Europa League group-stage draw: All you need to know

Sky Sports provides the definitive guide to when the Europa League draw takes place, who is involved and how it can be followed

Sergio Reguilon won the Europa League with Sevilla last season
Image: Sergio Reguilon won the Europa League with Sevilla last season

The Europa League draw for the 2020/21 season takes place on Friday, with Arsenal, Leicester, Tottenham, Rangers and Celtic set to learn their fate.

Sevilla were crowned Europa League champions for a record-extending sixth time in August after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Inter Milan in Cologne.

They will be in the Champions League group stages this term but 48 other clubs with have dreams of emulating their success at the Stadion Energa Gdansk in Poland next May.

Tottenham, Rangers and Celtic joined Arsenal and Leicester in being involved in this season's competition after coming through the play-offs on Thursday, as Sky Sports explains all you need to know ahead of this week's draw...

When is the Europa League draw?

sevilla
Image: Sevilla will be playing in the Champions League group stages this season

The draw for the Europa League takes place at 12pm on Friday October 2 at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

How can I follow it?

We will also be live blogging the draw, bringing you all the news as it happens on skysports.com and our app.

How does it work?

Sevilla have won the Europa League after beating Inter Milan in the final
Image: Inter Milan were beaten in the final in Germany after a five-goal thriller

Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham cannot play each other at the group stage - the same applies for Celtic and Rangers. Teams from the same nation cannot be drawn against one another.

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English and Scottish sides can, however, be drawn in the same groups as each other, meaning Celtic could face Leicester, white Rangers could come up against Arsenal or Tottenham.

The 48 teams are drawn into twelve groups of four, with teams split into four seeding pots determined by UEFA coefficients with one team per pot being selected to go into each group.

Who is involved in the draw?

Mikel Arteta celebrates with Eddie Nketiah
Image: Will Mikel will be guiding Arsenal to Europa League glory this term?

Confirmed teams in the draw...

  • NED (3): Feyenoord, AZ Alkmaar, PSV
  • ENG (3): Leicester, Arsenal, Tottenham
  • AUT (3): Wolfsberg, Rapid Vienna, LASK
  • BEL (3): Royal Antwerp, Gent, Standard Liege
  • ITA (3): Napoli, Roma, AC Milan
  • CZE (3): Sparta Prague, Slovan Liberec, Slavia Prague
  • ESP (3): Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Granada
  • GER (2): Leverkusen, Hoffenheim
  • CRO (2): GNK Dinamo, Rijeka
  • FRA (2): Lille, Nice
  • POR (2): Braga, Benfica
  • ISR (2): Hapoel Beer-Sheva​​​​​, Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • SCO (2): Celtic, Rangers
  • GRE (2): AEK Athens, PAOK
  • BUL (2): Ludogorets​, CSKA-Sofia
  • RUS (1): CSKA Moscow
  • UKR (1): Zorya Luhansk
  • TUR (1): Sivasspor
  • NOR (1): Molde
  • CYP (1): Omonoia
  • SUI (1): Young Boys
  • ROU (1): CFR Cluj
  • SRB (1): Crvena Zvezda
  • AZE (1): Qarabag​
  • IRL (1): Dundalk
  • POL (1): Lech

What are the pots?

Youri Tielemans celebrates after putting Leicester 5-2 up
Image: Leicester could be among the favourites to progress deep in the competition

Pot 1: Arsenal, Tottenham, Roma, Napoli, Benfica, Bayer Leverkusen, Villarreal, CSKA Moscow, Braga, Gent, PSV, Celtic

Pot 2: Dinamo Zagreb, Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague, Ludogorets, Young Boys, Red Star Belgrade, Rapid Vienna, Leicester, Qarabag, PAOK, Standard Liege, Real Sociedad

Pot 3: Granada, AC Milan, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, AEK Athens, Rangers, Molde, Hoffenheim, LASK, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Cluj

Pot 4: Zorya Luhansk, Nice, Lille, NK Rijeka, Dundalk, Slovan Liberec, Royal Antwerp, Lech Poznan, Sivasspor, Wolfsberg, Omonia, CSKA Sofia

Any other business?

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will not be introduced for the group phase, as was the original plan. It will still be used in the knockout stage, with introduction for the group stage in 2021/22.

When does the football start?

The group stages get underway in the week of October 19, with six rounds of group games running through to mid-December.

  • Matchday 1: October 22
  • Matchday 2: October 29
  • Matchday 3: November 5
  • Matchday 4: November 26
  • Matchday 5: December 3
  • Matchday 6: December 10

Whoever is lucky enough to go all the way will go head to head at the Stadion Energa Gdansk in Poland on May 26 next year. Seville, the prospective 2021 host, will now host the 2022 event.

When are the other draws?

  • Round of 32 draw: December 14
  • Round of 16 draw: February 26
  • Quarter-final and semi-final draws: March 19
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