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2024/25 UEFA Europa League: Matches, final, key dates

What are the match dates? Where is the 2025 final? How will the competition work?

The top of the UEFA Europa League trophy
The top of the UEFA Europa League trophy Getty Images

The 2024/25 campaign will be the 54th season of this club competition, the 16th since it was rebranded from UEFA Cup to UEFA Europa League, and the first under the new format. It kicks off on 11 July 2024 and runs until the final on 21 May 2025.

Please note that dates are subject to change.

What is the new Europa League format?

The biggest change is to the group stage, which will become a single 36-team League stage. Each side faces eight different teams (four at home, four away). The top eight overall advance directly to the round of 16; sides finishing from ninth to 24th will contest the knockout round play-offs, with the victors going through to the last 16. From then on it is a straight knockout.

When are the 2024/25 Europa League qualifiers?

First qualifying round: 11 & 18 July 2024
Second qualifying round: 25 July & 1 August 2024
Third qualifying round: 8 & 15 August 2024
Play-offs: 22 & 29 August 2024

Sevilla are seven-time UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League winners
Sevilla are seven-time UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League winnersAFP via Getty Images

When are the 2024/25 Europa League League stage matches?

Matchday 1: 25/26 September 2024
Matchday 2: 3 October 2024
Matchday 3: 24 October 2024
Matchday 4: 7 November 2024
Matchday 5: 28 November 2024
Matchday 6: 12 December 2024
Matchday 7: 23 January 2025
Matchday 8: 30 January 2025

When is the 2024/25 Europa League knockout stage?

Knockout round play-offs: 13 & 20 February 2025
Round of 16: 6 & 13 March 2025
Quarter-finals: 10 & 17 April 2025
Semi-finals: 1 & 8 May 2025
Final: 21 May 2025

When are the 2024/25 Europa League draws?

First qualifying round: 18 June 2024
Second qualifying round: 19 June 2024
Third qualifying round: 22 July 2024
Play-offs: 5 August 2024
League phase: 30 August 2024
Knockout round play-offs: 31 January 2025
Round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final: 21 February 2025

Where is the Europa League final in 2025?

The 2024/25 UEFA Europa League season will conclude at the Estadio de San Mamés in Bilbao, Spain, on 21 May 2025.

With a capacity in excess of 50,000, the home of Athletic Club opened in September 2013 to replace the old San Mamés, which had been home to the club since 1913. The old stadium staged the second leg of the 1977 UEFA Cup final, Athletic beating Juventus 2-1 but still losing the tie on away goals having lost the first leg 1-0, as well as three games at the 1982 FIFA World Cup finals.

Bilbao's Estadio de San Mamés will stage the final
Bilbao's Estadio de San Mamés will stage the finalGetty Images

The 2024 UEFA Women's Champions League final will be the new venue's first major international decider.

What do the Europa League winners get?

The UEFA Europa League trophy is, at 15kg, the heaviest piece of UEFA silverware. To make things extra interesting, it also has no handles.

The 2024/25 winners likewise gain a place in the League stage of the 2025/26 UEFA Champions League, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.

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