2018–19 UEFA Europa League

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2018–19 UEFA Europa League
Baku Olympic Stadium panorama 1.JPG
The Olympic Stadium in Baku will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
26 June – 30 August 2018
Competition proper:
20 September 2018 – 29 May 2019
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total: 158+55 (from 55 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played48
Goals scored144 (3 per match)
Attendance482,327 (10,048 per match)
Top scorer(s)Israel Moanes Dabour
Bosnia and Herzegovina Izet Hajrović
Germany Kai Havertz
(3 goals each)
All statistics correct as of 4 October 2018.


The 2018–19 UEFA Europa League will be the 48th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 10th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The final will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1] The winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League will automatically qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage, and also play against the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup.

Format changes[change | change source]

On 9 December 2016, UEFA confirmed the changing of plans for the UEFA Champions League for the 2018–2021 cycle, which was announced on 26 August 2016.[2][3] As per new rules, all teams that are eliminated in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds will get a second chance in the Europa League.

Round and draw dates[change | change source]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[4]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary Preliminary round 12 June 2018 28 June 2018 5 July 2018
Qualifying First qualifying round 19 June 2018 12 July 2018 19 July 2018
Second qualifying round 26 July 2018 2 August 2018
Third qualifying round 23 July 2018 9 August 2018 16 August 2018
Play-off Play-off round 6 August 2018 23 August 2018 30 August 2018
Group stage Matchday 1 31 August 2018
(Monaco)
20 September 2018
Matchday 2 4 October 2018
Matchday 3 25 October 2018
Matchday 4 8 November 2018
Matchday 5 29 November 2018
Matchday 6 13 December 2018
Knockout phase Round of 32 17 December 2018 14 February 2019 21 February 2019
Round of 16 22 February 2019 7 March 2019 14 March 2019
Quarter-finals 15 March 2019 11 April 2019 18 April 2019
Semi-finals 19 April 2019 2 May 2019 9 May 2019
Final 29 May 2019 at Olympic Stadium, Baku

Matches in the qualifying (including preliminary and play-off) and knockout rounds may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

Group stage[change | change source]

Location of teams of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Green pog.svg Green: Group B; DeepPink pog.svg Deep Pink: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D;.
Red pog.svg Red: Group E; Cyan pog.svg Cyan: Group F; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group G; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group H;.
Pink pog.svg Pink: Group I; Turquoise pog.svg Turquoise: Group J; SpringGreen pog.svg Spring Green: Group K; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group L.

The draw for the group stage will be held on 31 August 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The 48 teams are 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 are seeded into four pots based on their 2018 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 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays are 20 September, 4 October, 25 October, 8 November, 29 November, and 13 December 2018.

A total of 48 teams play in the group stage: 17 teams which enter in this stage, the 21 winners of the play-off round (eight from Champions Path, thirteen from Main Path), the six losers of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path), and the four League Path losers of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Group A[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LEV ZUR LUD LAR
1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2 2 0 0 7 4 +3 6 Advance to knockout phase 8 Nov 29 Nov 4–2
2 Switzerland Zürich 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 25 Oct 1–0 29 Nov
3 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0 2–3 13 Dec 8 Nov
4 Cyprus AEK Larnaca 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3 0 13 Dec 0–1 25 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group B[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAL RBL CEL ROS
1 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 6 Advance to knockout phase 29 Nov 3–1 25 Oct
2 Germany RB Leipzig 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 3 2–3 25 Oct 13 Dec
3 Scotland Celtic 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3 13 Dec 8 Nov 1–0
4 Norway Rosenborg 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 8 Nov 1–3 29 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group C[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZEN KOB SLP BOR
1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4[a] Advance to knockout phase 29 Nov 1–0 25 Oct
2 Denmark Copenhagen 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4[a] 1–1 25 Oct 13 Dec
3 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 13 Dec 8 Nov 1–0
4 France Bordeaux 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0 8 Nov 1–2 29 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head away goals: Zenit Saint Petersburg 1, Copenhagen 0.

Group D[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DZG FEN TRN AND
1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 8 Nov 13 Dec
2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3[a] 29 Nov 2–0 8 Nov
3 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 3[a] 25 Oct 13 Dec 1–0
4 Belgium Anderlecht 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 0–2 25 Oct 29 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head points: Fenerbahçe 3, Spartak Trnava 0.

Group E[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARS SPO VP QRB
1 England Arsenal 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 6 Advance to knockout phase 8 Nov 4–2 13 Dec
2 Portugal Sporting CP 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 25 Oct 13 Dec 2–0
3 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 2 0 0 2 3 6 −3 0 29 Nov 1–2 8 Nov
4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0 0–3 29 Nov 25 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group F[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MIL BET OLY DUD
1 Italy Milan 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Advance to knockout phase 25 Oct 3–1 29 Nov
2 Spain Real Betis 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 8 Nov 29 Nov 3–0
3 Greece Olympiacos 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1 13 Dec 0–0 8 Nov
4 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0 0–1 13 Dec 25 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group G[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RAN RW VIL SPM
1 Scotland Rangers 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 29 Nov 25 Oct
2 Austria Rapid Wien 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3 13 Dec 8 Nov 2–0
3 Spain Villarreal 2 0 2 0 5 5 0 2 2–2 25 Oct 13 Dec
4 Russia Spartak Moscow 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2 1 8 Nov 29 Nov 3–3
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group H[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification EIN LAZ MAR APL
1 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 6 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 29 Nov 25 Oct
2 Italy Lazio 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2 3 13 Dec 8 Nov 2–1
3 France Marseille 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1[a] 1–2 25 Oct 13 Dec
4 Cyprus Apollon Limassol 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1[a] 8 Nov 29 Nov 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head away goals: Marseille 2, Apollon Limassol 0.

Group I[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAR GNK BES MAL
1 Norway Sarpsborg 08 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 29 Nov 25 Oct
2 Belgium Genk 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3[a] 13 Dec 8 Nov 2–0
3 Turkey Beşiktaş 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3[a] 3–1 25 Oct 13 Dec
4 Sweden Malmö FF 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 8 Nov 29 Nov 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Away goals in all group matches: Genk 1, Beşiktaş 0.

Group J[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KRA SEV STL AKH
1 Russia Krasnodar 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 8 Nov 29 Nov
2 Spain Sevilla 2 1 0 1 6 3 +3 3[a] 13 Dec 5–1 25 Oct
3 Belgium Standard Liège 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3 3[a] 25 Oct 29 Nov 2–1
4 Turkey Akhisarspor 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0 0–1 8 Nov 13 Dec
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head points: Sevilla 3, Standard Liège 0.

Group K[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AST REN DKV JAB
1 Kazakhstan Astana 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 29 Nov 8 Nov
2 France Rennes 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3 13 Dec 25 Oct 2–1
3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2 0 2 0 4 4 0 2 2–2 8 Nov 13 Dec
4 Czech Republic Jablonec 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1 25 Oct 29 Nov 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group L[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHL PAOK BATE VID
1 England Chelsea 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 Advance to knockout phase 29 Nov 25 Oct 1–0
2 Greece PAOK 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3[a] 0–1 13 Dec 25 Oct
3 Belarus BATE Borisov 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3[a] 8 Nov 1–4 29 Nov
4 Hungary MOL Vidi 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 13 Dec 8 Nov 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 4 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head points: PAOK 3, BATE Borisov 0.

Knockout stage[change | change source]

In the knockout stage, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The rules 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[change | change source]

The draw for the round of 32 will be held on 17 December 2018. The first legs will be played on 14 February, and the second legs will be played on 21 February 2019.

Round of 16[change | change source]

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 22 February 2019. The first legs will be played on 7 March, and the second legs will be played on 14 March 2019.

Quarter-finals[change | change source]

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 15 March 2019. The first legs will be played on 11 April, and the second legs will be played on 18 April 2019.

Semi-finals[change | change source]

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 19 April 2019. The first legs will be played on 2 May, and the second legs will be played on 9 May 2019.

Final[change | change source]

The final will be played on 29 May 2019 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) will be determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

29 May 2019 (2019-05-29)
23:00 AZT
TBD v TBD Olympic Stadium, Baku

Match rules[5]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Twelve named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Baku to host 2019 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. "Evolution of UEFA club competitions for 2018–21 cycle". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. "2018/19 Europa League match and draw calendar". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. "2018/19 UEFA Europa League regulations" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.