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2015–16 UEFA Europa League

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2015–16 UEFA Europa League
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The St. Jakob-Park in Basel will host the final.
Tournament details
Dates 2 July – 27 August 2015 (qualifying)
17 September 2015 – 18 May 2016 (competition proper)
Teams 48+8 (competition proper)
158+33 (expected) (total) (from 54 associations)

The 2015–16 UEFA Europa League will be the 45th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 7th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The 2016 UEFA Europa League Final will be played at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland.[1]

Sevilla are the two-time defending champions. As they automatically qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage as the Europa League title holders, they will not be able to defend their title unless they finish third in the group stage.

Format changes

The UEFA Executive Committee held in May and September 2013 approved the following changes to the UEFA Europa League starting from the 2015–16 season (for the three-year cycle until the 2017–18 season):[2]

  • The title holders of the UEFA Europa League will qualify for the UEFA Champions League, and therefore no Europa League berth will be reserved for them (however it is still possible for them to defend their title if they drop down to the Europa League after Champions League elimination).
  • All associations will have a maximum of three teams entering the Europa League; previously associations 7–9 each had four entrants.
  • The number of teams directly qualifying for the group stage will be increased to 16 teams (from the top 12 associations); previously six teams (from the top six associations) directly qualified for the group stage.
  • Should the domestic cup winners qualify for the Champions League, the cup runners-up will no longer be granted a spot in the Europa League, and the spot will be given to the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions.[3]

Association team allocation

A total of 191 teams from all 54 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[4]

  • Associations 1–51 (except Liechtenstein) each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 52–53 each have two teams qualify.
  • Liechtenstein and Gibraltar each have one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Gibraltar as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee).[3]
  • The top three associations of the 2014–15 UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth (the 2015–16 season will be the last where Fair Play berths are allocated to the Europa League).[5]
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.
  • Since Sevilla, the winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League which automatically qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, also qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League as the fifth-placed team of the 2014–15 La Liga, their berth in the Europa League is vacated and not replaced by any other team.

Association ranking

For the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2014 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2009–10 to 2013–14.[6][7]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Europa League, as noted below:

  • (FP) – Additional berth via Fair Play ranking (Netherlands, England, Republic of Ireland)[8]
  • (UCL) – Additional teams transferred from the Champions League
  • (EL) – Vacated berth due to Europa League title holders playing in the Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 23x15px Spain 97.713 3 −1(EL)
2 23x15px England 84.748 +1(FP)
3 23x15px Germany 81.641
4 23x15px Italy 66.938
5 23x15px Portugal 62.299
6 23x15px France 56.500
7 23x15px Russia 46.998
8 23x15px Netherlands 44.312 +1(FP)
9 23x15px Ukraine 40.966
10 23x15px Belgium 36.300
11 23x15px Turkey 34.200
12 23x15px Greece 33.600
13 23x16px Switzerland 33.225
14 23x15px Austria 30.925
15 23x15px Czech Republic 29.350
16 23x15px Romania 27.257
17 Template:Country data ISR Israel 26.875
18 23x15px Cyprus 23.250
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 23x15px Denmark 21.300 3
20 23x15px Croatia 19.625
21 23x15px Poland 18.875
22 23x15px Belarus 18.625
23 23x15px Scotland 16.566
24 23x15px Sweden 16.325
25 23x15px Bulgaria 15.625
26 23x15px Norway 14.275
27 23x15px Serbia 14.125
28 23x15px Hungary 11.625
29 23x15px Slovenia 11.000
30 23x15px Slovakia 11.000
31 23x15px Moldova 10.375
32 23x15px Azerbaijan 10.375
33 23x15px Georgia 9.875
34 Template:Country data KAZ Kazakhstan 8.250
35 23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500
36 23x15px Finland 7.175
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Template:Country data ISL Iceland 6.750 3
38 23x15px Latvia 6.250
39 23x15px Montenegro 6.000
40 23x15px Albania 5.500
41 23x15px Lithuania 5.250
42 23x15px Macedonia 5.250
43
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5.125 +1(FP)
44 23x15px Luxembourg 4.875
45 23x15px Malta 4.833
46 23x15px Liechtenstein 4.500 1
47 23x15px Northern Ireland 3.625 3
48 23x15px Wales 3.000
49 23x15px Armenia 2.875
50 23x15px Estonia 2.875
51 23x15px Faroe Islands 2.125
52 23x15px San Marino 0.999 2
53 23x15px Andorra 0.833
54 23x15px Gibraltar 0.000 1

Distribution

The table below shows the default access list.[9][10][11]

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
First qualifying round
(104 teams)
  • 31 domestic cup winners from associations 24–54
  • 35 domestic league runners-up from associations 18–53 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 35 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 3 teams which qualified via Fair Play ranking
Second qualifying round
(66 teams)
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 18–23
  • 2 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–17
  • 6 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 52 winners from first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(58 teams)
  • 5 domestic cup winners from associations 13–17
  • 9 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 7–15
  • 5 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 5–9
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 4–6 (League Cup winners for France)
  • 3 domestic league sixth-placed teams from associations 1–3 (League Cup winners for England)
  • 33 winners from second qualifying round
Play-off round
(44 teams)
  • 29 winners from third qualifying round
  • 15 losers from Champions League third qualifying round
Group stage
(48 teams)
  • 12 domestic cup winners from associations 1–12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 4
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 22 winners from play-off round
  • 10 losers from Champions League play-off round
Knockout phase
(32 teams)
  • 12 group winners from group stage
  • 12 group runners-up from group stage
  • 8 third-placed teams from Champions League group stage

The access list above is provisional, as changes will need to be made in the following cases:

  • If the Champions League title holders or the Europa League title holders have qualified for the Europa League through domestic performance, their berth in the Europa League is vacated (not replaced by another team from the same association), and cup winners of the highest-ranked associations are moved to a later round accordingly.[12]
  • In some cases where changes to the access list of the Champions League are made, the number of losers of the Champions League third qualifying round which are transferred to the Europa League is increased or decreased from the default number of 15, which means changes to the access list of the Europa League will also need to be made.[13]
  • Because a maximum of five teams from one association can enter the UEFA Champions League, if both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders are from the same top three ranked association and finish outside the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of their association will be moved to the Europa League and enter the group stage, which means changes to the access list of the Europa League may also need to be made.[14]

Redistribution rules

A Europa League place is vacated when a team qualifies for both the Champions League and the Europa League, or qualifies for the Europa League by more than one method. When a place is vacated, it is redistributed within the national association by the following rules (regulations Articles 3.03 and 3.04):[4]

  • When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifier within the national association with the latest starting round) also qualify for the Champions League, their Europa League place is vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions qualify for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finish above them in the league moved up one "place" (the 2015–16 season will be the first with this particular arrangement where the domestic cup runners-up are no longer guaranteed a place in the Europa League in this scenario).
  • When the domestic cup winners also qualify for the Europa League through league position, their place through the league position is vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions qualify for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finish above them in the league moved up one "place" if possible.
  • For associations where a Europa League place is reserved for the League Cup winners, they always qualify for the Europa League as the "lowest-placed" qualifier. If the League Cup winners have already qualified for European competitions through other methods, this reserved Europa League place is taken by the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table which have not yet qualified for European competitions.

Teams

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[15]

  • CW: Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • P-W: End-of-season Europa League play-off winners
  • FP: Fair Play
  • UCL: Transferred from the Champions League
    • GS: Third-placed teams from the group stage
    • PO: Losers from the play-off round
    • Q3: Losers from the third qualifying round

Note: Teams in italics may still qualify for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League through domestic performance.

Round of 32
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Group stage
23x15px Villarreal (6th) 23x15px Braga (4th) 23x15px (3rd)[Note GRE] File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO)
23x15px Tottenham Hotspur (5th) 23x15px Marseille (4th) 23x16px (CW)[Note SUI] File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO)
23x15px Liverpool (6th) 23x15px Lokomotiv Moscow (CW) File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO) File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO)
23x15px Augsburg (5th) 23x15px Groningen (CW) File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO) File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO)
23x15px Schalke 04 (6th) 23x15px Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (3rd) File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO) File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO)
23x15px Fiorentina (4th) 23x15px Anderlecht (3rd) File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO)
23x15px Napoli (5th) 23x15px Beşiktaş (3rd) File:Flag placeholder.svg (UCL PO)
Play-off round
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Third qualifying round
23x15px Athletic Bilbao (7th) 23x15px Bordeaux (6th) 23x15px Standard Liège (4th) 23x15px Jablonec (3rd)
23x15px Southampton (7th) 23x15px Krasnodar (3rd) 23x15px İstanbul Başakşehir (4th) 23x15px Târgu Mureș (2nd)
23x15px Borussia Dortmund (7th) 23x15px Dynamo Moscow (4th)[Note RUS] 23x15px (4th)[Note GRE] Template:Country data ISR Ironi Kiryat Shmona (2nd)
23x15px Sampdoria (7th)[Note ITA] 23x15px AZ (3rd) 23x16px Zürich (3rd)[Note SUI] 23x15px AEK Larnaca (2nd)
23x15px Vitória de Guimarães (5th) 23x15px Vitesse (P-W) 23x15px (CW)[Note AUT]
23x15px Belenenses (6th) 23x15px Zorya Luhansk (4th) 23x15px Rheindorf Altach (3rd)
23x15px Saint-Étienne (5th) 23x15px Vorskla Poltava (5th) 23x15px Slovan Liberec (CW)
Second qualifying round
23x15px Charleroi (P-W) 23x15px Sturm Graz (4th)[Note AUT] 23x15px Copenhagen (CW) 23x15px Inverness CT (CW)
23x15px Trabzonspor (5th)[Note TUR] 23x15px Mladá Boleslav (4th) 23x15px Rijeka (2nd) 23x15px IFK Göteborg (CW)
23x15px (5th)[Note GRE] 23x15px Astra Giurgiu (4th)[Note ROU] 23x15px Legia Warsaw (CW)[Note POL] 23x15px Cherno More Varna (CW)
23x16px Thun (4th)[Note SUI] Template:Country data ISR Hapoel Be'er Sheva (3rd) 23x15px Dinamo Minsk (2nd)
First qualifying round
23x15px Botoșani (8th)[Note ROU] 23x15px Debrecen (4th) Template:Country data ISL FH (2nd) 23x15px Vaduz (CW)
Template:Country data ISR Beitar Jerusalem (4th) 23x15px Koper (CW) Template:Country data ISL Víkingur Reykjavík (4th) 23x15px Glentoran (CW)
23x15px Apollon Limassol (3rd) 23x15px Celje (2nd) 23x15px Jelgava (CW) 23x15px Linfield (2nd)
23x15px Omonia (4th) 23x15px Domžale (3rd) 23x15px Skonto (2nd) 23x15px Glenavon (3rd)
23x15px Brøndby (3rd) 23x15px Žilina (2nd) 23x15px Spartaks Jūrmala (6th)[Note LVA] 23x15px Bala Town (2nd)
23x15px Randers (4th) 23x15px Slovan Bratislava (3rd) 23x15px Mladost Podgorica (CW) 23x15px Airbus UK Broughton (3rd)
23x15px Hajduk Split (3rd) 23x15px Spartak Trnava (4th) 23x15px Sutjeska Nikšić (2nd) 23x15px Newtown (P-W)
23x15px Lokomotiva (4th) 23x15px Sheriff Tiraspol (CW) 23x15px Budućnost Podgorica (3rd) 23x15px Ulisses (2nd)
23x15px (2nd/3rd) 23x15px Dacia Chișinău (2nd) 23x15px Laçi (CW) 23x15px Shirak (3rd)
23x15px (4th) 23x15px Saxan (5th)[Note MDA] 23x15px Kukësi (2nd) 23x15px Alashkert (4th)
23x15px Shakhtyor Soligorsk (3rd) 23x15px Inter Baku (2nd) 23x15px Partizani Tirana (3rd) 23x15px Nõmme Kalju (CW)
23x15px Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino (4th) 23x15px Gabala (3rd) 23x15px Kruoja Pakruojis (2nd) 23x15px Sillamäe Kalev (2nd)
23x15px Aberdeen (2nd) 23x15px Neftchi Baku (CW/4th) 23x15px Atlantas (3rd) 23x15px Flora Tallinn (3rd)
23x15px St. Johnstone (4th) 23x15px Dinamo Tbilisi (CW) 23x15px Trakai (4th) 23x15px Víkingur Gøta (CW)
23x15px AIK (3rd) 23x15px Dinamo Batumi (2nd) 23x15px Rabotnički (CW) 23x15px HB (2nd)
23x15px Elfsborg (4th) 23x15px Spartaki Tskhinvali (4th) 23x15px Shkëndija (3rd) 23x15px NSÍ Runavík (4th)
23x15px Beroe Stara Zagora (2nd) Template:Country data KAZ Kairat (CW) 23x15px Renova (4th) 23x15px Juvenes/Dogana (2nd)
23x15px Litex Lovech (4th)[Note BUL] Template:Country data KAZ Aktobe (2nd)
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic (CW)
23x15px La Fiorita (3rd)
23x15px Rosenborg (2nd) Template:Country data KAZ Ordabasy (4th)
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Cork City (2nd)
23x15px Sant Julià (CW)
23x15px Odd (3rd) 23x15px Olimpic (CW)
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (4th)
23x15px Lusitanos (2nd)
23x15px Strømsgodset (4th) 23x15px Željezničar (2nd) 23x15px Differdange 03 (CW) 23x15px College Europa (2nd)
23x15px Čukarički (CW) 23x15px Zrinjski Mostar (3rd) 23x15px F91 Dudelange (3rd) 23x15px Go Ahead Eagles (FP)[16]
23x15px Red Star Belgrade (2nd) 23x15px SJK (2nd) 23x15px Progrès Niederkorn (4th) 23x15px West Ham United (FP)[17]
23x15px Vojvodina (4th) 23x15px Lahti (3rd) 23x15px Birkirkara (CW)
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland UCD (FP)[18][19]
23x15px Ferencváros (CW) 23x15px VPS (4th) 23x15px Valletta (2nd)
23x15px MTK Budapest (3rd) Template:Country data ISL KR (CW) 23x15px Balzan (4th)

Notably two teams will take part in the competition that do not currently play in their national top-division. They are Go Ahead Eagles (2nd tier) and UCD (2nd tier).

Notes
  1. ^ Austria (AUT): Sturm Graz will enter the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round if Red Bull Salzburg win the 2014–15 Austrian Cup.
  2. ^ Bulgaria (BUL): Lokomotiv Sofia, the third-placed team of the 2014–15 A PFG, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to Litex Lovech, the fourth-placed team of the league.[20][21] An appeal was denied on 1 June 2015.[22]
  3. ^ Greece (GRE): Asteras Tripoli, PAOK and Atromitos have qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League as they will finish third, fourth or fifth in the 2014–15 Superleague Greece.
  4. ^ Italy (ITA): Genoa, the sixth-placed team of the 2014–15 Serie A, would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to Sampdoria, the seventh-placed team of the league. A final appeal by Genoa will be heard on 3 June 2015.[23]
  5. ^ Latvia (LVA): Liepāja, the fourth-placed team of the 2014 Latvian Higher League, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence as they were affiliated with the Latvian Football Federation for less than three years after reforming from the dissolved Liepājas Metalurgs. As a result, the berth was given to Spartaks Jūrmala, the sixth-placed team of the league, as Daugava Daugavpils, the fifth-placed team, also failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[24]
  6. ^ Moldova (MDA): Tiraspol, the fourth-placed team of the 2014–15 Moldovan National Division, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but were dissolved at the end of the 2014–15 season.[25] As a result, the berth was given to Saxan, the fifth-placed team of the league.[26]
  7. ^ Poland (POL): Legia Warsaw have qualified for the 2015–16 European competitions by winning the 2014–15 Polish Cup. They may still qualify for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League if they win the 2014–15 Ekstraklasa.
  8. ^ Romania (ROU): CFR Cluj, the third-placed team of the 2014–15 Liga I, would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round, but were banned by UEFA after failing to settle overdue payables.[27] As a result, Astra Giurgiu, the fourth-placed team of the league, entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round, while the first qualifying round berth was given to Botoșani, the eighth-placed team of the league, as Petrolul Ploiești, CS U Craiova and Dinamo București, the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-placed teams of the league respectively, all failed to obtain UEFA licences.[28][29]
  9. ^ Russia (RUS): On 24 April 2015, Dynamo Moscow has been referred to the UEFA's Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chamber for violating the Financial Fair Play break-even requirements after the club was not able to reach the settlement with UEFA.[30] The meeting regarding the sanctions for the violation (which could include Dynamo's exclusion from the European competitions) will be held on 16 June 2015, and the decision could be made the same day.[31]
  10. ^ Switzerland (SUI): Zürich will enter the group stage instead of the third qualifying round and Thun will enter the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round if Basel win the 2014–15 Swiss Cup.
  11. ^ Turkey (TUR): Trabzonspor have qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, as Bursaspor, which may still win the 2014–15 Turkish Cup are banned by UEFA from competing in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League even if they qualify.[32]

Round and draw dates

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[9][33]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 22 June 2015 2 July 2015 9 July 2015
Second qualifying round 16 July 2015 23 July 2015
Third qualifying round 17 July 2015 30 July 2015 6 August 2015
Play-off Play-off round 7 August 2015 20 August 2015 27 August 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 28 August 2015
(Monaco)
17 September 2015
Matchday 2 1 October 2015
Matchday 3 22 October 2015
Matchday 4 5 November 2015
Matchday 5 26 November 2015
Matchday 6 10 December 2015
Knockout phase Round of 32 14 December 2015 18 February 2016 25 February 2016
Round of 16 26 February 2016 10 March 2016 17 March 2016
Quarter-finals 18 March 2016 7 April 2016 14 April 2016
Semi-finals 15 April 2016 28 April 2016 5 May 2016
Final 18 May 2016 at St. Jakob-Park, Basel

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

Qualifying rounds

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2015 UEFA club coefficients,[34][35][36] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round

The draw for the first qualifying round will be held on 22 June 2015. The first legs will be played on 2 July, and the second legs will be played on 9 July 2015.

A total of 102 teams are expected to play in the first qualifying round.

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  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic Coeff. 4.400
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Cork City Coeff. 1.150
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland UCD Coeff. 1.150

Second qualifying round

The draw for the second qualifying round will be held on 22 June 2015. The first legs will be played on 16 July, and the second legs will be played on 23 July 2015.

A total of 66 teams are expected to play in the second qualifying round: 15 teams which enter in this round, and the 51 winners of the first qualifying round.

Third qualifying round

The draw for the third qualifying round will be held on 17 July 2015. The first legs will be played on 30 July, and the second legs will be played on 6 August 2015.

A total of 58 teams are expected to play in the third qualifying round: 25 teams which enter in this round, and the 33 winners of the second qualifying round.

Play-off round

The draw for the play-off round will be held on 7 August 2015. The first legs will be played on 20 August, and the second legs will be played on 27 August 2015.

A total of 44 teams are expected to play in the play-off round: the 29 winners of the third qualifying round, and the 15 losers of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Group stage

The draw for the group stage will be held in Monaco on 28 August 2015. 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 2015 UEFA club coefficients.[34][35][36]

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 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays are 17 September, 1 October, 22 October, 5 November, 26 November, and 10 December 2015.

A total of 48 teams play in the group stage: 16 teams which enter in this stage, the 22 winners of the play-off round, and the 10 losers of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League play-off round.

Knockout phase

In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism 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 draw for the round of 16, there are seedings (regulations Article 17.03, although the seeding criteria are unspecified),[4] with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group can be drawn against each other, but teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other (changed from previous seasons where an open draw was used in the round of 16).
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.

Round of 32

The draw for the round of 32 will be held on 14 December 2015. The first legs will be played on 18 February 2016, and the second legs will be played on 25 February 2016.

Round of 16

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 26 February 2016. The first legs will be played on 10 March, and the second legs will be played on 17 March 2016.

Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 18 March 2016. The first legs will be played on 7 April, and the second legs will be played on 14 April 2016.

Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 15 April 2016. The first legs will be played on 28 April, and the second legs will be played on 5 May 2016.

Final

The final will be played on 18 May 2016 at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) will be determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

See also

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