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Competition format

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

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

Qualifying
In matches in the three qualifying rounds and the play-offs, clubs play two games 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 play-off round winners join the ten losers from the UEFA Champions League play-offs and automatic entrants. 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.

Final
The final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at Juventus Stadium on Wednesday 14 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.

2013/14 UEFA Europa League draw schedule
DateLocationDraw details
13.00CET, 24/06/13NyonFirst and second qualifying round
13.00CET, 19/07/13NyonThird qualifying round
13.00CET, 09/08/13NyonPlay-off round
13.00CET, 30/08/13MonacoGroup stage
13.00CET, 16/12/13NyonRound of 32 and round of 16
13.00CET, 21/03/14NyonQuarter-finals
12.00CET, 11/04/14NyonSemi-finals and final
2013/14 UEFA Europa League match calendar
StageDates
First qualifying round, first leg04/07/13
First qualifying round, second leg11/07/13
Second qualifying round, first leg18/07/13
Second qualifying round, second leg25/07/13
Third qualifying round, first leg01/08/13
Third qualifying round, second leg08/08/13
Play-off round, first leg22/08/13
Play-off round, second leg29/08/13
Group stage, matchday one19/09/13
Group stage, matchday two03/10/13
Group stage, matchday three24/10/13
Group stage, matchday four07/11/13
Group stage, matchday five28/11/13
Group stage, matchday six12/12/13
Round of 32, first leg20/02/14
Round of 32, second leg27/02/14
Round of 16, first leg13/03/14
Round of 16, second leg20/03/14
Quarter-finals, first leg03/04/14
Quarter-finals, second leg10/04/14
Semi-finals, first leg24/04/14
Semi-finals, second leg01/05/14
Final (Juventus Stadium, Turin)14/05/14

Last updated: 13 December 2013

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