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UEFA Europa League
We’ve got a whole bunch of Europa League content ready for you to devour!
Need a primer on Europa League? We have one of those here.
UEFA Europa League Final
The UEFA Europa League Final will be held in Gdansk, Poland at the Stadion Energa Gdańsk. The teams will earn a substantial amount of prize money as well as an automatic group stage place in the next season’s Champions League. In addition, a match will be scheduled between the Europa League winners and the Champions League Winner.
Europa League Draws
Each Stage is preceded by a draw consisting of seeded and unseeded teams (until the knockout stages). We’ll cover them all in as much depth as we can!
Europa League Draw: Group Stage
The Group Stage will feature 12 groups of 4 teams. One team will be drawn from each pot (First, Second, Third, and Fourth seeds) for each group. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn into the same group at this stage.
The Europa League Group Draw has been scheduled for August 30, 8:00 am EST in Monaco. We’ll have our coverage available shortly thereafter!
Round Appearance Prize money: $3.25M
Europa League Playoff Round
The Europa League Playoff Round features 16 teams on the Champions Path. They consist of the ten winners from the Europa League Third Qualifying Round (Champions Path) games as well as six new teams who were eliminated in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round. For seeding purposes, the Champions League Third Qualifying Round losers will be seeded, while the remaining are unseeded.
The Main Path features the 26 victorious teams from the Main Path Europa League Third Qualifying Round. They are drawn into three groups, two with eight teams and final with ten teams. Like the prior stage, half are seeded and half are unseeded with numbers preassigned.
You can read all about the first playoff round to see how all the teams ended up!
Round Consolation Prize money: $340,000 (only awarded to eliminated teams)
Europa League Draw: Third Qualifying Round
The two separate paths continue into the third round, although the first teams from Champions League qualification move to the Main Path.
The Europa League Third Qualifying Round features 10 teams from the Champions League second qualifying round. It also has the nine victors from the Champions Path in the Second Qualifying Round, along with the automatic bye recipient. The teams are divided into seeded and unseeded groups before being matched for a home and away series.
The Main Path brings the 37 victors from the Second Qualifying Round and 13 new entrants at this stage. The final two teams come from losing the Champions League Second playoff round, bringing the total to 52 teams. The teams are drawn into groups, Group 1- Group 5 with 10 teams and Group 6 with twelve teams. Like the prior stage, half are seeded and half are unseeded with numbers preassigned.
Round Appearance Prize money: $320,000
Europa League Draw: Second Qualifying Round
The Second Qualifying Round is where the competition separates into two different paths, the Champions Path, and the Main Path.
The Champions Path features three unseeded teams who lost the Champions League Preliminary round. They are joined by 15 of the 16 teams that lost in the Champions League First Qualifying Round. The 16th team is chosen at random by a separate draw which gives one team an automatic bye to the Third Qualifying Round.
The Main Path brings 47 teams that were victorious in the First Qualifying Round, and 27 additional who qualified for entrance at this stage. The teams are drawn into groups, Group 1- Group 5 with 10 teams and Group 6 & 7 with twelve teams. Like the prior stage, half are seeded and half are unseeded with numbers preassigned.
Round Appearance Prize money: $300,000
Europa League Draw: First Qualifying Round
The First Qualifying Round is comprised of 94 teams; 87 who qualified for this stage, and the seven teams that were victorious in the Preliminary Round. A number 1-10 (1-12 in the 12-team pots) was predetermined for each team prior to the group stage draw, wherein the unseeded teams would be matched against the seeded teams.
Round Appearance Prize money: $270,000
Europa League Preliminary Round
We’ve got the breakdown of the Europa League Preliminary Round! The Preliminary Round consists of 14 teams that were drawn for a seeded and an unseeded bucket. The teams played a home and away series to determine who would advance to the First Qualifying Round. Teams from the same association are not eligible to play each other in this round.
Round Appearance Prize money: $250,000
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the total prize money (prize pot) available?
The exact amounts are hard to calculate, but the UEFA projection is about $625. The payout per team is dependent upon performance and game outcomes (bonuses are paid for wins and draws). All group stage teams will receive at least $2.92 million in appearance fees.
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