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

What are the match dates? Where is the 2021 final?

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Who is in the group stage?

Group A: Roma, Young Boys, CFR Cluj, CSKA Sofia
Group B: Arsenal, Rapid Wien, Molde, Dundalk
Group C: Leverkusen, Slavia Praha, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Nice
Group D: Benfica, Standard Liège, Rangers, Lech Poznań
Group E: PSV Eindhoven, PAOK, Granada, Omonoia
GroupF: Napoli, Real Sociedad, AZ Alkmaar, Rijeka
Group G: Braga, Leicester, AEK Athens, Zorya Luhansk
Group H: Celtic, Sparta Praha, AC Milan, LOSC Lille
Group I: Villarreal, Qarabağ, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Sivasspor
Group J: Tottenham, Ludogorets, LASK, Royal Antwerp
Group K: CSKA Moskva, Dinamo Zagreb, Feyenoord, Wolfsberg
Group L: Gent, Crvena zvezda, Hoffenheim, Slovan Liberec

By country

ESP (3): Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Granada*
ENG (3): Leicester, Arsenal, Tottenham*
ITA (3): Napoli, Roma, AC Milan*
BEL (3)
: Royal Antwerp, Gent**, Standard Liège*
NED (3): Feyenoord, AZ Alkmaar***, PSV Eindhoven*
AUT (3): Wolfsberg, Rapid Wien***, LASK*
CZE (3): Sparta Praha, Slavia Praha**, Slovan Liberec*
GER (2): Leverkusen, Hoffenheim
FRA (2): LOSC, Nice
POR (2): Braga, Benfica***
SCO (2): Celtic*, Rangers*
CRO (2)
: Dinamo Zagreb*, Rijeka*
GRE (2): PAOK**, AEK Athens*
ISR (2)
: Maccabi Tel-Aviv**, Hapoel Beer-Sheva*
BUL (2): Ludogorets*, CSKA-Sofia*
RUS (1): CSKA Moskva
UKR (1)
: Zorya Luhansk
TUR (1)
: Sivasspor
CYP (1): Omonoia**
SUI (1): Young Boys*
SRB (1): Crvena zvezda*
NOR (1): Molde**
AZE (1): Qarabağ*
ROU (1): CFR Cluj*
POL (1): Lech Poznań*
IRL (1): Dundalk*

18 automatic qualifiers
* 21 play-off winners
** 6 UEFA Champions League play-off losing teams
*** 3 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round losing teams

Who are the holders?

Every goal of Sevilla's road to 2020 Europa League glory
Every goal of Sevilla's road to 2020 Europa League glory

Sevilla beat Inter in the 2019/20 final to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League for the sixth time. They booked a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage as UEFA Europa League winners.

What are the changes?

With the 2019/20 season finishing on 21 August, the principal change to the 2020/21 calendar was that everything is now a little later. Qualifying, which had been due to begin on 25 June, kicked off on 18 August. The group stage draw took place on 2 October with the competition proper getting under way on 22 October. The knockout stages will be unchanged from the original schedule.

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 UEFA Executive Committee decided on 24 September that five substitutions will be allowed for the remainder of the season. Consequently, the number of players allowed on the match sheet will be increased to 23.

2020/21 Europa League calendar

When will matches take place?

Arena Gdańsk will stage the 2020/21 final
Arena Gdańsk will stage the 2020/21 final©Getty Images

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 stage
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

Where will the final take place?

Brilliant 2012 Khedira volley at Gdańsk Stadium
Brilliant 2012 Khedira volley at Gdańsk Stadium

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.

Opened in 2011, Gdańsk Stadium hosted four games at UEFA EURO 2012 – three group stage fixtures and Germany's 4-2 quarter-final win against Greece – and is home to Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdańsk. Poland have played a number of international friendlies at the stadium, but the ground has yet to hold a match in UEFA club competition.

Located in the city's Letnica neighbourhood, the stadium's curved 45,000 square-metre exterior consists of 18,000 plates designed to resemble amber, which has long been extracted along the Baltic coast.

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
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.