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2022/23 UEFA Europa League: Matches, draws, final

What are the match dates? When are the draws? Where is the 2023 final?

The UEFA Europa League trophy and match ball
The UEFA Europa League trophy and match ball UEFA via Getty Images

The 2022/23 campaign is the 52nd season of this club competition, the 14th since it was rebranded from UEFA Cup to UEFA Europa League and the second since the introduction of the new format. It kicked off on 4 August 2022 and runs until the final on 31 May 2023.

Following the advent of the UEFA Europa Conference League in 2021/22, the group stage was reduced from 48 to 32 teams – eight groups of four – with the eight group winners progressing automatically to the round of 16.

There are now additional knockout round play-offs prior to the round of 16 between the eight UEFA Europa League group runners-up and the eight third-ranked teams from the UEFA Champions League groups.

Please note that dates are subject to change.

Europa League 2022/23 match schedule

When were the Europa League qualifiers?

Third qualifying round: 4 & 11 August 2022
Play-offs: 18 & 25 August 2022

Qualifying was much-changed, and featured 27 teams across two rounds: the third qualifying round and play-offs. It started later than previously, in August.

The majority of teams involved in qualifying transferred from the UEFA Champions League, though some teams (in principle cup winners) from top 15-ranked associations began directly in UEFA Europa League qualifying.

Full details of who entered when, and how eliminated clubs transferred to the UEFA Europa Conference League, can be found on the access List.

When are the Europa League group stage matches?

Matchday 1: 8 September 2022
Matchday 2: 15 September 2022
Matchday 3: 6 October 2022
Matchday 4: 13 October 2022
Matchday 5: 27 October 2022
Matchday 6: 3 November 2022

When is the Europa League knockout stage?

Knockout round play-offs: 16 & 23 February
Round of 16: 9 & 16 March 2023
Quarter-finals: 13 & 20 April 2023
Semi-finals: 11 & 18 May 2023
Final: 31 May 2023

Matches are generally played on Thursdays (other than the final) and in principle equally split between two time slots: 18:45 CET and 21:00 CET.

City guide: Budapest

Where is the Europa League final in 2023?

Budapest will stage its first major European men's final as the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League decider takes place at the Puskás Aréna.

The venue was originally slated to stage the 2022 final, but it was agreed in June 2020 that the Puskás Aréna would be the venue for the 2023 decider instead.

Upcoming UEFA Europa League finals

2024: Dublin Arena, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
2025: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao, Spain

When are the 2022/23 Europa League draws?

Third qualifying round: 18 July 2022
Play-off round: 2 August 2022
Group stage: 26 August 2022
Knockout round play-off: 7 November 2022
Round of 16: 24 February 2023
Quarter-finals & Semi-finals: 17 March 2023

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