2020/21 UEFA Europa League: all you need to know

When is the group stage? How will qualifying work? Where is the 2021 final?

With the 2019/20 season now mapped out, the picture for next season is becoming clearer. Here's what we know so far.

What are the changes?

  • With the 2019/20 season now scheduled to finish on 21 August, the principal change to the 2020/21 calendar is that everything is now a little later. Qualifying, which had been due to begin on 25 June, will now kick off on 20 August. The group stage draw will take place in Athens on 2 October with the competition proper getting under way on 22 October. The knockout stages will be unchanged from the original schedule.
  • All qualifying ties will be single-leg matches. These matches will take place behind closed doors.
  • Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will not be introduced for the group phase, as was planned. It will still be used in the knockout stage, with introduction for the group stage in 2021/22.
  • The final will take place at Poland's Gdańsk Stadium, which had been due to stage the 2020 decider. Seville, the prospective 2021 host, will now host the 2022 event.

When will matches take place?

20/08/2020 Preliminary round
27/08/2020 First qualifying round
17/09/2020 Second qualifying round
24/09/2020 Third qualifying round
01/10/2020 Play-offs

Group stage
22/10/2020 Matchday 1
29/10/2020 Matchday 2
05/11/2020 Matchday 3
26/11/2020 Matchday 4
03/12/2020 Matchday 5
10/12/2020 Matchday 6

Knockout stages
18/02/2021–25/02/2021 Round of 32
11/03/2021–18/03/2021 Round of 16
08/04/2021–15/04/2021 Quarter-finals
29/04/2021–06/05/2021 Semi-finals
26/05/2021 Final

When are the draws?

09/08/2020: Preliminary round draw
10/08/2020: First qualifying round draw
31/08/2020: Second qualifying round draw
01/09/2020: Third qualifying round draw
18/09/2020: Play-off draw
02/10/2020: Group stage draw, Athens
14/12/2020: Round of 32 draw
26/02/2021: Round of 16 draw
19/03/2021: Quarter-final and semi-final draws

All draws take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland unless stated otherwise.