A total of 48 clubs are involved in the group stage draw.
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31 August, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Who is involved in the draw?
- The 17 teams that have automatically qualified for this stage
- The 21 teams advancing from the play-off round
- The 6 teams defeated in the UEFA Champions League play-off round
- The 4 teams defeated in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round league path
Confirmed entries & coefficients
Arsenal (ENG) 93.000
Chelsea (ENG) 82.000
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 66.000
Villarreal (ESP) 52.000
Anderlecht (BEL) 48.000
Lazio (ITA) 41.000
Sporting CP (POR) 40.000 [or Aves 9.449 if they get a licence]
Marseille (FRA) 32.000
AC Milan (ITA) 28.000
Krasnodar (RUS) 23.5000
Real Betis (ESP) 21.399
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 14.285
Zürich (SUI) 12.000
Rennes (FRA) 11.283
Vorskla Poltava (UKR) 8.226
Akhisar Belediyespor (TUR) 7.160
Jablonec (CZE) 6.035
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).
How will the draw work?
The 48 entrants are split into four seeding pots based on their club coefficients, with each of the eventual 12 groups to contain one team from each seeding tier.
The 21 play-off winners, the ten losing teams from UEFA Champions League qualification and the 17 sides entering at this stage make up the 48 clubs that go into the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum.
No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure confirmed before the ceremony.
Road to Baku
20 September: Group stage, matchday one
4 October: Group stage, matchday two
25 October: Group stage, matchday three
8 November: Group stage, matchday four
29 November: Group stage, matchday five
13 December: Group stage, matchday six
17 December: Round of 32 draw
14 February: Round of 32 first leg
21 February: Round of 32, second leg
22 February: Round of 16 draw
7 March: Round of 16, first leg
14 March: Round of 16, second leg
15 March: Quarter-final & semi-final draw
11 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
18 April: Quarter-finals, second leg
2 May: Semi-finals, first leg
9 May: Semi-finals, second leg
Wednesday 29 May: Final – Olympic Stadium, Baku