2019–20 UEFA Europa League

The 2019–20 UEFA Europa League is 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.

2019–20 UEFA Europa League
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The RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
27 June – 29 August 2019
Competition proper:
19 September 2019 – 21 August 2020
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total: 158+55 (from 55 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played182
Goals scored509 (2.8 per match)
Attendance4,069,102 (22,358 per match)
Top scorer(s)Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Višća
Colombia Alfredo Morelos
Japan Daichi Kamada
Portugal Bruno Fernandes
Portugal Diogo Jota
Slovenia Andraž Šporar
(6 goals each)
All statistics correct as of 12 March 2020.

The final will be played at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany. 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 2019–20 Ligue 1 (Rennes), the 5th-ranked association according to next season's access list.

The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used in the competition from the knockout stage onwards.[1]

As the title holders of the Europa League, Chelsea qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, although they had already qualified before the final through their league performance. They are unable to defend their title as they advanced to the Champions League knockout stage.

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

Due to the varying rates of transmission of COVID-19 across European countries during the time of the Round of 16 first leg ties, different matches were affected in different ways. Because of this severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy at the time, the games involving Inter Milan and A.S. Roma were postponed,[2] whereas games hosted in Greece, Germany, and Austria went ahead but behind closed doors.[3] Games hosted in Turkey and Scotland went ahead as normal. On 15 March, UEFA announced that none of the Round of 16 second leg ties would go ahead in the following week, postponing them indefinitely,[4] with a taskforce convened to reschedule the rest of the season.[5] On 23 March, it was announced that the Stadion Energa Gdańsk in Gdańsk, Poland would no longer host the competition Final, originally scheduled for 27 May, but would host the 2021 Final instead.[6]

On 17 June it was announced that the Europa League would return on 5 August and conclude on 21 August,[7] with a last-eight tournament to be held across four venues in Germany.[8] The remainder of the competition would be played in a mini-tournament style with remaining fixture to be played as single legged ties except for the Round of 16 fixtures where the first leg had already been played.[9] All remaining ties of the competition will be played behind closed doors due to the remaining presence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[10]

Final tournament venuesEdit

Cologne Duisburg
RheinEnergieStadion
(Venue of Final)
MSV-Arena
Capacity: 49,698 Capacity: 31,514
   
Düsseldorf Gelsenkirchen
Merkur Spiel-Arena Arena AufSchalke
Capacity: 54,600 Capacity: 62,271
   

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 213 teams from all 55 UEFA member associations 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:[11]

  • 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).[12]
  • Moreover, 55 teams eliminated from the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League (default number[clarification needed] is 57, but 2 fewer teams compete in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League).

Association rankingEdit

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.[13]

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

DistributionEdit

The following is the access list for this season.[14]

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
(14 teams)
  • 4 domestic cup winners from associations 52–55
  • 6 domestic league runners-up from associations 49–54
  • 4 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 48–51
First qualifying round
(94 teams)
  • 26 domestic cup winners from associations 26–51
  • 30 domestic league runners-up from associations 18–48 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 31 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–47 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 7 winners from preliminary round
Second qualifying round Champions Path
(19 teams)
  • 16 losers from Champions League first qualifying round
  • 3 losers from Champions League preliminary round
Main Path
(74 teams)
  • 7 domestic cup winners from associations 19–25
  • 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)
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 13–18
  • 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)
  • 2 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 are made to the default access list, 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 are promoted accordingly.

  • In the default access list, originally 17 losers from the Champions League first qualifying round are transferred to the Europa League second qualifying round (Champions Path). However, since the Champions League title holders (Liverpool) qualified for the Champions League group stage via their domestic league, only 16 losers from the Champions League first qualifying round were transferred to the Europa League second qualifying round (Champions Path). As a result, only 19 teams entered the Champions Path second qualifying round (one of the losers from the Champions League first qualifying round would be drawn to receive a bye to the third qualifying round).
  • In the default access list, originally three losers from the Champions League second qualifying round (League Path) are transferred to the Europa League third qualifying round (Main Path). However, since the Europa League title holders (Chelsea) qualified for the Champions League group stage via their domestic league, only two losers from the Champions League second qualifying round (League Path) were transferred to the Europa League third qualifying round (Main Path). As a result, the following changes to the access list were made:
    • The cup winners of association 18 (Israel) entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.
    • The cup winners of association 25 (Serbia) entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round.
    • The cup winners of associations 50 and 51 (Wales and Faroe Islands) entered the first qualifying round instead of the preliminary round.

Redistribution rulesEdit

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.

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[14]

  • 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 (F: final; SF: semi-finals)
Qualified teams for 2019–20 UEFA Europa League (by entry round)
Round of 32
  Club Brugge (UCL GS)   Shakhtar Donetsk (UCL GS)   Red Bull Salzburg (UCL GS)   Benfica (UCL GS)
  Olympiacos (UCL GS)   Bayer Leverkusen (UCL GS)   Inter Milan (UCL GS)   Ajax (UCL GS)
Group stage
  Getafe (5th)   VfL Wolfsburg (6th)   Beşiktaş (3rd)   Krasnodar (UCL PO)
  Sevilla (6th)   Rennes (CW)   Wolfsberg (3rd)   LASK (UCL PO)
  Arsenal (5th)   Saint-Étienne (4th)   Lugano (3rd)   Porto (UCL Q3)
  Manchester United (6th)   CSKA Moscow (4th)   Young Boys (UCL PO)   Dynamo Kyiv (UCL Q3)
  Lazio (CW)   Sporting CP (CW)   APOEL (UCL PO)   İstanbul Başakşehir (UCL Q3)
  Roma (6th)[Note ITA]   Oleksandriya (3rd)   CFR Cluj (UCL PO)   Basel (UCL Q3)
  Borussia Mönchengladbach (5th)   Standard Liège (3rd)[Note BEL]   Rosenborg (UCL PO)
Play-off round
Champions Path Main Path
  PAOK (UCL Q3)   Celtic (UCL Q3)
  Copenhagen (UCL Q3)   Maribor (UCL Q3)
  Qarabağ (UCL Q3)   Ferencváros (UCL Q3)
Third qualifying round
Champions Path Main Path
  Maccabi Tel Aviv (UCL Q2)   Nõmme Kalju (UCL Q2)   Spartak Moscow (5th)   Feyenoord (3rd)
  AIK (UCL Q2)   Sutjeska Nikšić (UCL Q2)   Braga (4th)   AEK Athens (3rd)
  BATE Borisov (UCL Q2)   Saburtalo Tbilisi (UCL Q2)   Mariupol (4th)   Rijeka (CW)
  HJK (UCL Q2)   Valletta (UCL Q2)   Antwerp (PW)[Note BEL]   Midtjylland (CW)
  Dundalk (UCL Q2)   The New Saints (UCL Q2)   Trabzonspor (4th)   Bnei Yehuda (CW)
  Sarajevo (UCL Q1)[Note UCL Q1]   Austria Wien (4th)   Viktoria Plzeň (UCL Q2)
  Thun (4th)   PSV Eindhoven (UCL Q2)
  Sparta Prague (3rd)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path Main Path
  Piast Gliwice (UCL Q1)   Sūduva (UCL Q1)   Espanyol (7th)   AZ (4th)
  Ludogorets Razgrad (UCL Q1)   Ararat-Armenia (UCL Q1)   Wolverhampton Wanderers (7th)   FC Utrecht (PW)
  Astana (UCL Q1)   F91 Dudelange (UCL Q1)   Torino (7th)[Note ITA]   Atromitos (4th)
  Slovan Bratislava (UCL Q1)   Linfield (UCL Q1)   Eintracht Frankfurt (7th)   Aris (5th)
  Sheriff Tiraspol (UCL Q1)   HB Tórshavn (UCL Q1)   Strasbourg (LC)   Osijek (3rd)
  Partizani (UCL Q1)   Feronikeli (UCL Q1)   Arsenal Tula (6th)   Esbjerg (3rd)
  Valur (UCL Q1)   FC Santa Coloma (UCL PR F)   Vitória de Guimarães (5th)   AEL Limassol (CW)
  Shkëndija (UCL Q1)   Lincoln Red Imps (UCL PR SF)   Zorya Luhansk (5th)   Viitorul Constanța (CW)
  Riga (UCL Q1)   Tre Penne (UCL PR SF)   Gent (5th)[Note BEL]   Lechia Gdańsk (CW)
  Yeni Malatyaspor (5th)   BK Häcken (CW)
  Sturm Graz (PW)   Gabala (CW)
  Luzern (5th)   Lokomotiv Plovdiv (CW)
  Jablonec (4th)   Partizan (CW)
  Mladá Boleslav (PW)
First qualifying round
  Hajduk Split (4th)   Dinamo Minsk (3rd)   Breiðablik (2nd)   Flora (3rd)
  Brøndby (PW)   Vitebsk (4th)   KR (4th)   Žalgiris (CW)
  Maccabi Haifa (2nd)   Kairat (CW)   Fehérvár (CW)   Riteriai (3rd)
  Hapoel Be'er Sheva (3rd)   Tobol (3rd)   Debrecen (3rd)   Kauno Žalgiris (5th)[Note LTU]
  AEK Larnaca (2nd)   Ordabasy (4th)   Honvéd (4th)   Budućnost Podgorica (CW)
  Apollon Limassol (3rd)   Molde (2nd)   Akademija Pandev (CW)   Zeta (3rd)
  FCSB (2nd)   Brann (3rd)   Shkupi (4th)   Titograd (4th)
  Universitatea Craiova (4th)   Haugesund (4th)   Makedonija GP (5th)[Note MKD]   Torpedo Kutaisi (CW)
  Legia Warsaw (2nd)   Olimpija Ljubljana (CW)   Inter Turku (CW)   Dinamo Tbilisi (2nd)
  Cracovia (4th)   Domžale (3rd)   RoPS (2nd)   Chikhura Sachkhere (4th)
  IFK Norrköping (2nd)   Mura (4th)   KuPS (3rd)   Alashkert (CW)
  Malmö FF (3rd)   Vaduz (CW)   Cork City (2nd)   Pyunik (2nd)
  Neftçi Baku (2nd)   Spartak Trnava (CW)   Shamrock Rovers (3rd)   Banants (3rd)
  Sabail (3rd)   DAC Dunajská Streda (2nd)   St Patrick's Athletic (5th)[Note IRL]   Balzan (CW)
  CSKA Sofia (2nd)   Ružomberok (3rd)   Zrinjski Mostar (2nd)   Hibernians (2nd)
  Levski Sofia (PW)   Milsami Orhei (2nd)   Široki Brijeg (3rd)   Gżira United (3rd)
  Radnički Niš (2nd)   Petrocub Hîncești (3rd)   Radnik Bijeljina (5th)[Note BIH]   Fola Esch (2nd)
  Čukarički (4th)   Speranța Nisporeni (4th)   Ventspils (2nd)   Jeunesse Esch (3rd)
  Rangers (2nd)   Kukësi (CW)   RFS (3rd)   Crusaders (CW)
  Kilmarnock (3rd)   Teuta (3rd)   Liepāja (4th)   Connah's Quay Nomads (2nd)
  Aberdeen (4th)   Laçi (6th)[Note ALB]   Narva Trans (CW)   B36 Tórshavn (CW)
  Shakhtyor Soligorsk (CW)   Stjarnan (CW)   FCI Levadia (2nd)
Preliminary round
  Progrès Niederkorn (4th)   Cardiff Metropolitan University (PW)   St Joseph's (3rd)   La Fiorita (2nd)
  Ballymena United (2nd)   NSÍ Runavík (2nd)   Engordany (CW)   Prishtina (2nd)
  Cliftonville (PW)   KÍ Klaksvík (4th)   Sant Julià (2nd)
  Barry Town United (3rd)   Europa (CW)   Tre Fiori (CW)

One team not playing a national top division took part in the competition; Vaduz (representing Liechtenstein) played in 2019–20 Swiss Challenge League, which is Switzerland's 2nd tier.

Notes
  1. ^
    Albania (ALB): Skënderbeu would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2018–19 Albanian Superliga, but were banned from entering UEFA competitions.[15] As a result, the berth was given to the sixth-placed team of the league, Laçi, since the fifth-placed team of the league, Flamurtari, failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[16]
  2. ^
    Belgium (BEL): Mechelen would have qualified for the Europa League group stage as the winners of the 2018–19 Belgian Cup, but were found guilty on match-fixing as part of the 2017–19 Belgian football fraud scandal, and thus prohibited by the Royal Belgian Football Association to take part in the 2019–20 European competitions. Mechelen appealed the decision,[17] but the final ruling was announced on 17 July 2019 by the Belgian Arbitration Court for Sports, and Mechelen remained banned,[18] and were subsequently replaced by UEFA.[19] As a result, the third-placed team of the 2018–19 Belgian First Division A, Standard Liège, entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round, the Europa League play-off winners of the league, Antwerp, entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Gent.[20]
  3. ^
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH): Željezničar would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the fourth placed team of the 2018–19 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[21] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Radnik Bijeljina.
  4. ^
    Italy (ITA): Milan qualified for the Europa League group stage as the fifth-placed of the 2018–19 Serie A, but were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play rules and were excluded from competing in European competitions in 2019–20.[22] As a result, the sixth-placed team of the 2018–19 Serie A, Roma, entered the group stage instead of the second qualifying round, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the seventh-placed team of the league, Torino.
  5. ^
    Lithuania (LTU): Stumbras would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the fourth placed team of the 2018 A Lyga, but had their UEFA licence stripped.[23] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Kauno Žalgiris.[24]
  6. ^
    North Macedonia (MKD): Vardar would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the runners-up of the 2018–19 Macedonian First Football League, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[25] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Makedonija GP.
  7. ^
    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.[26] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, St Patrick's Athletic.
  8. ^
    Champions League (UCL Q1): Sarajevo were drawn to receive a bye to the third qualifying round, as one fewer loser from the Champions League first qualifying round were transferred to the Europa League second qualifying round (Champions Path), due to a Champions League group stage berth vacated by the Champions League title holders.

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[27] Matches may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

The competition was suspended on 17 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[28] A working group was set up by UEFA to decide the calendar of the remainder of the season.[5] On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced the revised schedule for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the competition, to be played in single-leg matches.[29]

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 11 July 2019 18 July 2019
Second qualifying round 19 June 2019 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[a] 28 February 2020 12 March 2020 5–6 August 2020[b]
Quarter-finals 10 July 2020[c] 10–11 August 2020[d]
Semi-finals 16–17 August 2020[e]
Final 21 August 2020 at RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne[f]
  1. ^ The two round of 16 ties which did not play their first leg will be played on 5–6 August 2020.
  2. ^ Round of 16 second legs originally scheduled for 19 March 2020
  3. ^ Quarter-final, semi-final and final draws originally scheduled for 20 March 2020
  4. ^ Quarter-final first legs originally scheduled for 9 April, and second legs 16 April 2020
  5. ^ Semi-final first legs originally scheduled for 30 April, and second legs 7 May 2020
  6. ^ Final originally scheduled for 27 May 2020

Preliminary roundEdit

In the preliminary round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[30] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 11 June 2019.[31] The first legs were played on 27 June, and the second legs on 2 and 4 July 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Progrès Niederkorn   2–2 (a)   Cardiff Metropolitan University 1–0 1–2
La Fiorita   1–3   Engordany 0–1 1–2
Sant Julià   3–6   Europa 3–2 0–4
Ballymena United   2–0   NSÍ Runavík 2–0 0–0
Prishtina   1–3   St Joseph's 1–1 0–2
KÍ Klaksvík   9–1[A]   Tre Fiori 5–1 4–0
Barry Town United   0–4   Cliftonville 0–0 0–4

Notes

  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Qualifying roundsEdit

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[30] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

First qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 18 June 2019.[32] The first legs were played on 9, 10 and 11 July, and the second legs on 16, 17 and 18 July 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Malmö FF   11–0   Ballymena United 7–0 4–0
Connah's Quay Nomads   3–2   Kilmarnock 1–2 2–0
KuPS   3–1[A]   Vitebsk 2–0 1–1
Breiðablik   1–2   Vaduz 0–0 1–2
Brann   3–4   Shamrock Rovers 2–2 1–2
Ordabasy   3–0   Torpedo Kutaisi 1–0 2–0
Europa   0–3   Legia Warsaw 0–0 0–3
CSKA Sofia   4–0   Titograd 4–0 0–0
Gżira United   3–3 (a)   Hajduk Split 0–2 3–1
Flora   4–2[A]   Radnički Niš 2–0 2–2
Maccabi Haifa   5–2   Mura 2–0 3–2
Debrecen   4–1   Kukësi 3–0 1–1
Čukarički   8–0   Banants 3–0 5–0
Jeunesse Esch   1–1 (a)   Tobol 0–0 1–1
FCSB   4–1   Milsami Orhei 2–0 2–1
Crusaders   5–2   B36 Tórshavn 2–0 3–2
Brøndby   4–3[A]   Inter Turku 4–1 0–2
Molde   7–1   KR 7–1 0–0
St Joseph's   0–10   Rangers 0–4 0–6
Cork City   2–3   Progrès Niederkorn 0–2 2–1
Ružomberok   0–4[A]   Levski Sofia 0–2 0–2
Akademija Pandev   0–6   Zrinjski Mostar 0–3 0–3
Speranța Nisporeni   0–9[A]   Neftçi Baku 0–3 0–6
Zeta   1–5   Fehérvár 1–5 0–0
Shakhtyor Soligorsk   2–0   Hibernians 1–0 1–0
Olimpija Ljubljana   4–3   RFS 2–3 2–0
Honvéd   4–2   Žalgiris 3–1 1–1
Alashkert   6–1   Makedonija GP 3–1 3–0
Radnik Bijeljina   2–2 (2–3 p)   Spartak Trnava 2–0 0–2 (a.e.t.)
Fola Esch   2–4   Chikhura Sachkhere 1–2 1–2
Dinamo Tbilisi   7–0   Engordany 6–0 1–0
Široki Brijeg   2–4   Kairat 1–2 1–2
DAC Dunajská Streda   3–3 (a)[A]   Cracovia 1–1 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Kauno Žalgiris   0–6   Apollon Limassol 0–2 0–4
Ventspils   3–1   Teuta 3–0 0–1
Stjarnan   4–4 (a)   FCI Levadia 2–1 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Cliftonville   1–6   Haugesund 0–1 1–5
Riteriai   1–1 (a)   KÍ Klaksvík 1–1 0–0
Liepāja   3–2[A]   Dinamo Minsk 1–1 2–1
St Patrick's Athletic   1–4[A]   IFK Norrköping 0–2 1–2
Aberdeen   4–2   RoPS 2–1 2–1
Balzan   3–5[A]   Domžale 3–4 0–1
Laçi   1–2   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1 0–1
Narva Trans   1–6[A]   Budućnost Podgorica 0–2 1–4
Sabail   4–6   Universitatea Craiova 2–3 2–3
Pyunik   5–4   Shkupi 3–3 2–1
AEK Larnaca   2–0   Petrocub Hîncești 1–0 1–0

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying roundEdit

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

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2019.[33] The first legs were played on 23, 24 and 25 July, and the second legs on 30, 31 July and 1 August 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Sarajevo   Bye N/A N/A N/A
Tre Penne   0–10   Sūduva 0–5 0–5
Piast Gliwice   4–4 (a)   Riga 3–2 1–2
Partizani   1–2   Sheriff Tiraspol 0–1 1–1
Ararat-Armenia   4–1   Lincoln Red Imps 2–0 2–1
Valur   1–5   Ludogorets Razgrad 1–1 0–4
Slovan Bratislava   4–1   Feronikeli 2–1 2–0
FC Santa Coloma   1–4   Astana 0–0 1–4
HB Tórshavn   2–3   Linfield 2–2 0–1
Shkëndija   2–3   F91 Dudelange 1–2 1–1
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
IFK Norrköping   3–0   Liepāja 2–0 1–0
Hapoel Be'er Sheva   3–1   Kairat 2–0 1–1
Arsenal Tula   0–4   Neftçi Baku 0–1 0–3
Espanyol   7–1   Stjarnan 4–0 3–1
DAC Dunajská Streda   3–5   Atromitos 1–2 2–3
Haugesund   3–2   Sturm Graz 2–0 1–2
AEK Larnaca   7–0   Levski Sofia 3–0 4–0
Legia Warsaw   1–0   KuPS 1–0 0–0
FC Utrecht   2–3   Zrinjski Mostar 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Pyunik   2–1   Jablonec 2–1 0–0
Lechia Gdańsk   3–5   Brøndby 2–1 1–4 (a.e.t.)
Fehérvár   1–2   Vaduz 1–0 0–2 (a.e.t.)
Gabala   0–5   Dinamo Tbilisi 0–2 0–3
Yeni Malatyaspor   3–2   Olimpija Ljubljana 2–2 1–0
Flora   2–4   Eintracht Frankfurt 1–2 1–2
Domžale   4–5   Malmö FF 2–2 2–3
Molde   3–1   Čukarički 0–0 3–1
Chikhura Sachkhere   1–6[A]   Aberdeen 1–1 0–5
Gent   7–5   Viitorul Constanța 6–3 1–2
Budućnost Podgorica   1–4   Zorya Luhansk 1–3 0–1
CSKA Sofia   1–1 (4–3 p)   Osijek 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Torino   7–1   Debrecen 3–0 4–1
Luzern   2–0   KÍ Klaksvík 1–0 1–0
Rangers   2–0   Progrès Niederkorn 2–0 0–0
Ventspils   6–2   Gżira United 4–0 2–2
Strasbourg   4–3   Maccabi Haifa 3–1 1–2
Mladá Boleslav   4–3   Ordabasy 1–1 3–2
Shamrock Rovers   3–4   Apollon Limassol 2–1 1–3 (a.e.t.)
AZ   3–0   BK Häcken 0–0 3–0
Alashkert   3–5   FCSB 0–3 3–2
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   3–3 (a)   Spartak Trnava 2–0 1–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers   6–1   Crusaders 2–0 4–1
Aris   1–0   AEL Limassol 0–0 1–0
Jeunesse Esch   0–5   Vitória de Guimarães 0–1 0–4
Honvéd   0–0 (1–3 p)   Universitatea Craiova 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk   2–0   Esbjerg 2–0 0–0
Connah's Quay Nomads   0–4   Partizan 0–1 0–3

Notes

  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Third qualifying roundEdit

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

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 22 July 2019.[34] The first legs were played on 6, 7 and 8 August, and the second legs on 13, 14 and 15 August 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Sutjeska Nikšić   3–5   Linfield 1–2 2–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv   2–4   Sūduva 1–2 1–2
Ararat-Armenia   3–2   Saburtalo Tbilisi 1–2 2–0
Riga   3–3 (a)   HJK 1–1 2–2
Ludogorets Razgrad   9–0   The New Saints 5–0 4–0
Sarajevo   1–2   BATE Borisov 1–2 0–0
F91 Dudelange   4–1   Nõmme Kalju 3–1 1–0
Astana   9–1   Valletta 5–1 4–0
Sheriff Tiraspol   2–3   AIK 1–2 1–1
Slovan Bratislava   4–1   Dundalk 1–0 3–1
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
IFK Norrköping   2–4   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1 1–3
Torino   6–1   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 5–0 1–1
Antwerp   2–2 (a)   Viktoria Plzeň 1–0 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Austria Wien   2–5   Apollon Limassol 1–2 1–3
Feyenoord   5–1   Dinamo Tbilisi 4–0 1–1
Brøndby   3–7   Braga 2–4 1–3
Molde   4–3   Aris 3–0 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   0–2   Strasbourg 0–1 0–1
Thun   3–5   Spartak Moscow 2–3 1–2
FCSB   1–0   Mladá Boleslav 0–0 1–0
Pyunik   0–8   Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–4 0–4
Midtjylland   3–7   Rangers 2–4 1–3
Mariupol   0–4   AZ 0–0 0–4
AEK Larnaca   1–4   Gent 1–1 0–3
Legia Warsaw   2–0   Atromitos 0–0 2–0
Haugesund   0–1   PSV Eindhoven 0–1 0–0
Rijeka   4–0   Aberdeen 2–0 2–0
Ventspils   0–9   Vitória de Guimarães 0–3 0–6
Vaduz   0–6   Eintracht Frankfurt 0–5 0–1
Partizan   3–2   Yeni Malatyaspor 3–1 0–1
Malmö FF   3–1   Zrinjski Mostar 3–0 0–1
CSKA Sofia   1–2   Zorya Luhansk 1–1 0–1
Neftçi Baku   3–4   Bnei Yehuda 2–2 1–2
Luzern   0–6   Espanyol 0–3 0–3
Sparta Prague   3–4   Trabzonspor 2–2 1–2
Universitatea Craiova   1–3   AEK Athens 0–2 1–1

Play-off roundEdit

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

The draw for the play-off round was held on 5 August 2019.[35] The first legs were played on 22 August, and the second legs will be played on 29 August 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Sūduva   2–4   Ferencváros 0–0 2–4
Copenhagen   3–2   Riga 3–1 0–1
Celtic   6–1   AIK 2–0 4–1
Ararat-Armenia   3–3 (4–5 p)   F91 Dudelange 2–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Ludogorets Razgrad   2–2 (a)   Maribor 0–0 2–2
Linfield   4–4 (a)   Qarabağ 3–2 1–2
Slovan Bratislava   3–3 (a)   PAOK 1–0 2–3
Astana   3–2   BATE Borisov 3–0 0–2
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
Torino   3–5   Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–3 1–2
Legia Warsaw   0–1   Rangers 0–0 0–1
FCSB   0–1   Vitória de Guimarães 0–0 0–1
PSV Eindhoven   7–0   Apollon Limassol 3–0 4–0
AEK Athens   3–3 (a)   Trabzonspor 1–3 2–0
Feyenoord   6–0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 3–0 3–0
Gent   3–2   Rijeka 2–1 1–1
Espanyol   5–3   Zorya Luhansk 3–1 2–2
Partizan   3–2   Molde 2–1 1–1
Braga   3–1   Spartak Moscow 1–0 2–1
Malmö FF   4–0   Bnei Yehuda 3–0 1–0
Strasbourg   1–3   Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0 0–3
AZ   5–2   Antwerp 1–1 4–1 (a.e.t.)

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Green: Group B;   Deep Pink: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;
  Red: Group E;   Cyan: Group F;   Blue: Group G;   Purple: Group H;
  Pink: Group I;   Turquoise: Group J;   Spring Green: Group K;   Orange: Group L.

The draw for the group stage was held on 30 August 2019, 13:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[36] The 48 teams were drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients.[30]

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. The matchdays are 19 September, 3 October, 24 October, 7 November, 28 November, and 12 December 2019.

A total of 26 national associations are represented in the group stage. Espanyol, Ferencváros, LASK, Oleksandriya, Wolfsberg and Wolverhampton Wanderers made their debut appearances in the group stage (although Espanyol and Ferencváros had appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SEV APO QRB DUD
1   Sevilla 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 2–0 3–0
2   APOEL 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10 1–0 2–1 3–4
3   Qarabağ 6 1 2 3 8 11 −3 5 0–3 2–2 1–1
4   F91 Dudelange 6 1 1 4 8 18 −10 4 2–5 0–2 1–4
Source: UEFA

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MAL KOB DKV LUG
1   Malmö FF 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 4–3 2–1
2   Copenhagen 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 9 0–1 1–1 1–0
3   Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7 1–0 1–1 1–1
4   Lugano 6 0 3 3 2 5 −3 3 0–0 0–1 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BSL GET KRA TRA
1   Basel 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 5–0 2–0
2   Getafe 6 4 0 2 8 4 +4 12 0–1 3–0 1–0
3   Krasnodar 6 3 0 3 7 11 −4 9 1–0 1–2 3–1
4   Trabzonspor 6 0 1 5 3 11 −8 1 2–2 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LASK SPO PSV ROS
1   LASK 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13 Advance to knockout phase 3–0 4–1 1–0
2   Sporting CP 6 4 0 2 11 7 +4 12 2–1 4–0 1–0
3   PSV Eindhoven 6 2 2 2 9 12 −3 8 0–0 3–2 1–1
4   Rosenborg 6 0 1 5 3 11 −8 1 1–2 0–2 1–4
Source: UEFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CEL CLJ LAZ REN
1   Celtic 6 4 1 1 10 6 +4 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 2–1 3–1
2   CFR Cluj 6 4 0 2 6 4 +2 12 2–0 2–1 1–0
3   Lazio 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6 1–2 1–0 2–1
4   Rennes 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 4 1–1 0–1 2–0
Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARS FRA STL VSC
1   Arsenal 6 3 2 1 14 7 +7 11 Advance to knockout phase 1–2 4–0 3–2
2   Eintracht Frankfurt 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9 0–3 2–1 2–3
3   Standard Liège 6 2 2 2 8 10 −2 8 2–2 2–1 2–0
4   Vitória de Guimarães 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5 1–1 0–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification POR RAN YB FEY
1   Porto 6 3 1 2 8 9 −1 10 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 2–1 3–2
2   Rangers 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9 2–0 1–1 1–0
3   Young Boys 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 8 1–2 2–1 2–0
4   Feyenoord 6 1 2 3 7 9 −2 5 2–0 2–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ESP LUD FER CSKA
1   Espanyol 6 3 2 1 12 4 +8 11 Advance to knockout phase 6–0 1–1 0–1
2   Ludogorets Razgrad 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8 0–1 1–1 5–1
3   Ferencváros 6 1 4 1 5 7 −2 7 2–2 0–3 0–0
4   CSKA Moscow 6 1 2 3 3 9 −6 5 0–2 1–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GNT WLF STE OLE
1   Gent 6 3 3 0 11 7 +4 12 Advance to knockout phase 2–2 3–2 2–1
2   VfL Wolfsburg 6 3 2 1 9 7 +2 11 1–3 1–0 3–1
3   Saint-Étienne 6 0 4 2 6 8 −2 4 0–0 1–1 1–1
4   Oleksandriya 6 0 3 3 6 10 −4 3 1–1 0–1 2–2
Source: UEFA

Group JEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification IBS ROM MGB WLB
1   İstanbul Başakşehir 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 10 Advance to knockout phase 0–3 1–1 1–0
2   Roma 6 2 3 1 12 6 +6 9 4–0 1–1 2–2
3   Borussia Mönchengladbach 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8 1–2 2–1 0–4
4   Wolfsberg 6 1 2 3 7 8 −1 5 0–3 1–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group KEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BRA WOL SLO BES
1   Braga 6 4 2 0 15 9 +6 14 Advance to knockout phase 3–3 2–2 3–1
2   Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13 0–1 1–0 4–0
3   Slovan Bratislava 6 1 1 4 10 13 −3 4 2–4 1–2 4–2
4   Beşiktaş 6 1 0 5 6 15 −9 3 1–2 0–1 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group LEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MUN AZ PAR AST
1   Manchester United 6 4 1 1 10 2 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase 4–0 3–0 1–0
2   AZ 6 2 3 1 15 8 +7 9 0–0 2–2 6–0
3   Partizan 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8 0–1 2–2 4–1
4   Astana 6 1 0 5 4 19 −15 3 2–1 0–5 1–2
Source: UEFA

Knockout phaseEdit

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, quarter-finals and semi-finals, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other. As the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals are held together before the quarter-finals are played, the identity of the quarter-final winners is not known at the time of the semi-final draw. A draw is also held to determine which semi-final winner is designated as the "home" team for the final (for administrative purposes as it is played at a neutral venue).

On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the final stages of the competition would feature a format change. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final would be played in a single-leg format from 10 to 21 August 2020 in the German cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen. The matches will tentatively be played behind closed doors, though spectators could be allowed subject to a review of the situation and the decisions of the national and local government.

Following the competition restart in August 2020, a maximum of five substitutions will be allowed, with a sixth allowed in extra time. However, each team will only be given three opportunities to make substitutions, with a fourth opportunity in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time. This follows a proposal from FIFA and approval by IFAB to lessen the impact of fixture congestion.[37]

BracketEdit

Round of 32Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
                            
  Olympiacos (a.e.t.; a)022
  Arsenal112
  Olympiacos1  
  Wolverhampton Wanderers1  
  Wolverhampton Wanderers426
  Espanyol033
  Winners of R16–2 
  Winners of R16–6 
  CFR Cluj101
  Sevilla (a)101
  Sevilla 
  Roma 
  Roma112
  Gent011
  Winners of QF4 
  Winners of QF2 
  AZ101
  LASK123
  LASK0  
  Manchester United5  
  Club Brugge101
  Manchester United156
  Winners of R16–8 
  Winners of R16–1 
  Sporting CP314
  İstanbul Başakşehir (a.e.t.)145
  İstanbul Başakşehir1  
  Copenhagen0  
  Copenhagen134
21 August – Cologne
  Celtic112
  Winners of SF1 
  Winners of SF2 
  Ludogorets Razgrad011
  Inter Milan224
  Inter Milan 
  Getafe 
  Getafe213
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