2021-22 UEFA Europa League
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2021%E2%80%9322 UEFA Europa League

2021-22 UEFA Europa League
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The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
3-26 August 2021
Competition proper:
15 September 2021 - 18 May 2022
TeamsCompetition proper: 32+8
Total: 21+37 (from 32-35 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored38 (2.38 per match)
Attendance294,217 (18,389 per match)
Top scorer(s)Nigeria Victor Osimhen
Spain Juanmi
(2 goals each)
2020-21
2022-23
All statistics correct as of 16 September 2021.

The 2021-22 UEFA Europa League is the 51st season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 13th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The final will be played at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville, Spain. It was originally scheduled to be played at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, Hungary.[1] However, due to the postponement and relocation of the 2020 final, the final hosts were shifted back a year, with Budapest instead hosting the 2023 final.[2] The winners of the tournament will automatically qualify for the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League group stage, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League in the 2022 UEFA Super Cup.

This season is the first since 1998-99 (the last season when the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was played) where three major European club competitions (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and the newly-created UEFA Europa Conference League) take place, and the first outright where the Europa League (then the UEFA Cup) is the secondary competition of the three. As a result, major changes to the format of the Europa League were made. The number of teams in the group stage are reduced from 48 to 32 teams, and the number of teams participating in qualifying are also reduced significantly. The first round of the knockout phase also now involves only the group stage runners-up and the Champions League third-placed teams, with the group winners directly advancing to the round of 16.[3]

On 24 June 2021, UEFA approved the proposal to abolish the away goals rule in all UEFA club competitions, which had been used since 1965. Therefore, if in a two-legged tie, two teams score the same number of aggregate goals, the winner of tie will not be decided by the number of away goals scored by each team, but always by 30 minutes of extra time, and if the two teams score the same number of goals in extra time, the winner will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.[4]

As the title holders of the Europa League, Villarreal qualified for the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League. They will be unable to defend their title unless they finish third in the Champions League group stage and are transferred to the Europa League.

Association team allocation

A total of 58 teams from between 31 and 36 of the 55 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2021-22 UEFA Europa League. Among them, 16 associations have teams directly qualifying for the Europa League, while for the other 39 associations that do not have any teams directly qualifying, between 15 and 20 of them may have teams playing after being transferred from the Champions League (the only member association which cannot have a participant is Liechtenstein, which does not organise a domestic league, and can only enter their cup winner into the Europa Conference League given their association ranking). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[5]

  • Associations 1-5 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 6-15 each have one team qualify.
    • As the UEFA Europa Conference League title holders' berth is not used this season, association 16 have one of their teams promoted from the Europa Conference League to the Europa League, so they also have one team qualify.
  • Moreover, 37 teams eliminated from the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.
  • In future seasons, the title holders of the UEFA Europa Conference League will be given an additional entry in the Europa League. However, this berth is not used for this season as the first edition of the UEFA Europa Conference League has not been held.

Association ranking

For the 2021-22 UEFA Europa League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2020 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2015-16 to 2019-20.[6]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Europa League, as noted below:

  • (UCL) - Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League
Association ranking for 2021-22 UEFA Europa League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1  Spain 102.283 2
2  England 90.462
3  Germany 74.784
4  Italy 70.653
5  France 59.248 +1 (UCL)
6  Portugal 49.449 1
7  Russia 45.549 +1 (UCL)
8  Belgium 37.900 +1 (UCL)
9  Ukraine 36.100
10  Netherlands 35.750 +1 (UCL)
11  Turkey 33.600 +1 (UCL)
12  Austria 32.925 +1 (UCL)
13  Denmark 29.250 +2 (UCL)
14  Scotland 27.875 +2 (UCL)
15  Czech Republic 27.300 +2 (UCL)
16  Cyprus 26.750 +1 (UCL)
17   Switzerland 26.400 0
18  Greece 26.300 +1 (UCL)
19  Serbia 25.500 +1 (UCL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20  Croatia 24.875 0 +1 (UCL)
21  Sweden 22.750
22  Norway 21.750
23  Israel 19.625
24  Kazakhstan 19.250 +1 (UCL)
25  Belarus 18.875
26  Azerbaijan 18.750 +1 (UCL)
27  Bulgaria 17.375 +1 (UCL)
28  Romania 16.700 +1 (UCL)
29  Poland 16.625 +1 (UCL)
30  Slovakia 15.875 +1 (UCL)
31  Liechtenstein 13.500
32  Slovenia 13.000 +1 (UCL)
33  Hungary 12.875 +1 (UCL)
34  Luxembourg 8.000
35  Lithuania 7.875 +1 (UCL)
36  Armenia 7.625 +1 (UCL)
37  Latvia 7.625
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38  Albania 7.375 0
39  North Macedonia 7.375
40  Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.875
41  Moldova 6.750
42  Republic of Ireland 6.700
43  Finland 6.500 +1 (UCL)
44  Georgia 5.750
45  Malta 5.750
46  Iceland 5.375
47  Wales 5.000
48  Northern Ireland 4.875
49  Gibraltar 4.750 +1 (UCL)
50  Montenegro 4.375
51  Estonia 4.375 +1 (UCL)
52  Kosovo 4.000
53  Faroe Islands 3.750
54  Andorra 2.831
55  San Marino 0.666

Distribution

The following is the access list for this season.[7] In the default access list, the title holders of the Europa Conference League qualify for the group stage. However, since this berth is not used for this season, the following changes to the access list were made:

  • The cup winners of association 7 (Russia) enter the group stage instead of the play-off round.
  • The cup winners of association 13 (Denmark) enter the play-off round instead of the third qualifying round.
  • The cup winners of association 16 (Cyprus) enter the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.
Access list for 2021-22 UEFA Europa League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
Third qualifying round
(16 teams)
Champions Path
(10 teams)
  • 10 teams eliminated from Champions League second qualifying round (Champions Path)
Main Path
(6 teams)
  • 3 domestic cup winners from association 14-16
  • 3 teams eliminated from Champions League second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round
(20 teams)
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 8-13
  • 5 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path)
  • 3 winners from the third qualifying round (Main Path)
  • 6 teams eliminated from Champions League third qualifying round (Champions Path)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • 7 domestic cup winners from associations 1-7
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 5
  • 4 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1-4[1]
  • 10 winners from the play-off round
  • 4 teams eliminated from Champions League play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 teams eliminated from Champions League play-off round (League Path)
  • 4 teams eliminated from Champions League third qualifying round (League Path)
Preliminary knockout round
(16 teams)
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage
  • 8 group third-placed teams from Champions League group stage
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 winners from the preliminary knockout round

Teams

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • CW: Cup winners
  • 4th, 5th, etc.: League position of the previous season
  • UCL: Transferred from the Champions League
    • GS: Third-placed teams from the group stage
    • CH/LP PO: Losers from the play-off round (Champions/League Path)
    • CH/LP Q3: Losers from the third qualifying round (Champions/League Path)
    • CH/LP Q2: Losers from the second qualifying round (Champions/League Path)

The third qualifying round is divided into Champions Path (CH) and Main Path (MP).

CC: 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[8]

Schedule

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[9] Matches are scheduled for Thursdays apart from the final, which takes place on a Wednesday, though exceptionally can take place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays due to scheduling conflicts. Scheduled kick-off times starting from the group stage are 18:45 (instead of 18:55 previously) and 21:00 CEST/CET, though exceptionally can take place at 16:30 due to geographical reasons.[10]

All draws start at 13:00 or 13:30 CEST/CET and are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. On 16 July 2021, UEFA announced that the group stage draw will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.[11]

Schedule for 2021-22 UEFA Europa League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Third qualifying round 19 July 2021 5 August 2021 12 August 2021
Play-offs 2 August 2021 19 August 2021 26 August 2021
Group stage Matchday 1 27 August 2021 16 September 2021
Matchday 2 30 September 2021
Matchday 3 21 October 2021
Matchday 4 4 November 2021
Matchday 5 25 November 2021
Matchday 6 9 December 2021
Knockout phase Knockout round play-offs 13 December 2021 17 February 2022 24 February 2022
Round of 16 25 February 2022 10 March 2022 17 March 2022
Quarter-finals 18 March 2022 7 April 2022 14 April 2022
Semi-finals 28 April 2022 5 May 2022
Final 18 May 2022 at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville

Qualifying rounds

Third qualifying round

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 19 July 2021, 13:00 CEST.[12] The first legs were played on 3 and 5 August, and the second legs were played on 10 and 12 August 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the play-off round. The losers were transferred to the Europa Conference League play-off round of their respective path.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Omonia Cyprus 2-2 (5-4 p) Estonia Flora 1-0 1-2 (a.e.t.)
Mura Slovenia 1-0 Lithuania ?algiris 0-0 1-0
Kairat Kazakhstan 2-3 Armenia Alashkert 0-0 2-3 (a.e.t.)
Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar 2-4 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 1-3 1-1
Neftçi Baku Azerbaijan 2-5 Finland HJK 2-2 0-3
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
Jablonec Czech Republic 2-7 Scotland Celtic 2-4 0-3
Rapid Wien Austria 4-2 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 3-0 1-2
Galatasaray Turkey 5-3 Scotland St Johnstone 1-1 4-2

Play-off round

The draw for the play-off round was held on 2 August 2021, 13:00 CEST.[13] The first legs were played on 17, 18 and 19 August, and the second legs were played on 26 August 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the group stage. The losers were transferred to the Europa Conference League group stage.

Group stage

Location of teams of the 2021-22 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D;
Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group G; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group H.

The draw for the group stage was held on 27 August 2021, 12:00 CEST (13:00 TRT), in Istanbul, Turkey.[11][14] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots, each of eight teams, based on their 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[8] Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group. Prior to the draw, UEFA formed pairings of teams from the same association, including those playing in the Europa Conference League group stage (one pairing for associations with two or three teams, two pairings for associations with four or five teams), based on television audiences, where one team was drawn into Groups A-D and another team was drawn into Groups E-H, so that the two teams would have different kick-off times.[15]

The matches will be played on 15-16 September, 30 September, 19-21 October, 4 November, 24-25 November, and 9 December 2021. The winners of each group will advance to the round of 16, while the runners-up will advance to the knockout round play-offs. The third-placed teams will be transferred to the Europa Conference League knockout round play-offs, while the fourth-placed teams will be eliminated from European competitions for the season.

Brøndby and West Ham United will make their debut appearances in the Europa League group stage (although Brøndby had previously appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LYO SPP BRO RAN
1 France Lyon 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to round of 16 4 Nov 30 Sep 9 Dec
2 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 21 Oct 9 Dec 30 Sep
3 Denmark Brøndby 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 25 Nov 0-0 4 Nov
4 Scotland Rangers 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 0-2 25 Nov 21 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Disciplinary points: Sparta Prague -2, Brøndby -3.

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MON RSO PSV STU
1 France Monaco 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 25 Nov 4 Nov 1-0
2 Spain Real Sociedad 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 30 Sep 9 Dec 4 Nov
3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] 21 Oct 2-2 25 Nov
4 Austria Sturm Graz 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 9 Dec 21 Oct 30 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Real Sociedad 2, PSV Eindhoven 0.

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LEG NAP LEI SPM
1 Poland Legia Warsaw 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 4 Nov 30 Sep 9 Dec
2 Italy Napoli 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 21 Oct 9 Dec 30 Sep
3 England Leicester City 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] 25 Nov 2-2 4 Nov
4 Russia Spartak Moscow 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 0-1 24 Nov 20 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 15 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Napoli 2, Leicester City 0.

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification OLY FEN FRA ANT
1 Greece Olympiacos 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 25 Nov 4 Nov 2-1
2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 30 Sep 9 Dec 21 Oct
3 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] 21 Oct 1-1 25 Nov
4 Belgium Antwerp 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 9 Dec 4 Nov 30 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Fenerbahçe 1, Eintracht Frankfurt 0.

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GAL MAR LOK LAZ
1 Turkey Galatasaray 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 25 Nov 4 Nov 1-0
2 France Marseille 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 30 Sep 9 Dec 4 Nov
3 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] 21 Oct 1-1 25 Nov
4 Italy Lazio 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 9 Dec 21 Oct 30 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Marseille 1, Lokomotiv Moscow 0.

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RSB LUD MID BRA
1 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 25 Nov 4 Nov 2-1
2 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 30 Sep 9 Dec 21 Oct
3 Denmark Midtjylland 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] 21 Oct 1-1 25 Nov
4 Portugal Braga 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 9 Dec 4 Nov 30 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Ludogorets Razgrad 1, Midtjylland 0.

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BET LEV CEL FER
1 Spain Real Betis 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 21 Oct 4-3 25 Nov
2 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Advance to preliminary knockout round 4 Nov 25 Nov 2-1
3 Scotland Celtic 1 0 0 1 3 4 −1 0 9 Dec 30 Sep 19 Oct
4 Hungary Ferencváros 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 30 Sep 9 Dec 4 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification WHU GNK RWI DZA
1 England West Ham United 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to round of 16 21 Oct 30 Sep 9 Dec
2 Belgium Genk 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Advance to preliminary knockout round 4 Nov 9 Dec 30 Sep
3 Austria Rapid Wien 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 25 Nov 0-1 21 Oct
4 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 0-2 25 Nov 4 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Statistics

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorers

Rank[16] Player Team Goals Minutes played
1 Spain Juanmi Spain Real Betis 2 90
Nigeria Victor Osimhen Italy Napoli

Top assists

Rank[17] Player Team Assists Minutes played
1 Spain Joseba Zaldúa Spain Real Sociedad 2 79

See also

References

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