Three English teams — Wolverhampton, Manchester United and Arsenal — are in the 2019-20 Europa League. So here are they dates when they will be playing this season.
First, as a background, what is the Europa League? Basically it’s a second-rate European club championship, after the Champions League. Here’s more on what it is and how it works.
July 25 and August 1: Wolves in Qualifying
After the preliminary and first qualifying rounds, the second qualifying round is over two legs. The draw is June 19. Wolverhampton will enter the competition here and play somebody home-and-way over these two dates.
If they win then it’s off to …
August 8 and 15: Third Qualifying Round
The draw for this is July 22, and Wolves might (should) still be around. If they are, and if they win, they go to …
August 22 and 29: Playoff Round
This draw is held on August 5. Again, it’s home-and-way, winners go to the Group Stage.
Group Stages: Arsenal and Manchester United Enter
This is six game days, with groups of four playing a home-and-away round robin. The Gunners and Red Devils start here, and Wolves might still be in it, as well. The draw for this round is August 30. Clubs from the same country won’t be placed in the same group.
Here are the game dates for the group stages, which are all on Thursday evenings and are, by the way, the same weeks as the Champions League, which are played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- September 19
- October 3
- October 24
- November 7
- November 28
- December 12
This is two legs, home-and-away, starting with a Round of 32 and leading down to the Final.
Round of 32: Draw December 16. Games February 20 and 27.
Round of 16: Draw February 28. Games March 12 and 19.
On March 20 they will hold the draw for the quarterfinals, semifinal and Final. So the paths for each team will be all laid out then.
Quarterfinal games: April 9 and 16.
Semifinal Games: April 30 and May 7
Final: May 27 in Gdansk, Poland.