Article 3 Entries for the competition - 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
3.01

UEFA member associations (hereinafter associations) may enter the winner of their national cup competition (hereinafter domestic cup), as well as a certain number of other clubs for the competition through their top domestic championship, in accordance with the association coefficient rankings, drawn up in accordance with Annex D. Only one single team per club may be entered.

3.02

Associations are represented on the following basis:

  1. one representative: winner of the domestic cup;

  2. two representatives: the winner of the domestic cup and the club which finishes the top domestic championship immediately below the club which qualifies for the UEFA Champions League;

  3. three representatives: the winner of the domestic cup and the two clubs which finish the top domestic championship immediately below the club(s) which qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

3.03

In special circumstances, the winner of another official domestic competition may be entered for the UEFA Europa League in place of the lowest ranking top domestic championship representative referred to in Paragraph 3.02(c), provided such a competition has been approved by UEFA before the start of the season in question (see Annex A).

3.04

If the winner of the domestic cup qualifies for the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League via the domestic championship, the highest ranking non-qualified domestic championship club qualifies for the UEFA Europa League at the stage initially reserved for the lowest ranking top domestic championship representative. If the winner of the domestic cup qualifies for UEFA Champions League, the access stage initially reserved for the domestic cup winner is reserved for the club which finishes the domestic championship in the highest position out of all the clubs which qualify for the UEFA Europa League from the association concerned (see Annex A). In both cases each representative of the domestic championship then enters the competition at the stage initially reserved for the domestic championship representative ranked immediately above it.

3.05

Clubs eliminated in the qualifying phase of the UEFA Champions League are admitted to the qualifying rounds and/or group stage of the UEFA Europa League as follows:

UEFA Champions League (UCL)

elimination stage

UEFA Europa League (UEL)

entry stage

Preliminary round of UCL champions path

2nd qualifying round of UEL champions path

1st qualifying round of UCL champions path

2nd qualifying round of UEL champions path

2nd qualifying round of UCL champions path

3rd qualifying round of UEL champions path

3rd qualifying round of UCL champions path

Play-offs of UEL champions path

Play-offs of UCL champions path

UEL group stage

2nd qualifying round of UCL league path

3rd qualifying round of UEL main path

3rd qualifying round of UCL league path

UEL group stage

Play-offs of UCL league path

UEL group stage

3.06

In addition, the eight clubs which finish the UEFA Champions League group stage in third place are admitted to the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

3.07

The UEFA Europa League titleholder is admitted to the UEFA Champions League group stage. If the UEFA Europa League titleholder qualifies for the UEFA Europa League through one of its domestic competitions, the number of places to which its association is entitled in the UEFA Europa League is decreased by one. The created vacancy is filled accordingly with priority for the UEFA Europa League given to domestic cup winners (in accordance with the entry stage as per the access list). The respective rounds of the qualifying phase that may have already been drawn or played at the moment the titleholder is determined will not be impacted.