All you need to know: Europa League round of 16 draw

When is the UEFA Europa League round of 16 draw? How will it work? Which teams will be involved? Get the lowdown.

The UEFA Europa League trophy
The UEFA Europa League trophy ©UEFA via Getty Images

Who is in the draw?

The 16 winning sides following the round of 32 deciders (qualified teams in bold):

AC Milan (ITA) 1-0 Ludogorets (BUL) (agg: 4-0)
Arsenal (ENG) 1-2 Östersund (SWE) (agg: 4-2)
Atalanta (ITA) 1-1 Dortmund* (GER) (agg: 3-4)
Athletic Club (ESP) 1-2 Spartak Moskva* (RUS) (agg: 4-3)
Atlético Madrid* (ESP) 1-0 København (DEN) (agg: 5-1)
Braga (POR) 1-0 Marseille (FRA) (agg: 1-3)
CSKA Moskva* (RUS) 1-0 Crvena zvezda (SRB) (agg: 1-0)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 0-0  AEK Athens (GRE) (agg: 1-1, Dynamo win on away goals)
Lazio (ITA) 5-1 FCSB (ROU) (agg: 5-2)
Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) 1-0 Nice (FRA) (agg: 4-2)
Leipzig (FRA) 0-2 Napoli* (ITA) (agg: 3-3, Leipzig win on away goals)
Plzeň (CZE) 2-0 Partizan (SRB) (agg: 3-1)
Salzburg (AUT) 2-1 Real Sociedad (ESP) (agg: 4-3)
Sporting CP* (POR) 3-3 Astana (KAZ) (agg: 6-4)
Villarreal (ESP) 0-1 Lyon (FRA) (agg: 1-4)
Zenit (RUS) 3-0 Celtic* (SCO) (agg: 3-1)

*Transferred from UEFA Champions League

When and where is the draw?

The draw takes place on Friday
The draw takes place on Friday©Getty Images for UEFA

The draw begins at 13:00CET on Friday 23 February. It takes place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

How will the draw work?

It is an open draw with no seeding or country protection. Based on decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, though, teams from Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn together so the first pairing to be drawn will be the one involving Dynamo Kyiv.

The ball containing Dynamo Kyiv will be placed in a bowl, and a ball will then be selected from another bowl containing the 12 eligible teams. That ball is then placed in the large bowl with Dynamo Kyiv to complete the first pairing. Teams drawn first are at home in the first leg.

The three Russian teams will then be added to the 11 remaining teams. The balls will be drawn one after another to form the pairings.

How can you follow the draw?

The draw will be streamed live on, with coverage throughout the day on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

When are the ties?

Classic Europa League round of 32 moments
Classic Europa League round of 32 moments

In principle, games will be played on Thursdays 8 and 15 March at 19:00CET and 21:05CET, with the exact schedule confirmed after the draw. The teams drawn first will be at home in the first legs.

What comes next?

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)