UEFA Europa League 2021 Schedule – 51st Edition

Europa League 2021 Schedule : It is the second European club football tournament organized by UEFA every year. Football clubs are allowed to participate in the Europa League based on their performance in national competitions.

Before the 2009/10 season, the football competition was called the UEFA Cup, after which major changes followed. The Europa League is abbreviated to UEL and has been around since 1971. Now let’s check Europa League 2021/22 Schedule here.

Europa League 2021/22
Competition Europa League
 Football Association  UEFA
 Level  2nd
 Edition  51
 Team  32
 Matches  177
 Kick-off  August 5, 2021
 Final  May 18, 2022
 Current champion  Seville

UEFA Europa League 2021 Schedule

The 51st edition of the football tournament, the 13th since its renaming to UEFA Europa League, will start on August 5, 2021 and end on May 18, 2022. Since 20 years there have been three European club football tournaments, since the Europa Conference League has been introduced.

Due to this new competition, the structure of the Europa League changes considerably. For example, the number of teams in the group stage is reduced from 48 to 32, and the number of participants in the qualifying rounds has also fallen sharply.

Dutch Clubs in The Europa League 2021/22

The number of Dutch clubs in the Europa League depends on the place of the Netherlands on the UEFA coefficient list.

There is no direct ticket for the group stage and there is also no influx from the national football competition. For the next 2021/22 season, the position after the 2019/20 season is assumed.

At the time, the Netherlands was in 10th place on the coefficient list and the cup winner may enter the play-offs. AZ is the Dutch club that enters the play-off round of the Europa League as number three in the ranking.

2021 UEFA Europa League Schedule

The Europa League schedule is as follows:
August 5 and 12, 2021: third qualifying round
 August 19 and 26, 2021: play-offs
 September 16, 2021: match day 1
 September 30, 2021: match day 2
 October 21, 2021: match day 3
 November 4, 2021: match day 4
 November 25, 2021: match day 5
 December 9, 2021: match day 6
 17 and 24 February 2022: extra qualifying round
 March 10 and 17, 2022: eighth final
 April 7 and 14, 2022: quarter-finals
 April 28 and May 5, 2022: semi-finals
 May 18, 2022: final

The games of the EL are mainly played on Thursdays, in addition to the Europa Conference League. In principle, the matches of both competitions will be divided equally between the times 18:45 and 21:00. A small number of duels start at 4:30 PM.

Europa League Final

The final of the Europa League is played in Seville. The Spanish stadium Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán will host this final. Originally, the final of this edition was to be hosted by Budapest, but due to the postponement and relocation in 2020, Seville was pushed forward one year. The stadium is normally played by football club Sevilla, which has won the Europa League six times.

The stadium opened its doors in 1958 and in 1986 the final of the predecessor to the Europa League was held there. The Spanish national team has never lost a game in this city.

Format of Europa League

The format of the Europa League will be changed with effect from the 2021/22 season. This new format is similar to that of the new Europa Conference League.

The number of participants in the Europa League will be reduced from 48 to 32. The group stage consists of 8 groups of 4 teams. The 8 group winners will qualify directly for the round of 16.

There will be an extra qualifying round between the group stage and the round of 16. In this extra qualifying round, the 8 numbers two from the group stage will compete against the 8 numbers three from the group stage of the Champions League .

The Champions League remains unchanged. The number three from the group stage now no longer flows into the round of 16 of the Europa League, but in the extra qualifying round that comes before.

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