The third qualifying round now consists of two paths: champions and main.
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13:00CET, 23 July, Nyon
- Matches 9 & 16 August
- The ten teams eliminated from the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round champions path will join the ten teams advancing from the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round champions path (including the club given a bye).
- The ten teams eliminated from the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round champions path will be seeded and drawn against the other ten contenders.
- The draw will involve the 13 teams entering at this stage, the 37 second qualifying round main path winners and the two teams eliminated from the league path of the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.
- The clubs will be ranked according to their coefficient (teams from ties yet to be played will take the coefficient of the seeded team in each) and further split into seeding groups.
- Each side in each seeding group is allocated a number. Balls containing the seeded teams' numbers are placed in one bowl, with balls for the unseeded teams' numbers (within the same sub-group of clubs) in another.
- A ball is taken from each bowl and put into a large empty bowl in the middle, where they are shuffled.
- The clubs whose numbers correspond to the first ball drawn play their first game at home, against the sides whose numbers match the next ball drawn.
Clubs' coefficients are now determined EITHER by the sum of all points won in the previous five years OR by the association coefficient over the same period – WHICHEVER IS THE HIGHER (under a new system introduced for 2018/19 onwards).