Friday’s live Europa League group stage draw: all you need to know

When and where is the draw?

The draw begins at 13:00CET on Friday 31 August at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. It will be streamed live on alongside text updates.

Who is involved in the draw?

Arsenal and Chelsea are among the contenders

Arsenal and Chelsea are among the contenders©Getty Images

Arsenal (ENG) coefficient 93.000
Chelsea (ENG) 82.000
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 66.000
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 62.000**
Villarreal (ESP) 52.000
Anderlecht (BEL) 48.000
Lazio (ITA) 41.000
Sporting CP (POR) 40.000
Marseille (FRA) 32.000
AC Milan (ITA) 28.000
Fenerbahçe (TUR) 23.500***
Krasnodar (RUS) 23.500
Real Betis (ESP) 21.399
Dinamo Zagreb 17.500**
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 14.285
Spartak Moskva (RUS) 13.500***
Standard Liège (BEL) 12.500***
Zürich (SUI) 12.000
Rennes (FRA) 11.283
Vorskla Poltava (UKR) 8.226
Slavia Praha (CZE) 7.500***
Akhisar Belediyespor (TUR) 7.160
Jablonec (CZE) 6.035
Vidi (HUN) 4.250**

17 teams qualified automatically
* 21 teams advanced from the play-off round
** 6 teams defeated in UEFA Champions League play-off round
*** 4 teams defeated in UEFA Champions League third qualifying round league path


How will the draw work?


The 48 entrants are split into four seeding pots based on their club coefficients, with each of the eventual 12 groups to contain one team from each seeding tier.

Under a new system, club coefficients are determined either by the sum of all points won in the previous five years or by the association coefficient over the same period – whichever is higher.

No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure confirmed before the ceremony.

UEFA Europa League Players of the Season


The 2017/18 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award will also be presented during the ceremony. Diego Godín, Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet are the three contenders.

When are the group stage games?

20 September: Group stage, matchday one
4 October: Group stage, matchday two
25 October: Group stage, matchday three
8 November: Group stage, matchday four
29 November: Group stage, matchday five
13 December: Group stage, matchday six

What comes after that?

Final venue: Baku's Olympic Stadium

Final venue: Baku’s Olympic Stadium©Getty Images

17 December: Round of 32 draw
14 February: Round of 32 first leg
21 February: Round of 32, second leg
22 February: Round of 16 draw
7 March: Round of 16, first leg
14 March: Round of 16, second leg
15 March: Quarter-final semi-final draw
11 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
18 April: Quarter-finals, second leg
2 May: Semi-finals, first leg
9 May: Semi-finals, second leg

Wednesday 29 May: Final – Olympic Stadium, Baku

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