2015/16 Europa League: All you need to know

Who are the 16 teams confirmed in the group stage? Where will the other 32 come from? When are the draws and matches? Where is the final? Get the lowdown.

Liverpool and Tottenham will both be in the group stage
Liverpool and Tottenham will both be in the group stage ©AFP/Getty Images

Who has qualified?
Of the 48 sides that will contest the group stage this autumn, 16 are already known: Villarreal CF, FC Augsburg, FC Schalke 04, Liverpool FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, ACF Fiorentina, SSC Napoli, SC Braga, Olympique de Marseille, FC Lokomotiv Moskva, FC Groningen, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, RSC Anderlecht, Beşiktaş JK, Asteras Tripolis FC, FC Sion.

Of the remaining 32 teams, 22 come from qualifying, which begins at the end of June and culminates in August's play-offs. Then there are ten teams that transfer from the UEFA Champions League after losing that competition's play-offs. The UEFA Europa League access list has not been finalised but you can see where teams from each country enter here.

Where is the final?
In September, Basel's St. Jakob-Park was selected to host the 2016 UEFA Europa League final. It is the first time the competition will conclude in Switzerland, though the old St. Jakob-Park (it was rebuilt for 2001) staged four European Cup Winners' Cup deciders.

St. Jakob-Park, Basel
St. Jakob-Park, Basel©Getty Images

When are the draws?

2015/16 UEFA Europa League draw schedule
Dates subject to change
DateLocationDraw details
22/06/15NyonFirst and second qualifying round
17/07/15NyonThird qualifying round
07/08/15NyonPlay-off round
28/08/15MonacoGroup stage
14/12/15NyonRound of 32
26/02/16 (tbc)NyonRound of 16
18/03/16NyonQuarter-finals
15/04/16NyonSemi-finals and final

When are the matches?

2015/16 UEFA Europa League match calendar
StageDates
First qualifying round, first leg02/07/15
First qualifying round, second leg09/07/15
Second qualifying round, first leg16/07/15
Second qualifying round, second leg23/07/15
Third qualifying round, first leg30/07/15
Third qualifying round, second leg06/08/15
Play-off round, first leg20/08/15
Play-off round, second leg27/08/15
Group stage, matchday one17/09/15
Group stage, matchday two01/10/15
Group stage, matchday three22/10/15
Group stage, matchday four05/11/15
Group stage, matchday five26/11/15
Group stage, matchday six10/12/15
Round of 32, first leg18/02/16
Round of 32, second leg25/02/16
Round of 16, first leg10/03/16
Round of 16, second leg17/03/16
Quarter-finals, first leg07/04/16
Quarter-finals, second leg14/04/16
Semi-finals, first leg28/04/16
Semi-finals, second leg05/05/16
Final (St. Jakob-Park, Basel)18/05/16