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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 National Stadium, Warsaw on Wednesday 27 May. The winners will be automatically entered into the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League.

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

2014/15 UEFA Europa League draw schedule
DateLocationDraw details
23/06/14NyonFirst and second qualifying round
18/07/14NyonThird qualifying round
08/08/14NyonPlay-off round
29/08/14MonacoGroup stage
15/12/14NyonRound of 32 and round of 16
20/03/15NyonQuarter-finals
24/04/15NyonSemi-finals and final
2014/15 UEFA Europa League match calendar
StageDates
First qualifying round, first leg03/07/14
First qualifying round, second leg10/07/14
Second qualifying round, first leg17/07/14
Second qualifying round, second leg24/07/14
Third qualifying round, first leg31/07/14
Third qualifying round, second leg07/08/14
Play-off round, first leg21/08/14
Play-off round, second leg28/08/14
Group stage, matchday one18/09/14
Group stage, matchday two02/10/14
Group stage, matchday three23/10/14
Group stage, matchday four06/11/14
Group stage, matchday five27/11/14
Group stage, matchday six11/12/14
Round of 32, first leg19/02/15
Round of 32, second leg26/02/15
Round of 16, first leg12/03/15
Round of 16, second leg19/03/15
Quarter-finals, first leg16/04/15
Quarter-finals, second leg23/04/15
Semi-finals, first leg07/05/15
Semi-finals, second leg14/05/15
Final (National Stadium, Warsaw)27/05/15

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