State of play of the Europa League and the Europa Conference League: Schedule, results and schedule | Soccer News

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As the Europa League and Europa Conference League 2021/22 return for the knockout play-offs, we bring you the state of play, upcoming fixtures and schedule for the rest of the tournaments.

The Europa League group stage ended in early December, with Celtic and Leicester both finding themselves in the Europa Conference League.

There are heavy hitters who missed out on reaching the Champions League last 16 who joined the Europa League in the new knockout play-off stage, with Rangers taking a 4-2 lead against Borussia Dortmund in the second leg at Ibrox.

EUROPA LEAGUE

What is a play-off round and what has changed in the Europa League?

From this season, the Europa League group stage has been truncated to eight groups. Instead of a round of 16, the eight second-placed teams will face one of the eight teams finishing third in their respective Champions League groups in a two-way play-off round in February.

Knockout play-offs

Thursday February 17

Thursday February 24

Round of 16

Sevilla - 2019/20 Europa League winners - face Dinamo Zagreb in the knockout stage
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Sevilla – 2019/20 Europa League winners – face Dinamo Zagreb in the knockout stage

Already qualified group winners

  • Lyons
  • monaco
  • Spartak Moscow
  • Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Galatasaray
  • The Red Star of Belgrade
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • West Ham

Draw scheduled for Friday, February 25.

The first legs are to be played on Thursday March 10; Return matches on Thursday 17 March.

Quarter-finals

Draw scheduled for Friday, March 18.

The first legs are scheduled to be played on Thursday April 7; Return matches on Thursday 14 April.

Semi-finals

Draw scheduled for Friday, March 18.

The first legs are scheduled to be played on Thursday 28 April; Return matches on Thursday 5 May.

Final

Scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville.

EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE

UEFA Europa Conference League

Remind me… what is the Europa Conference League?

The Europa Conference League is UEFA’s third club competition and takes place alongside the Champions League and the Europa League.

The idea behind the Europa Conference League is to give more clubs a taste of European football, especially teams from countries struggling to qualify for the other two UEFA competitions. The winners will advance to the group stages of the Europa League next season.

Antonio Conte in the UEFA Europa Conference League Group G match against Vitesse
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Antonio Conte’s Tottenham is no longer in Europe

Tottenham were eliminated after UEFA confirmed their postponed game against Rennes would be considered a forfeit.

The eight group winners automatically advance to the round of 16. Additional play-offs will then be contested before the round of 16 between the eight group runners-up and the third-placed teams from the Europa League groups.

Knockout play-offs

Thursday February 17

Thursday February 24

Round of 16

Already qualified group winners

  • LASK
  • Ghent
  • Rome
  • AZ Alkmar
  • Feyenoord
  • Copenhagen
  • reindeer
  • Basel

The draw for the round of 16 will take place on February 25.

The first legs will be played on March 10 and the return legs will be played on March 17.

Quarterfinal

The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on March 18.

The first legs will be played on April 7 and the return legs will be played on April 14.

Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals will take place on March 18 after the draw for the quarter-finals.

The first legs will be played on April 28 and the return legs will be played on May 5.

Final

Scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 at Arena Kombetare, Tirana.


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