Article 13 Competition stages and seeding - Europa League

Regulations of the UEFA Europa League

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Competition Regulations
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Clubs
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UEL
FullSeasonYears
2020/21
EnforcementDate
24 September 2020
13.01

Matches in all stages of the competition are played in conformity with the IFAB Laws of the Game. The half-time interval lasts 15 minutes.

13.02

The competition stages are as follows (see Annex B):

  1. Qualifying phase, divided into:

    • main path, composed of:

      - preliminary round;

      - first qualifying round;

      - second qualifying round;

      - third qualifying round;

    • champions path, composed of:

      - second qualifying round;

      - third qualifying round;

  2. Play-offs (main path and champions path)

  3. UEFA Europa League, composed of:

    • group stage (six matchdays);

    • round of 32;

    • round of 16;

    • quarter-finals;

    • semi-finals;

    • final.

13.03

Clubs are seeded for the qualifying phase, the play-offs and the group stage, in accordance with the club coefficient rankings established at the beginning of the season (see Annex D) and with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee. In case the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League and/or the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League are not finalised at the time of the draw, the coefficient achieved at the time of the draw (including all matches played at the time of season 2019/20) will be used. If, for any reason, any of the participants in such rounds are not known at the time of the draw, the coefficient of the club with the higher coefficient of the two clubs involved in an undecided tie is used for the purposes of the draw.

13.04

For each round in the main path (preliminary round, qualifying rounds and play-offs), a draw between the same number of seeded and unseeded clubs determines the pairings, in accordance with the club coefficient rankings (see Annex D) and with Paragraph 13.03. The UEFA administration may form groups for the draw to avoid that clubs without an approved stadium are drawn against each other, in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

13.05

Clubs are seeded for each round in the champions path (second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-offs). Clubs entering the competition from the UEFA Champions League champions path are seeded for the round in which they enter the competition, based on the stage at which they were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, as follows:

  1. For the second qualifying round, the clubs eliminated in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League are seeded.

  2. For the third qualifying round, the clubs eliminated in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League are seeded.

  3. For the play-offs, the clubs eliminated in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League are seeded.

13.06

For each round in the champions path (second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-offs), a draw is held to determine the pairings. The UEFA administration may form groups for the draw to avoid that clubs without an approved stadium are drawn against each other, in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee. Seeded clubs are drawn against unseeded clubs until there are no seeded or no unseeded clubs left, at which point the draw becomes open and no seeding applies anymore.

13.07

The ties are determined by means of a draw. The club drawn first plays the tie at home, subject to the provisions of Paragraph 13.02 and Article 14 to Article 22.

13.08

For the group stage draw, the 48 clubs are seeded into four groups of 12 in accordance with the club coefficient rankings established at the beginning of the season (see Annex D) and with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee.

13.09

The UEFA administration may decide that a tie be played in one leg, if circumstances so require, and will set the principles for determining the winner accordingly.