Amsterdam the Europa League aim

A total of 217 teams will take part in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League and 117 of them were involved in the first and second qualifying round draws on Monday 25 June.

Atlético are aiming for a third title in four years
Atlético are aiming for a third title in four years ©Getty Images

The 2012/13 UEFA Europa League final will be played at the Amsterdam ArenA next 15 May and the season began with the first and second qualifying round draws in Nyon on Monday 25 June.

In all 217 teams will take part, including 32 who began their campaigns in the UEFA Champions League. The first qualifying round draw involved 74 sides, and 43 others will be began their campaigns in the next stage.

Under a new format, six teams were given access straight to the group stage alongside holders Club Atlético de Madrid as the domestic cup winners in the top ranked nations. They are SSC Napoli, Olympique Lyonnais, A. Académica de Coimbra and FC Rubin Kazan plus Tottenham Hotspur FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, taking over the places that would have been filled by UEFA Champions League-bound Chelsea FC and Borussia Dortmund.

Also in the group stage are 31 play-off winners and ten sides beaten at that round of the UEFA Champions League. The 24 teams that advance will join eight teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Draw schedule
Tine, date Location Draw details
13.30CET, 25/06/12 Nyon First and second qualifying rounds
13.30CET, 20/07/12 Nyon Third qualifying round
13.30CET, 10/08/12 Nyon Play-offs
13.00CET, 31/08/12 Monaco Group stage
14.00CET, 20/12/12 Nyon Round of 32, round of 16
12.40CET, 15/03/13 Nyon Quarter-finals
11.00CET, 12/04/13 Nyon Semi-finals

Match calendar
Stage Dates
First qualifying round, 1st leg 05/07/12
First qualifying round, 2nd leg 12/07/12
Second qualifying round, 1st leg 19/07/12
Second qualifying round, 2nd leg 26/07/12
Third qualifying round, 1st leg 02/08/12
Third qualifying round, 2nd leg 09/08/12
Play-off, 1st leg 23/08/12
Play-off, 2nd leg 30/08/12
Group stage, Matchday 1 20/09/12
Group stage, Matchday 2 04/10/12
Group stage, Matchday 3 25/10/12
Group stage, Matchday 4 08/11/12
Group stage, Matchday 5 22/11/12
Group stage, Matchday 6 06/12/12
Round of 32, 1st leg 14/02/13
Round of 32, 2nd leg 21/02/13
Round of 16, 1st leg 07/03/13
Round of 16 2nd leg 14/03/13
Quarter-finals, 1st leg 04/04/13
Quarter-finals, 2nd leg 11/04/13
Semi-finals, 1st leg 25/04/13
Semi-finals, 2nd leg 02/05/13
Final (Amsterdam ArenA) 15/05/13

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