2020–21 UEFA Europa League
is the 50th period of Europe’s optional club football competition composed by UEFA, and the twelfth season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.
The last will be played at the Stadion Energa Gdańsk in Gdańsk, Poland. The arena was initially delegated to have the final, yet this was moved because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The victors of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League will consequently meet all requirements for the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League bunch arrange and furthermore acquire the option to play against the champs of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup.
As the champions of the Europa League, Sevilla qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, in spite of the fact that they had just qualified before the last through their group execution. They will be not able to guard their title except if they finish third in the Champions League bunch stage and are moved to the Europa League.
Affiliation group allotment
A sum of 213 groups from every one of the 55 UEFA part affiliations partake in the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League. The affiliation positioning dependent on the UEFA nation coefficients is utilized to decide the quantity of taking an interest groups for every affiliation:
- Associations 1–50 (aside from Liechtenstein) each have three groups qualify.
- Associations 51–55 each have two groups qualify (beginning from this season, with affiliation 51 losing one spot and affiliation 55 increasing one spot).
- Liechtenstein have one group qualify (Liechtenstein sorts out just a local cup and no residential alliance).
- Moreover, 55 groups wiped out from the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League are moved to the Europa League (default number is 57, however 2 less groups contend in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League).
The timetable of the opposition is as per the following (all draws are held at the UEFA base camp in Nyon, Switzerland, except if expressed something else). The competition would initially have begun in June 2020, however had been deferred to August because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. The new timetable was declared by the UEFA Executive Committee on 17 June 2020.
All passing matches, including the play-off round, will be played as single leg matches, facilitated by one of the groups chose by draw, and will be played in secret. Matches may likewise be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays rather than the standard Thursdays because of booking clashes. Video colleague arbitrators won’t be presented for the gathering stage as arranged (presently to begin in 2021–22), however will in any case be utilized in the knockout stage.
Schedule for 2020–21 UEFA Europa League
||9 August 2020
||20 August 2020
|First qualifying round
||10 August 2020
||27 August 2020
|Second qualifying round
||31 August 2020
||17 September 2020
|Third qualifying round
||1 September 2020
||24 September 2020
||18 September 2020
||1 October 2020
||2 October 2020
|22 October 2020
||29 October 2020
||5 November 2020
||26 November 2020
||3 December 2020
||10 December 2020
||Round of 32
||14 December 2020
||18 February 2021
||25 February 2021
|Round of 16
||26 February 2021
||11 March 2021
||18 March 2021
||19 March 2021
||8 April 2021
||15 April 2021
||29 April 2021
||6 May 2021
||26 May 2021 at Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk
The first timetable of the opposition, as arranged before the pandemic, was as per the following (all draws held at the UEFA home office in Nyon, Switzerland, except if expressed something else).
Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the accompanying exceptional principles are pertinent to the passing stage and end of the season games:
- Prior to each draw, UEFA will distribute the rundown of known travel limitations identified with the COVID-19 pandemic. All groups must advise UEFA if there are other existing limitations other than those distributed. On the off chance that a group neglects to do so which as a result the match can’t occur, the group is viewed as capable and to have relinquished the match.
- If travel limitations forced by the host group’s nation keep the away group from entering, the host group must propose an elective scene that permits the match to happen with no limitations. Else they are considered to have relinquished the match.
- If travel limitations forced by the away group’s nation keep the away group from leaving or restoring, the host group must propose an elective scene that permits the match to occur with no limitations. In any case UEFA will choose a setting.
- If after the draw, new limitations forced by either the host group’s or away group’s nation keep the match from occurring, the group of that nation are considered to have relinquished the match.
- If either group won’t play the match, they are considered to have relinquished the match. On the off chance that the two groups will not play or are liable for a match not occurring, the two groups are precluded.
- If a group has players and additionally authorities tried positive for SARS-2 coronavirus keeping them from playing the match before the cutoff time set by UEFA, they are considered to have relinquished the match.
- In all cases, the two groups may consent to play the match at the away group’s nation or at an unbiased nation, subject to UEFA’s endorsement. UEFA has the last position to choose a setting for any match, or to reschedule any match if fundamental.
- If, under any conditions, the passing stage and end of the season games can’t be finished before the cutoff time set by UEFA, UEFA will choose the standards for deciding the groups equipped for the gathering stage.
Four nations (Poland, Hungary, Greece and Cyprus) have given unbiased scene centers which permit matches to be played at their arenas without limitations.