Article 17 Match system – round of 32, round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals - 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
17.01

In the round of 32, the 24 clubs that qualify from the group stage are joined by the 8 clubs that finish the UEFA Champions League group stage in third place (see Paragraph 3.06).

17.02

The round of 32 pairings are determined by means of a draw in accordance with the following principles:

  1. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

  2. The 12 UEFA Europa League group-winners and the 4 best third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage are drawn against the 12 UEFA Europa League group runners-up and the remaining third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

  3. The winners and runners-up of the same group cannot be drawn against each other.

  4. The UEFA Europa League group-winners and the four best third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage play the return leg at home.

17.03

The 16 winners of the round of 32 contest the round of 16, for which the pairings are determined by means of a draw.

17.04

The eight winners of the round of 16 contest the quarter-finals. The quarter-final pairings are determined by means of a draw.

17.05

The four winners of the quarter-finals contest the semi-finals. The semi-final pairings are determined by means of a draw.

17.06

The round of 32, round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals are played under the knockout system, on a home-and-away basis (two legs).

17.07

The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches qualifies for the next stage. Otherwise, the stipulations of Article 19 apply.