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
Maccabi Tel Aviv won 4–0 on aggregate.
Gabala won 6–3 on aggregate.
Kairat won 6–0 on aggregate.
Spartak Trnava won 6–0 on aggregate.
Omonia won 5–1 on aggregate.
|Demiri 68' (o.g.)||Report|
Shkëndija won 4–1 on aggregate.
|Slavia Sofia||1–0||Zagłębie Lubin|
|Zagłębie Lubin||3–0||Slavia Sofia|
Zagłębie Lubin won 3–1 on aggregate.
|Zhalmukan 44' (pen.)||Report||Torghelle 30'|
MTK Budapest won 3–1 on aggregate.
Partizani replaced Skënderbeu in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round and Slovan Bratislava proceeded directly to the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, after Skënderbeu was excluded by UEFA for match-fixing.
Kapaz won 1–0 on aggregate.
Second qualifying roundEdit
A total of 66 teams played in the second qualifying round: 18 teams which entered in this round, and the 48 winners of the first qualifying round. The draw was held on 20 June 2016. (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 groups with twelve teams.)
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3|
Austria Wien (5)
|Group 4||Group 5||Group 6|
Maccabi Tel Aviv[†] (4)
Budućnost Podgorica[†] (8)
- † Winners of the first qualifying round whose identity was not known at the time of the draw. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient in the first qualifying round, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their defeated opponent in the draw for the second qualifying round.
The first legs were played on 14 July, and the second legs were played on 20 and 21 July 2016.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Dinamo Minsk||2–1||St Patrick's Athletic||1–1||1–0|
|Partizan||0–0 (3–4 p)||Zagłębie Lubin||0–0||0–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Vojvodina||3–1||Connah's Quay Nomads||1–0||2–1|
|Maccabi Haifa||2–2 (3–5 p)[C]||Nõmme Kalju||1–1||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
|Hibernian||1–1 (3–5 p)||Brøndby||0–1||1–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Beroe Stara Zagora||1–2||HJK||1–1||0–1|
|PAS Giannina||4–3||Odd||3–0||1–3 (a.e.t.)|
|Birkirkara||2–1||Heart of Midlothian||0–0||2–1|
|Maribor||1–1 (a)||Levski Sofia||0–0||1–1|
|Piast Gliwice||0–3||IFK Göteborg||0–3||0–0|
|Beitar Jerusalem||3–3 (a)||Omonia||1–0||2–3|
|Admira Wacker Mödling||3–0||Kapaz||1–0||2–0|
|BK Häcken||1–2||Cork City||1–1||0–1|
|Kairat||2–3||Maccabi Tel Aviv||1–1||1–2|
|CSM Politehnica Iași||3–4||Hajduk Split||2–2||1–2|
|Levadia Tallinn||3–3 (a)||Slavia Prague||3–1||0–2|
|Genk||2–2 (4–2 p)||Budućnost Podgorica||2–0||0–2 (a.e.t.)|
Spartak Trnava won 3–1 on aggregate.
|Dinamo Minsk||1–1||St Patrick's Athletic|
|Karytska 25'||Report||Fagan 54'|
|St Patrick's Athletic||0–1||Dinamo Minsk|
Dinamo Minsk won 2–1 on aggregate.
|Zagłębie Lubin||0–0 (a.e.t.)||Partizan|
0–0 on aggregate. Zagłębie Lubin won 4–3 on penalties.
|Vojvodina||1–0||Connah's Quay Nomads|
|Connah's Quay Nomads||1–2||Vojvodina|
|Wilde 65'||Report||Meleg 8', 49' (pen.)|
Vojvodina won 3–1 on aggregate.
|Maccabi Haifa||1–1||Nõmme Kalju|
|Vermouth 70'||Report||Toomet 47'|
|Nõmme Kalju||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Maccabi Haifa|
|Neemelo 90'||Report||Rukavytsya 34' (pen.)|
2–2 on aggregate. Nõmme Kalju won 5–3 on penalties.
1–1 on aggregate. Brøndby won 5–3 on penalties.
|Ignjatijević 35'||Report||Trajkovski 52'|
Domžale won 3–2 on aggregate.
Austria Wien won 5–1 on aggregate.
Gabala won 4–1 on aggregate.
|Beroe Stara Zagora||1–1||HJK|
|Penev 49'||Report||Morelos 38'|
|HJK||1–0||Beroe Stara Zagora|
HJK won 2–1 on aggregate.
|Prenga 87' (o.g.)||Report||Jammeh 73' (o.g.)|
Lokomotiva won 4–1 on aggregate.
Shkëndija won 1–0 on aggregate.
|Sigurjónsson 45', 68'||Report||Andersen 52'|
Grasshopper won 5–4 on aggregate.
|Report||Sisto 41', 68'|
Midtjylland won 5–2 on aggregate.
Osmanlıspor won 7–2 on aggregate.
|Odd||3–1 (a.e.t.)||PAS Giannina|
PAS Giannina won 4–3 on aggregate.
|Birkirkara||0–0||Heart of Midlothian|
|Heart of Midlothian||1–2||Birkirkara|
Birkirkara won 2–1 on aggregate.
|Narh 22'||Report||Tavares 68'|
1–1 on aggregate. Maribor won on away goals.
|Piast Gliwice||0–3||IFK Göteborg|
|IFK Göteborg||0–0||Piast Gliwice|
IFK Göteborg won 3–0 on aggregate.