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The 2020–21 UEFA Europa League will be the 50th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 12th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

2020–21 UEFA Europa League
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The Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán in Seville will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
25 June – 27 August 2020 (provisional)
Competition proper:
17 September 2020 – 26 May 2021 (provisional)
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total (expected): 158+57 (from 55 associations)
2021–22

The final will be played at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán in Seville, Spain.[1] The winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League will automatically qualify for the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup.

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 215 (expected) teams from all 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2020–21 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 1–50 (except Liechtenstein) each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 51–55 each have two teams qualify (starting from this season, with association 51 losing one spot and association 55 gaining one spot).[2]
  • Liechtenstein have one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league).
  • Moreover, 57 teams eliminated from the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.

Association rankingEdit

For the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2019 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2014–15 to 2018–19.[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 2020–21 UEFA Europa League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1   Spain 103.569 3
2   England 85.462
3   Italy 74.725
4   Germany 71.927
5   France 58.498
6   Russia 50.549
7   Portugal 48.232
8   Belgium 39.900
9   Ukraine 38.900
10   Turkey 34.600
11   Netherlands 32.433
12   Austria 31.250
13   Czech Republic 28.675
14   Greece 27.600
15   Croatia 27.375
16   Denmark 27.025
17    Switzerland 26.900
18   Cyprus 24.925
19   Serbia 22.250
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20   Scotland 22.125 3
21   Belarus 21.875
22   Sweden 20.900
23   Norway 20.200
24   Kazakhstan 19.250
25   Poland 19.250
26   Azerbaijan 19.000
27   Israel 18.625
28   Bulgaria 17.500
29   Romania 15.950
30   Slovakia 15.625
31   Slovenia 15.000
32   Liechtenstein 13.500 1
33   Hungary 10.500 3
34   North Macedonia 8.000
35   Moldova 7.750
36   Albania 7.500
37   Republic of Ireland 7.450
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38   Finland 7.275 3
39   Iceland 7.250
40   Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.125
41   Lithuania 6.750
42   Latvia 5.625
43   Luxembourg 5.500
44   Armenia 5.250
45   Malta 5.125
46   Estonia 5.000
47   Georgia 4.750
48   Wales 4.125
49   Montenegro 4.125
50   Faroe Islands 4.000
51   Gibraltar 4.000 2
52   Northern Ireland 3.875
53   Kosovo 2.500
54   Andorra 1.831
55   San Marino 0.666

DistributionEdit

The following is the default access list.[4]

Access list for 2020–21 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
  • 7 domestic league runners-up from associations 49–55
  • 3 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 48–50
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 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:

  • 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)

Note: Teams in italics may still qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, either through domestic performance, or by winning the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League or the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.

CC: 2020 UEFA club coefficients (updated after UEFA Champions/Europa League matches on 3 October 2019, coefficients which may increase marked by ≥).[5]

Qualified teams for 2020–21 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
  (CW)   (5th)   (CW)   (UCL PO)
  (5th)   (CW)   (CW)   (UCL PO)
  (CW)   (4th)   (CW)   (UCL Q3)
  (5th)   (CW)   (UCL PO)   (UCL Q3)
  (CW)   (CW)   (UCL PO)   (UCL Q3)
  (5th)   (CW)   (UCL PO)   (UCL Q3)
  (CW)   (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)   (4th)   (CW)
  (UCL Q2)   (UCL Q2)   (3rd)   (CW)
  (UCL Q2)   (UCL Q2)   (RW)   (CW)
  (UCL Q2)   (UCL Q2)   (3rd)   (CW)
  (UCL Q2)   (UCL Q2)   (3rd)   (UCL Q2)
  (3rd)   (UCL Q2)
  (3rd)   (UCL Q2)
  (CW)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path Main Path
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL Q1)   (6th)   (3rd)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL Q1)   (LC)   (4th)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL Q1)   (6th)   (3rd)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL Q1)   (6th)   (4th)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL Q1)   (LC)   (2nd)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL Q1)   (5th)   (2nd)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL Q1)   (4th)   (CW)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL PR F)   (PW)   (CW)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL PR SF)   (PW)   (CW)
  (UCL Q1)   (UCL PR SF)   (4th)   (CW)
  (PW)   (CW)
  (PW)   (CW)
  (3rd)   Kaisar (CW) CC: ≥3.750
  (PW)
First qualifying round
  (PW)   (CW)   (CW)   (2nd)
  (3rd)   (2nd)   Sfântul Gheorghe (CW/2nd/3rd) CC: 1.350   (3rd)
  (2nd)   (3rd)   Petrocub Hîncești (CW/2nd/3rd) CC: 2.000   (CW)
  (3rd)   (CW)   (CW)   (2nd)
  (2nd)   (2nd)   (2nd)   (3rd)
  (3rd)   (PW)   (3rd)   (CW)
  (2nd)   (CW)   Shamrock Rovers (CW/2nd) CC: 3.750   (2nd)
  (3rd)   (2nd)   Bohemians (3rd/4th) CC: 1.340   (3rd)
  (2nd)   (3rd)   (3rd/4th)   (CW)
  (3rd)   (CW)   Ilves (CW) CC: 1.300   (2nd)
  (2nd)   (2nd)   Inter Turku (2nd) CC: 1.300   (3rd)
  (3rd)   (3rd)   (PW)   (CW)
  (2nd)   (CW)   Víkingur Reykjavik (CW) CC: 1.075   (2nd)
  (3rd)   (2nd)   Breiðablik (2nd) CC: 1.250   (3rd)
  (2nd)   (3rd)   FH (3rd) CC: 4.500   (CW)
  (3rd)   (CW)   (CW)   (2nd)
  (CW)   (CW)   (2nd)   (3rd)
  (2nd)   (2nd)   (3rd)   (CW)
  (3rd)   (3rd)   Sūduva (CW)[Note LTU] CC: 6.750
or (2nd)
  (2nd)
  (CW)   (CW)   (3rd)   (CW)
  (2nd)   (2nd)   (4th)
  (3rd)   (3rd)   (CW)
Preliminary round
  (PW)   (2nd)   (CW)   (CW)
  (2nd)   NSÍ Runavík (3rd) CC: 2.250   (2nd)   (2nd)
  (3rd)   (CW)   (CW)   (CW)
  HB Tórshavn (CW) CC: 2.000   (2nd)   (2nd)   (2nd)
Notes
  1. ^ Lithuania (LTU): Sūduva will qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League if they win the 2019 A Lyga.

ScheduleEdit

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 9 June 2020 25 June 2020 2 July 2020
First qualifying round 16 June 2020 9 July 2020 16 July 2020
Second qualifying round 17 June 2020 23 July 2020 30 July 2020
Third qualifying round 20 July 2020 6 August 2020 13 August 2020
Play-off Play-off round 3 August 2020 20 August 2020 27 August 2020
Group stage Matchday 1 28 August 2020
(Monaco)
17 September 2020
Matchday 2 1 October 2020
Matchday 3 22 October 2020
Matchday 4 5 November 2020
Matchday 5 26 November 2020
Matchday 6 10 December 2020
Knockout phase Round of 32 14 December 2020 18 February 2021 25 February 2021
Round of 16 26 February 2021 11 March 2021 18 March 2021
Quarter-finals 19 March 2021 8 April 2021 15 April 2021
Semi-finals 29 April 2021 6 May 2021
Final 26 May 2021 at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, Seville

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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Seville to host 2021 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. 24 September 2019.
  2. ^ "UEFA to ask FIFA/IFAB for new concussion protocol". UEFA.com. 29 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Country coefficients 2018/19". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Champions League and Europa League changes next season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Club coefficients 2019/20". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations.
  6. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Europa League match calendar". UEFA.com. 24 September 2019.

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