2015/16 Europa League: All you need to know

Who are the 16 teams confirmed in the group stage? Where will the other 32 come from? When are the draws and matches? Where is the final? Get the lowdown.

Liverpool and Tottenham will both be in the group stage
Liverpool and Tottenham will both be in the group stage ©AFP/Getty Images

Who has qualified?
Of the 48 sides that will contest the group stage this autumn, 16 are already known: Villarreal CF, FC Augsburg, FC Schalke 04, Liverpool FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, ACF Fiorentina, SSC Napoli, SC Braga, Olympique de Marseille, FC Lokomotiv Moskva, FC Groningen, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, RSC Anderlecht, Beşiktaş JK, Asteras Tripolis FC, FC Sion.

Of the remaining 32 teams, 22 come from qualifying, which begins at the end of June and culminates in August's play-offs. Then there are ten teams that transfer from the UEFA Champions League after losing that competition's play-offs. The UEFA Europa League access list has not been finalised but you can see where teams from each country enter here.

Where is the final?
In September, Basel's St. Jakob-Park was selected to host the 2016 UEFA Europa League final. It is the first time the competition will conclude in Switzerland, though the old St. Jakob-Park (it was rebuilt for 2001) staged four European Cup Winners' Cup deciders.

St. Jakob-Park, Basel
St. Jakob-Park, Basel©Getty Images

When are the draws?

2015/16 UEFA Europa League draw schedule
Dates subject to change
Date Location Draw details
22/06/15 Nyon First and second qualifying round
17/07/15 Nyon Third qualifying round
07/08/15 Nyon Play-off round
28/08/15 Monaco Group stage
14/12/15 Nyon Round of 32
26/02/16 (tbc) Nyon Round of 16
18/03/16 Nyon Quarter-finals
15/04/16 Nyon Semi-finals and final

When are the matches?

2015/16 UEFA Europa League match calendar
Stage Dates
First qualifying round, first leg 02/07/15
First qualifying round, second leg 09/07/15
Second qualifying round, first leg 16/07/15
Second qualifying round, second leg 23/07/15
Third qualifying round, first leg 30/07/15
Third qualifying round, second leg 06/08/15
Play-off round, first leg 20/08/15
Play-off round, second leg 27/08/15
Group stage, matchday one 17/09/15
Group stage, matchday two 01/10/15
Group stage, matchday three 22/10/15
Group stage, matchday four 05/11/15
Group stage, matchday five 26/11/15
Group stage, matchday six 10/12/15
Round of 32, first leg 18/02/16
Round of 32, second leg 25/02/16
Round of 16, first leg 10/03/16
Round of 16, second leg 17/03/16
Quarter-finals, first leg 07/04/16
Quarter-finals, second leg 14/04/16
Semi-finals, first leg 28/04/16
Semi-finals, second leg 05/05/16
Final (St. Jakob-Park, Basel) 18/05/16

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