All you need to know: Europa League draw

When is the UEFA Europa League round of 32 draw? How does it work? Who is in it? Get the lowdown.

The UEFA Europa League Cup trophy
The UEFA Europa League Cup trophy ©AFP/Getty Images

Who is in the draw?

Seeded: AC Milan (ITA), Arsenal (ENG), Atalanta (ITA), Athletic Club (ESP), Atlético Madrid* (ESP), Braga (POR), CSKA Moskva* (RUS), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Lazio (ITA), Leipzig* (GER), Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS), Plzeň (CZE), Salzburg (AUT), Sporting CP* (POR), Villarreal (ESP), Zenit (RUS)

Unseeded: AEK Athens (GRE), Astana (KAZ), Celtic* (SCO), Crvena zvezda (SRB), Dortmund* (GER), FCSB (ROU), København (DEN), Ludogorets (BUL), Lyon (FRA), Marseille (FRA), Napoli* (ITA), Nice (FRA), Östersund (SWE), Partizan (SRB), Real Sociedad (ESP), Spartak Moskva* (RUS)

*Transferred from UEFA Champions League

When and where is the draw?

The draw takes place on Monday
The draw takes place on Monday©Sportsfile

The draw begins at 13:00CET on Monday 11 December. It takes place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, and immediately follows the UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw.

How will the draw work?

There will be two pots of clubs for the round of 32 draw: the 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage are seeded. They will be drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed UEFA Champions League sides.

Is it an open draw?

2016/17 Europa League highlights
2016/17 Europa League highlights

No team can play a club from their UEFA Europa League group or a side from the same national association. Based on decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, teams from Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn together.

How can you follow the draw?

It will be streamed live on UEFA.com, with the best coverage also available throughout the day on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

When are the ties?

Games will be played in principle on Thursdays 15 and 22 February at 19:00CET and 21:05CET, with the exact schedule released after the draw. The seeded teams are at home in the second leg.

What comes next?

Stade de Lyon, venue for the final
Stade de Lyon, venue for the final©Getty Images

23/02/18: round of 16 draw
08/03/18: round of 16, first leg
15/03/18: round of 16, second leg
16/03/18: quarter-final draw
05/04/18: quarter-finals, first leg
12/04/18: quarter-finals, second leg
13/04/18: semi-final and final draw
26/04/18: semi-finals, first leg
03/05/18: semi-finals, second leg
16/05/18: final (Stade de Lyon, Lyon)

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