Round of 16

Round of 32

Group stage


Third qualifying round

Second qualifying round

First qualifying round



  • First qualifying round
    30 June 2011
  • First qualifying round
    7 July 2011
  • Second qualifying round
    14 July 2011
  • Second qualifying round
    21 July 2011
  • Third qualifying round
    26-28 July 2011
  • Third qualifying round
    4 August 2011


  • Play-offs
    18 August 2011
  • Play-offs
    25 August 2011

Group stage

  • Matchday 1
    15 September 2011
  • Matchday 2
    29 September 2011
  • Matchday 3
    20 October 2011
  • Matchday 4
    3 November 2011
  • Matchday 5
    30 Nov-1 Dec 2011
  • Matchday 6
    14-15 December 2011

Knockout phase

  • Round of 32, 1st leg
    14-16 February 2012
  • Round of 32, 2nd leg
    22-23 February 2012
  • Round of 16, 1st leg
    8 March 2012
  • Round of 16, 2nd leg
    15 March 2012
  • Quarter-finals, 1st leg
    29 March 2012
  • Quarter-finals, 2nd leg
    5 April 2012
  • Semi-finals, 1st leg
    19 April 2012
  • Semi-finals, 2nd leg
    26 April 2012


  • Final
    9 May 2012

Road to the final

The UEFA Europa League comprises three qualifying rounds, a play-off round, a group stage and five knockout rounds.

In matches in the three qualifying rounds and the play-offs, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis. The club which scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round, with away goals and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw.

Group stage
The 38 play-off round winners join the ten losers from the UEFA Champions League play-offs. The clubs are split into 12 groups of four teams, playing home and away against each of their pool opponents between September and December. Two sides from each section advance, proceeding into the round of 32 alongside eight third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Knockout phase
From the last 32 until the semi-finals, clubs play two games against each other on a home-and-away basis with the same rules as the qualifying and play-off rounds applied. In the last 32, group winners and the four third-placed sides from the UEFA Champions League with the best records are seeded, guaranteeing they will play the second leg at home. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn together. From the round of 16 onwards the draw is free.

The final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at the National Arena, Bucharest on Wednesday 9 May.


Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.

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