All you need to know: #UEL play-off draw

The groups and seedings have been confirmed for today's UEFA Europa League play-off draw, with the 44 hopefuls set to learn their fate from 13:00CET. Watch live on UEFA.com.

The UEFA Europa League play-off draw takes place on Friday
The UEFA Europa League play-off draw takes place on Friday ©Sportsfile

When and where is the draw?

The draw begins at 13:00CET on Friday 4 August. It will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon and will be streamed live on UEFA.com. Note: the draw has now been made.

Who is involved in the draw?

Group 1
Seeded
AC Milan (ITA) 47.666
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 67.526*
Krasnodar (RUS) 32.106
Club Brugge (BEL) 39.480*
Austria Wien (AUT) 17.070

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Unseeded
Marítimo (POR) 14.866
Crvena zvezda (SRB) 7.325
AEK Athens (GRE) 6.580*
Osijek (CRO) 5.550
Shkëndija (MKD) 3.375

Group 2
Seeded
Athletic Club (ESP) 60.999
Salzburg (AUT) 40.570*
Braga (POR) 37.366
Everton (ENG) 29.192
Midtjylland (DEN) 16.300

Unseeded
Vitorul (ROU) 5.870*
FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) 6.175*
Hajduk Split (CRO) 11.550
Apollon Limassol (CYP) 10.710
Panathinaikos (GRE) 15.080

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Watch how Ajax lost the 2016/17 final

Group 3
Seeded
Ajax (NED) 67.212*
Fenerbahçe (TUR) 51.840
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) 34.175*
BATE Borisov (BLR) 29.475*
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 26.050
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) 23.375

Unseeded
Rosenborg (NOR) 12.665*
Oleksandriya (UKR) 9.526
Skënderbeu (ALB) 6.825
Altach (AUT) 6.570
Vardar (MKD) 5.125*
Sūduva (LTU) 1.825

Group 4
Seeded
Partizan (SRB) 16.075*
Marseille (FRA) 28.333
PAOK (GRE) 35.080
Legia Warszawa (POL) 28.450*
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) 40.635*
Zenit (RUS) 87.106

Unseeded
Videoton (HUN) 8.650
Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA) 11.150*
AEK Larnaca (CYP) 6.210
Utrecht (NED) 6.712
Domžale (SVN) 4.125
Östersund (SWE) 3.945

*Transferred from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round

The UEFA Europa League trophy
The UEFA Europa League trophy©Sportsfile

How will the draw work?

Clubs are seeded according to their coefficient and are split into groups. All the clubs within each group are ordered randomly and identified by a number.

For each group of clubs, two bowls will be prepared, one containing balls with slips of paper numbered for the seeded teams and the other containing balls with slips of paper for the unseeded teams.

A ball will be taken from each bowl and placed into an empty third bowl in the middle, where they will be shuffled. One of the two balls is drawn at random, then opened to display the number it contains, denoting the side playing at home in the first leg.

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Highlights: Everton's 1985 European glory

The second ball is drawn to complete the pairing. This procedure then applies throughout. The same procedure is carried out with the remaining balls to complete all the pairings.

When are the ties?

The ties are played on 17 and 24 August.

What comes next?

The 22 winners go into the group stage draw in Monaco at 13:00CET on Friday 25 August, along with 16 automatic entrants and the ten teams defeated in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

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