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All you need to know: 2019/20 UEFA Europa League

The 2019/20 edition ends in Gdansk on 27 May. Here's the who, what, where and when.

All you need to know: 2019/20 UEFA Europa League
All you need to know: 2019/20 UEFA Europa League ©Getty Images

When does it start?

The new season kicked off on 27 June with the preliminary round – just 29 days after Chelsea lifted the UEFA Europa League trophy for the second time in Baku. Three further qualifying rounds followed before the play-offs at the end of August confirmed the group stage line-up.

The group stage begins on 19 September and runs every two or three weeks until 12 December. The knockout stage gets under way on 20 February, with the season culminating in Gdansk on 27 May 2020.

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Seventeen of the 48 teams in the 2019/20 group stage qualified automatically. They were joined in August by the 21 play-off winners as well as the ten teams eliminated in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round and play-offs.

There were two UEFA Europa League qualifying paths:

  • Champions path – consisting of teams eliminated in the UEFA Champions League champions path between the preliminary round and the third qualifying round. Eight teams reached the group stage by this route.
  • Main path – consisting of the remaining UEFA Europa League entrants from all 55 associations plus teams eliminated from the UEFA Champions League league path second qualifying round. Thirteen teams reached the group stage by this route.

Who is in the group stage?

ESP: Espanyol, Getafe*, Sevilla*
: Arsenal*, Manchester United*, Wolves
: Lazio*, Roma*
: Mönchengladbach*, Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg*
: Rennes*, St-Étienne*
: CSKA Moskva*, Krasnodar
Porto, Sporting CP*, Braga, Vitória SC
UKR: Dynamo Kyiv, Olexandriya*
BEL: Gent, Standard Liège*
TUR: Beşiktaş*, İstanbul Başakşehir, Trabzonspor
NED: AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven
AUT: Wolfsberg*, LASK
DEN: Copenhagen
SUI: Basel, Lugano*, Young Boys
SRB: Partizan
SCO: Celtic, Rangers
SWE: Malmö
NOR: Rosenborg
KAZ: Astana
AZE: Qarabağ
BUL: Ludogorets
SVK: Slovan Bratislava
HUN: Ferencváros
LUX: Dudelange

When are the draws?

Watch highlights of Chelsea's 2019 final win
Watch highlights of Chelsea's 2019 final win

11 June: Preliminary round draw (main path), Nyon
18 June: First qualifying round draw (main path), Nyon
19 June: Second qualifying round draw (champions and main paths), Nyon
22 July: Third qualifying round draw, Nyon
5 August: Play-off round draw, Nyon
30 August: Group stage draw, Monaco
16 December: Round of 32 draw, Nyon
28 February: Round of 16 draw, Nyon
20 March: Quarter-final and semi-final draws, Nyon

Where is the final?

The distinctive Gdansk Stadium will stage the final on 27 May 2020. Opened in 2011, the ground hosted four games at UEFA EURO 2012: three group stage fixtures and Germany's 4-2 quarter-final win against Greece. It is the home stadium of UEFA Europa League second qualifying round entrants Lechia Gdańsk and has also served as the venue for a number of Poland's international friendlies.

* automatic qualifiers