29 June – 24 August 2017
14 September 2017 – 16 May 2018
|Teams||Competition proper: 48+8|
Total: 158+33 (expected)
The 2017–18 UEFA Europa League will be the 47th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 9th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.
The winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League will automatically qualify for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup.
Association team allocation
A total of 191 teams from all 55 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:
- Associations 1–51 (except Liechtenstein) each have three teams qualify.
- Associations 52–54 each have two teams qualify.
- Liechtenstein and Kosovo each have one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Kosovo as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee).
- Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.
Starting from this season, Gibraltar are granted two spots instead of one in the Europa League.Kosovo, who became a UEFA member on 3 May 2016, will make their debut in the UEFA Europa League, as long as their club passes the licensing requirements.
For the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2016 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2011–12 to 2015–16.
Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Europa League, as noted below:
- (CL) – Additional teams transferred from the Champions League
The table below shows the default access list.
|Teams entering in this round||Teams advancing from previous round||Teams transferred from Champions League|
|First qualifying round|
|Second qualifying round|
|Third qualifying round|
The access list above is provisional, as changes will need to be made in the following cases:
- If the Champions League title holders or the Europa League title holders have qualified for the Europa League through domestic performance, their berth in the Europa League will be vacated (not replaced by another team from the same association), and cup winners of the highest-ranked associations will be moved to a later round accordingly.
- If changes to the access list of the Champions League are made, the number of losers of the Champions League third qualifying round which are transferred to the Europa League may be increased or decreased from the default number of 15, which means changes to the access list of the Europa League will also need to be made.
- Because a maximum of five teams from one association can enter the Champions League, if both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders are from the same top three ranked association and finish outside the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of their association will be moved to the Europa League, which means changes to the access list of the Europa League will also need to be made.
A Europa League place is vacated when a team qualifies for both the Champions League and the Europa League, or qualifies for the Europa League by more than one method. When a place is vacated, it is redistributed within the national association by the following rules (regulations Articles 3.03 and 3.04):
- When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifier within the national association with the latest starting round) also qualify for the Champions League, their Europa League place is vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions qualify for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finish above them in the league moved up one "place".
- When the domestic cup winners also qualify for the Europa League through league position, their place through the league position is vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions qualify for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finish above them in the league moved up one "place" if possible.
- For associations where a Europa League place is reserved for the League Cup winners, they always qualify for the Europa League as the "lowest-placed" qualifier. If the League Cup winners have already qualified for European competitions through other methods, this reserved Europa League place is taken by the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions.
The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:
- CW: Cup winners
- 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
- LC: League Cup winners
- RW: Regular season winners
- PW: End-of-season European competition play-offs winners
- UCL: Transferred from the Champions League
- GS: Third-placed teams from the group stage
- PO: Losers from the play-off round
- Q3: Losers from the third qualifying round
- ^ Bulgaria (BUL): On 29 May 2017 a UEFA letter to the Bulgarian Football Union declared that CSKA Sofia, the runners-up of the 2016–17 First Professional Football League, were not allowed to compete in the Europa League as they were considered to have been re-formed as a new club and thus did not pass the "three-year rule". As this decision was appealed by CSKA Sofia, the Bulgarian Football Union granted a license to them subject to legal proceedings. A few hours prior to the Europa League first qualifying round draw, UEFA replaced them with Dunav Ruse, the fourth-placed team of the league.
- ^ Kosovo (KOS): Besa Pejë would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the winners of the 2016–17 Kosovar Cup, but failed to obtain a UEFA license. As a result, the berth was given to the runners-up of the 2016–17 Football Superleague of Kosovo, Prishtina.
- ^ Malta (MLT): Birkirkara would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the third-placed team of the 2016–17 Maltese Premier League, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to the fourth-placed team of the league, Valletta.
- ^ Republic of Ireland (IRL): Derry City are a club based in Northern Ireland, but will participate in the Europa League through one of the berths for the Republic of Ireland (any coefficient points they earn count toward Republic of Ireland and not Northern Ireland).
- ^ Romania (ROU): Voluntari would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round as the winners of 2016–17 Cupa României, and CFR Cluj would have qualified for the second qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2016–17 Liga I, but both failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the third qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, CS U Craiova, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the sixth-placed team of the league, Astra Giurgiu.
Round and draw dates
The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).
|Phase||Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|Qualifying||First qualifying round||19 June 2017||29 June 2017||6 July 2017|
|Second qualifying round||13 July 2017||20 July 2017|
|Third qualifying round||14 July 2017||27 July 2017||3 August 2017|
|Play-off||Play-off round||4 August 2017||17 August 2017||24 August 2017|
|Group stage||Matchday 1||25 August 2017|
|14 September 2017|
|Matchday 2||28 September 2017|
|Matchday 3||19 October 2017|
|Matchday 4||2 November 2017|
|Matchday 5||23 November 2017|
|Matchday 6||7 December 2017|
|Knockout phase||Round of 32||11 December 2017||15 February 2018||22 February 2018|
|Round of 16||23 February 2018||8 March 2018||15 March 2018|
|Quarter-finals||16 March 2018||5 April 2018||12 April 2018|
|Semi-finals||13 April 2018||26 April 2018||3 May 2018|
|Final||16 May 2018 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu|
Matches in the qualifying, play-off, and knockout rounds may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.
In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients, and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
First qualifying round
The first legs were played on 29 June, and the second legs were played on 4 and 6 July 2017.
Second qualifying round
The first legs were played on 12 and 13 July, and the second legs were played on 20 July 2017.
Third qualifying round
The first legs were played on 27 July, and the second legs were played on 2 and 3 August 2017.
- ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.
A total of 44 teams will play in the play-off round: the 29 winners of the third qualifying round, and the 15 losers of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Prior to the draw the participating teams were placed in two groups with five seeded and five unseeded teams (groups 1–2) and two groups with six seeded and six unseeded teams (groups 3–4), depending on their UEFA club coefficient. (Note: The numbers for each team were pre-assigned by UEFA so that the draw could be held in one run for the groups with ten teams and another run for the groups with twelve teams.)
|Group 1||Group 2|
|Group 3||Group 4|
The first legs were played on 16 and 17 August, and the second legs were played on 24 August 2017.
|Team #1||Agg.||Team #2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Osijek||2–2 (a)||Austria Wien||1–2||1–0|
|Krasnodar||4–4 (a)[D]||Red Star Belgrade||3–2||1–2|
|Club Brugge||0–3||AEK Athens||0–0||0–3|
|Viitorul Constanța||1–7||Red Bull Salzburg||1–3||0–4|
|Rheindorf Altach||2–3||Maccabi Tel Aviv||0–1||2–2|
|BATE Borisov||3–2||FC Oleksandriya||1–1||2–1|
|Dinamo Zagreb||1–1 (a)||Skënderbeu Korçë||1–1||0–0|
|Ludogorets Razgrad||2–0||Sūduva Marijampolė||2–0||0–0|
|Utrecht||1–2||Zenit Saint Petersburg||1–0||0–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Legia Warsaw||1–1 (a)||Sheriff Tiraspol||1–1||0–0|
|Viktoria Plzeň||3–1||AEK Larnaca||3–1||0–0|
- Main article: 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage
The draw for the group stage was held on 25 August 2017, 13:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The 48 teams were drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients.
In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays are 14 September, 28 September, 19 October, 2 November, 23 November, and 7 December 2017.
A total of 29 national associations are represented in the group stage. Arsenal, Atalanta, Fastav Zlín, 1899 Hoffenheim, İstanbul Başakşehir, 1. FC Köln, Lugano, Milan, Östersund, Real Sociedad, Red Star Belgrade, Vardar and Vitesse will make their debut appearances in the UEFA Europa League group stage (although Milan and Red Star Belgrade had appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage). Vardar will be the first team from Macedonia to play in either the Champions League or Europa League group stage.
|Villarreal||6||3||2||1||10||6||+4||11||Advance to knockout phase|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||6||1||1||4||1||8||−7||4|
|Dynamo Kyiv||6||4||1||1||15||9||+6||13||Advance to knockout phase|
|Braga||6||3||1||2||9||8||+1||10||Advance to knockout phase|
|Milan||6||3||2||1||13||6||+7||11||Advance to knockout phase|
|Atalanta||6||4||2||0||14||4||+10||14||Advance to knockout phase|
|Lokomotiv Moscow||6||3||2||1||9||4||+5||11||Advance to knockout phase|
|Viktoria Plzeň||6||4||0||2||13||8||+5||12||Advance to knockout phase|
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva||6||1||1||4||5||10||−5||4|
|Arsenal||6||4||1||1||14||4||+10||13||Advance to knockout phase|
|Red Star Belgrade||6||2||3||1||3||2||+1||9|
|1. FC Köln||6||2||0||4||7||8||−1||6|
|Red Bull Salzburg||6||3||3||0||7||1||+6||12||Advance to knockout phase|
|Vitória de Guimarães||6||1||2||3||5||9||−4||5|
|Athletic Bilbao||6||3||2||1||8||5||+3||11||Advance to knockout phase|
|Lazio||6||4||1||1||12||7||+5||13||Advance to knockout phase|
|Zenit Saint Petersburg||6||5||1||0||17||5||+12||16||Advance to knockout phase|
- Main article: 2017–18 UEFA Europa League knockout phase
In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:
- In the draw for the round of 32, the twelve group winners and the four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage with the better group records are seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
- In the draws for the round of 16 onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.
Round of 32
The first legs will be played on 15 February, and the second legs will be played on 22 February 2018.
Round of 16
The first legs will be played on 8 March, and the second legs will be played on 15 March 2018.
The first legs will be played on 5 April, and the second legs will be played on 12 April 2018.
The first legs will be played on 26 April, and the second legs will be played on 3 May 2018.
- Main article: 2018 UEFA Europa League Final
The 2018 UEFA Europa League Final will be played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu on 16 May 2018. The "home" team for the final (for administrative purposes) will be determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.
| 16 May 2018|
|Marseille||0–3||Atlético Madrid|| Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu|
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
|Report|| Griezmann 21', 49'|
Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.
Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.
- As of 14 September 2017
|2||Aleksandr Kokorin||Zenit Saint Petersburg||2||64|
|Constantin Budescu||Steaua București||83|
|Diego Llorente||Real Sociedad||90|
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