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2016–17 UEFA Europa League

2016–17 UEFA Europa League
Tournament details
Dates 30 June – 25 August 2016 (qualifying)
15 September 2016 – 24 May 2017 (competition proper)
Teams 48+8 (competition proper)
156+33 (expected) (total) (from 54 associations)
2017–18

The 2016–17 UEFA Europa League will be the 46th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 8th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The UEFA Executive Committee approved in December 2014 changes to the rewards given according to the Respect Fair Play ranking, and starting from the 2016–17 season, the three Fair Play berths will no longer be allocated to the Europa League.[1] It has not been confirmed what changes will be made to the access list (whether three fewer teams will participate in the Europa League, or whether the three berths will be reallocated to any particular association).

Association team allocation

A total of 189 teams from all 54 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[2]

  • 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).
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.

Association ranking

For the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2015 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2010–11 to 2014–15.[3][4]

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

  • (UCL) – Additional teams transferred from the Champions League

Final ranking to be determined by 6 June 2015. Current ranking as of 27 May 2015.[3][4]

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 23x15px Spain TBD 3
2 23x15px England 80.391
3 23x15px Germany 79.415
4 23x15px Italy TBD
5 23x15px Portugal 61.382
6 23x15px France 52.416
7 23x15px Russia 50.498
8 23x15px Ukraine 45.166
9 23x15px Netherlands 40.979
10 23x15px Belgium 37.200
11 23x16px Switzerland 34.375
12 23x15px Turkey 32.600
13 23x15px Greece 31.900
14 23x15px Czech Republic 29.125
15 23x15px Romania 26.299
16 23x15px Austria 25.675
17 23x15px Croatia 23.500
18 23x15px Cyprus 22.300
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 23x15px Poland 21.500 3
20 Template:Country data ISR Israel 21.000
21 23x15px Belarus 20.750
22 23x15px Denmark 19.800
23 23x15px Scotland 17.900
24 23x15px Sweden 17.725
25 23x15px Bulgaria 16.750
26 23x15px Norway 14.375
27 23x15px Serbia 13.875
28 23x15px Slovenia 13.625
29 23x15px Azerbaijan 12.500
30 23x15px Slovakia 11.250
31 23x15px Hungary 11.000
32 Template:Country data KAZ Kazakhstan 10.375
33 23x15px Moldova 10.000
34 23x15px Georgia 9.375
35 23x15px Finland 8.200
36 Template:Country data ISL Iceland 8.000
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500 3
38 23x15px Liechtenstein 6.000 1
39 23x15px Macedonia 5.875 3
40
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5.750
41 23x15px Montenegro 5.625
42 23x15px Albania 5.375
43 23x15px Luxembourg 5.125
44 23x15px Northern Ireland 4.875
45 23x15px Lithuania 4.500
46 23x15px Latvia 4.250
47 23x15px Malta 4.208
48 23x15px Estonia 3.500
49 23x15px Faroe Islands 3.500
50 23x15px Wales 2.875
51 23x15px Armenia 2.750
52 23x15px Andorra 0.833 2
53 23x15px San Marino 0.499
54 23x15px Gibraltar 0.250 1

Distribution

The table below shows the default access list (changes which will be made due to the removal of the Fair Play berths have not been accounted for as they have not been confirmed by UEFA).[5][6]

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)
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.[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]

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):[2]

  • 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".
  • 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.

Qualifying rounds

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2016 UEFA club coefficients,[10][11] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round

A total of 104 teams are expected to play in the first qualifying round.

  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Winners of 2015 FAI Cup
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Runners-up of 2015 League of Ireland Premier Division
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Third-placed team of 2015 League of Ireland Premier Division

Second qualifying round

A total of 66 teams are expected to play in the second qualifying round: 14 teams which enter in this round, and the 52 winners of the first qualifying round.

Third qualifying round

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

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 2016–17 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Group stage

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 2016 UEFA club coefficients.[10][11] If the title holders enter the group stage after losing in the Champions League play-off round, they are automatically seeded into Pot 1 (regulations Article 13.05).[2]

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 2016–17 UEFA Champions League group stage.

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 2016–17 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),[2] 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 seasons before 2015–16 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.

See also

References

  1. "New Respect Fair Play reward criteria". UEFA.org. 16 February 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League 2015/16 Season" (PDF). UEFA.com. 1 May 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Country coefficients". UEFA.com. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "UEFA Country Ranking 2015". Bert Kassies. 
  5. "Preliminary Access List 2015/16" (PDF). Bert Kassies. 
  6. "Access list 2015/2016". Bert Kassies. 
  7. "Distribution details". UEFA.org. 23 March 2015. 
  8. "UEFA Access List 2015/18 with explanations" (PDF). Bert Kassies. 
  9. "How the Europa League winners will enter the Champions League". UEFA.com. 27 February 2015. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "UEFA Team Ranking 2016". Bert Kassies. 

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