What is the format of the Europa League?
Groups of 4 teams usually represented by letters such as "Group A or Group B" are the eight groups. Each team meets the others in its group home and away in a round-robin format. The winning team and the runners-up from each group then progress to the next round. The third-placed team enters the UEFA Europa League.
How do the Europa League knockout rounds work?
At this point, the Europa League becomes a straightforward knockout competition. The team that wins via aggregate score in the two-legged last-16 ties will progress to the quarterfinals — another two-legged affair — which take place in April. The quarterfinal winners go on to the semifinals in May, from which two teams will reach the final.
How do the UEFA coefficient rankings work?
Generally, the higher an association is ranked in the UEFA coefficients, the later its teams start in the qualification process (there are four qualifying rounds in total). The complex coefficient system is generated by the results of teams representing each association during the previous five UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League seasons
How does the Champions League group stage work?
Then, a team is drawn from each pot until there are eight groups of four. How does the group stage work? The 32 teams compete in a double round-robin format called the group stage. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, the first round of the knockout phase. The teams are ranked by points.