2018–19 UEFA Europa League
26 June – 30 August 2018
20 September 2018 – 29 May 2019
|Teams||Competition proper: 48+8|
Total: 158+55 (from 55 associations)
|Goals scored||144 (3 per match)|
|Attendance||482,327 (10,048 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Moanes Dabour|
(3 goals each)
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. 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.
- 1 Format changes
- 2 Round and draw dates
- 3 Group stage
- 4 Knockout stage
- 5 References
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. 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.
|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
|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]
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.
- Arsenal CC: 93.000
- Chelsea CC: 82.000
- Bayer Leverkusen CC: 66.000
- Villarreal CC: 52.000
- Anderlecht CC: 48.000
- Lazio CC: 41.000
- Sporting CP CC: 40.000
- Marseille CC: 32.000
- Milan CC: 28.000
- Krasnodar CC: 23.500
- Real Betis CC: TBD (21.342)
- Eintracht Frankfurt CC: 14.285
- Rennes CC: 11.283
- Vorskla Poltava CC: 8.226
- Slavia Prague CC: 7.500 or third-placed team of 2017–18 Czech First League
- Akhisar Belediyespor CC: 7.160
- Winners of 2017–18 Swiss Cup
Group A[change | change source]
|1||Bayer Leverkusen||2||2||0||0||7||4||+3||6||Advance to knockout phase||—||8 Nov||29 Nov||4–2|
|2||Zürich||2||2||0||0||2||0||+2||6||25 Oct||—||1–0||29 Nov|
|3||Ludogorets Razgrad||2||0||0||2||2||4||−2||0||2–3||13 Dec||—||8 Nov|
|4||AEK Larnaca||2||0||0||2||2||5||−3||0||13 Dec||0–1||25 Oct||—|
Group B[change | change source]
|1||Red Bull Salzburg||2||2||0||0||6||3||+3||6||Advance to knockout phase||—||29 Nov||3–1||25 Oct|
|2||RB Leipzig||2||1||0||1||5||4||+1||3||2–3||—||25 Oct||13 Dec|
|3||Celtic||2||1||0||1||2||3||−1||3||13 Dec||8 Nov||—||1–0|
|4||Rosenborg||2||0||0||2||1||4||−3||0||8 Nov||1–3||29 Nov||—|
Group C[change | change source]
|1||Zenit Saint Petersburg||2||1||1||0||2||1||+1||4[a]||Advance to knockout phase||—||29 Nov||1–0||25 Oct|
|2||Copenhagen||2||1||1||0||3||2||+1||4[a]||1–1||—||25 Oct||13 Dec|
|3||Slavia Prague||2||1||0||1||1||1||0||3||13 Dec||8 Nov||—||1–0|
|4||Bordeaux||2||0||0||2||1||3||−2||0||8 Nov||1–2||29 Nov||—|
- Head-to-head away goals: Zenit Saint Petersburg 1, Copenhagen 0.
Group D[change | change source]
|1||Dinamo Zagreb||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||6||Advance to knockout phase||—||4–1||8 Nov||13 Dec|
|2||Fenerbahçe||2||1||0||1||3||4||−1||3[a]||29 Nov||—||2–0||8 Nov|
|3||Spartak Trnava||2||1||0||1||1||2||−1||3[a]||25 Oct||13 Dec||—||1–0|
|4||Anderlecht||2||0||0||2||0||3||−3||0||0–2||25 Oct||29 Nov||—|
- Head-to-head points: Fenerbahçe 3, Spartak Trnava 0.
Group E[change | change source]
|1||Arsenal||2||2||0||0||7||2||+5||6||Advance to knockout phase||—||8 Nov||4–2||13 Dec|
|2||Sporting CP||2||2||0||0||4||1||+3||6||25 Oct||—||13 Dec||2–0|
|3||Vorskla Poltava||2||0||0||2||3||6||−3||0||29 Nov||1–2||—||8 Nov|
|4||Qarabağ||2||0||0||2||0||5||−5||0||0–3||29 Nov||25 Oct||—|
Group F[change | change source]
|1||Milan||2||2||0||0||4||1||+3||6||Advance to knockout phase||—||25 Oct||3–1||29 Nov|
|2||Real Betis||2||1||1||0||3||0||+3||4||8 Nov||—||29 Nov||3–0|
|3||Olympiacos||2||0||1||1||1||3||−2||1||13 Dec||0–0||—||8 Nov|
|4||F91 Dudelange||2||0||0||2||0||4||−4||0||0–1||13 Dec||25 Oct||—|
Group G[change | change source]
|1||Rangers||2||1||1||0||5||3||+2||4||Advance to knockout phase||—||3–1||29 Nov||25 Oct|
|2||Rapid Wien||2||1||0||1||3||3||0||3||13 Dec||—||8 Nov||2–0|
|3||Villarreal||2||0||2||0||5||5||0||2||2–2||25 Oct||—||13 Dec|
|4||Spartak Moscow||2||0||1||1||3||5||−2||1||8 Nov||29 Nov||3–3||—|
Group H[change | change source]
|1||Eintracht Frankfurt||2||2||0||0||6||2||+4||6||Advance to knockout phase||—||4–1||29 Nov||25 Oct|
|2||Lazio||2||1||0||1||3||5||−2||3||13 Dec||—||8 Nov||2–1|
|3||Marseille||2||0||1||1||3||4||−1||1[a]||1–2||25 Oct||—||13 Dec|
|4||Apollon Limassol||2||0||1||1||3||4||−1||1[a]||8 Nov||29 Nov||2–2||—|
- Head-to-head away goals: Marseille 2, Apollon Limassol 0.
Group I[change | change source]
|1||Sarpsborg 08||2||1||0||1||4||4||0||3||Advance to knockout phase||—||3–1||29 Nov||25 Oct|
|2||Genk||2||1||0||1||3||3||0||3[a]||13 Dec||—||8 Nov||2–0|
|3||Beşiktaş||2||1||0||1||3||3||0||3[a]||3–1||25 Oct||—||13 Dec|
|4||Malmö FF||2||1||0||1||2||2||0||3||8 Nov||29 Nov||2–0||—|
- Away goals in all group matches: Genk 1, Beşiktaş 0.
Group J[change | change source]
|1||Krasnodar||2||2||0||0||3||1||+2||6||Advance to knockout phase||—||2–1||8 Nov||29 Nov|
|2||Sevilla||2||1||0||1||6||3||+3||3[a]||13 Dec||—||5–1||25 Oct|
|3||Standard Liège||2||1||0||1||3||6||−3||3[a]||25 Oct||29 Nov||—||2–1|
|4||Akhisarspor||2||0||0||2||1||3||−2||0||0–1||8 Nov||13 Dec||—|
- Head-to-head points: Sevilla 3, Standard Liège 0.
Group K[change | change source]
|1||Astana||2||1||1||0||4||2||+2||4||Advance to knockout phase||—||2–0||29 Nov||8 Nov|
|2||Rennes||2||1||0||1||2||3||−1||3||13 Dec||—||25 Oct||2–1|
|3||Dynamo Kyiv||2||0||2||0||4||4||0||2||2–2||8 Nov||—||13 Dec|
|4||Jablonec||2||0||1||1||3||4||−1||1||25 Oct||29 Nov||2–2||—|
Group L[change | change source]
|1||Chelsea||2||2||0||0||2||0||+2||6||Advance to knockout phase||—||29 Nov||25 Oct||1–0|
|2||PAOK||2||1||0||1||4||2||+2||3[a]||0–1||—||13 Dec||25 Oct|
|3||BATE Borisov||2||1||0||1||3||4||−1||3[a]||8 Nov||1–4||—||29 Nov|
|4||MOL Vidi||2||0||0||2||0||3||−3||0||13 Dec||8 Nov||0–2||—|
- Head-to-head points: PAOK 3, BATE Borisov 0.
Knockout stage[change | change source]
- 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]
|29 May 2019
|TBD||v||TBD||Olympic Stadium, Baku|
References[change | change source]
- "Baku to host 2019 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
- "Evolution of UEFA club competitions for 2018–21 cycle". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- "2018/19 Europa League match and draw calendar". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
- "2018/19 UEFA Europa League regulations" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.