Here’s a quick look at the schedule for the 2021-22 UEFA Europa League. We will know which teams are playing in it after the Premier League season ends in May 2021.
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The Europa League is an annual tournament that pits teams from all over Europe. In the Premier League, it’s usually team that finishes fifth in addition to whoever wins the FA Cup. But if the FA Cup winner is also in the top five in the table — and they usually are — then their spot goes to the sixth-place team.
Watch the UEFA Europa League on TV in the US
Americans can watch the Europa League on Paramount+, which used to be called CBS All Access.
The 2021-22 UEFA Europa League Schedule
Qualifying Rounds and Playoffs
None of the English or other big European clubs will be involved here.
- August 5-12 and August 19-26
2021-22 Europa League Group Stage
All of these are Thursday evenings, in the same week as Champions League games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Teams alternate home and away each week. The draw to determine actual matchups will happen in August, after the playoffs.
- September 16
- September 30
- October 21
- November 4
- November 25
- December 9
2021-22 Europa League Knockout Stage Playoffs
Welcome to UEFA goofiness. This round pits the eight teams who finished second in their Europa League group stage against eight teams who finished third in the Champions League. So this is how Champions League clubs wind up in the Europa League.
This is one game at each club, total goals wins. The draw for matchups will happen in December after the Group Stage.
- First Leg: February 17
- Second Leg: February 24
2021-22 Europa League Round of 16
After the above goofiness, we get 16 winners, and they play home-and-away again.
- First Leg: March 10
- Second Leg: March 17
2021-22 Europa League Quarterfinals
Again, one game at each club, total goals wins. The draw for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final will happen in March, after the Round of 16.
- First Leg: April 7
- Second Leg: April 14
2021-22 Europa League Semifinals
- First Leg: April 28
- Second Leg: May 5
2021-22 UEFA Europa League Final
The Europa League Final is May 26, 2022 in Seville, Spain.