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UEFA Europa League
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data publikacji: 16 grudnia 2019 r.

UEFA Europa League is an international football club competition, organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), which includes the best teams of the national top-level competitions, excluding those teams that participate in the Champions League. It was launched in 2009, as a successor to the UEFA Cup.

The regulations of the UEFA Europa League were established in 2008. The competition is divided into the qualifying, group and knockout stage.

The UEFA Qualifying stage is divided into four rounds. The clubs play matches in groups of two, on a two-leg tie basis. The qualifying stage may include 174 teams in total.

The first round includes 50 teams:

  •     2 cup winners from Andorra and San Marino,
  •     16 vice-champions from countries holding positions 35-51 in the UEFA ranking [4],
  •     29 third teams from countries holding positions 22-51 in the UEFA ranking [4],
  •     3 teams that won the fair play rankings in the first 3 countries in the UEFA Fair Play ranking.

The second round includes 80 teams:

  •     25 winners of the two-leg ties in the first round,
  •     24 cup winning countries holding positions 28-51 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     16 vice-champions holding positions 19-34 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     6 third teams from countries holding positions 16-21 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     6 fourth teams from countries holding positions 10-15 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     3 fifth teams from countries holding positions 7-9 in the UEFA ranking.

The third round includes 70 teams:

  •     40 winners of the two-leg ties in the second round,
  •     12 cup winning countries holding positions 16-27 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     3 vice-champions holding positions 16-18 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     6 third teams from countries holding positions 10-15 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     3 fourth teams from countries holding positions 7-9 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     3 fifth teams from countries holding positions 4-6 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     3 sixth teams from countries holding positions 1-3 in the UEFA ranking.

The play-off (fourth) round includes 74 teams:

  •     35 winners of the two-leg ties in the third round,
  •     15 cup winning countries holding positions 1-15 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     3 third teams from countries holding positions 7-9 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     3 fourth teams from countries holding positions 4-6 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     3 fifth teams from countries holding positions 1-3 in the UEFA ranking,
  •     15 teams that dropped out in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

The group stage includes 48 teams:

  •     38 winners of the two-leg ties in the play-off round,
  •     10 teams that dropped out in the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League.

They are divided into 12 groups (4 teams each), with each club playing each opponent twice. Starting from the 2012/2013 season, based on the UEFA Executive Committee’s decision, the national cup winners from the 6 strongest confederations (provided they do not participate in the Champions League) qualify for the group stage without elimination.

32 teams take part in the first knockout stage:

  •     24 teams that took the first two places in each group in the UEFA Europa League group stage,
  •     8 teams that took the third place in each group in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

They are divided into 16 groups of two, with the teams playing two legs. The winners are moved to the next round and, consequently, through the quarter- and semi-finals, to the final, played at a stadium selected by UEFA.