Updated to match(es) played on 1 October 2019. Source: UEFA
UEFA Europa League
Second qualifying round
Third qualifying round
The 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage began on 19 September and will end on 12 December 2019. A total of 48 teams compete in the group stage to decide 24 of the 32 places in the knockout phase of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.
The draw for the group stage was held on 30 August 2019, 13:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
The 48 teams were drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients.
On 17 July 2014, the UEFA emergency panel ruled that Ukrainian and Russian clubs would not be drawn against each other "until further notice" due to the political unrest between the countries.
Moreover, for associations with two or more teams, teams were paired in order to split them into two sets of six groups (A–F, G–L) for maximum television coverage. The following pairings were announced by UEFA after the group stage teams were confirmed:
Spain: Sevilla and Espanyol
England: Arsenal and Manchester United
Italy: Roma and Lazio
Germany: Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt
France: Saint-Étienne and Rennes
Russia: CSKA Moscow and Krasnodar
Portugal: Porto and Sporting CP; Braga and Vitória de Guimarães
Ukraine: Dynamo Kyiv and Oleksandriya
Belgium: KAA Gent and Standard Liège
Turkey: Beşiktaş and Trabzonspor
Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord
Austria: LASK and Wolfsberger AC
Switzerland: Basel and Young Boys
Scotland: Celtic and Rangers
On each matchday, one set of six groups play their matches at 18:55 CET/CEST, while the other set of six groups play their matches at 21:00 CET/CEST, with the two sets of groups alternating between each matchday. The fixtures were decided after the draw, using a computer draw not shown to public, with the following match sequence (Regulations Article 15.02):
Note: Positions for scheduling do not use the seeding pots, e.g. Team 1 is not necessarily the team from Pot 1 in the draw.
Group stage schedule
19 September 2019
2 v 3, 4 v 1
3 October 2019
1 v 2, 3 v 4
24 October 2019
3 v 1, 2 v 4
6–7 November 2019
1 v 3, 4 v 2
27–28 November 2019
3 v 2, 1 v 4
12 December 2019
2 v 1, 4 v 3
There were scheduling restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g. Lazio and Roma) in general were not scheduled to play at home on the same matchday (to avoid them playing at home on the same day, due to logistics and crowd control), and teams from "winter countries" (e.g. Russia) were not scheduled to play at home on the last matchday (due to cold weather).
Below are the participating teams (with their 2019 UEFA club coefficients), grouped by their seeding pot. They include:
17 teams which enter in the group stage
21 winners of the play-off round (8 from Champions Path, 13 from Main Path)
6 losers of the Champions League play-off round (4 from Champions Path, 2 from League Path)
4 League Path losers of the Champions League third qualifying round
Key to colours
Group winners and runners-up advance to round of 32
CL-CP Losers of Champions League play-off round (Champions Path).
CL-LP Losers of Champions League play-off round (League Path).
CL-LQ Losers of Champions League third qualifying round (League Path).
In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams of the Champions League group stage.
Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 16.01):
Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
Goal difference in all group matches;
Goals scored in all group matches;
Away goals scored in all group matches;
Wins in all group matches;
Away wins in all group matches;
Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
UEFA club coefficient.
The matchdays are 19 September, 3 October, 24 October, 7 November, 28 November, and 12 December 2019. The scheduled kickoff times are 18:55 and 21:00 CET/CEST, with possible exceptions at 16:50 CET/CEST due to geographical reasons.
Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).
^CEST (UTC+2) for dates up to 26 October 2019 (matchdays 1–3), and CET (UTC+1) for dates thereafter (matchdays 4–6).
^ abcQarabağ play their home matches at Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, Baku, instead of their regular home stadium Azersun Arena, Baku.
^ abcF91 Dudelange play their home matches at Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, instead of their regular home stadium Stade Jos Nosbaum, Dudelange.
^ abcLugano play their home matches at Kybunpark, St. Gallen, instead of their regular home stadium Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano, as it did not meet UEFA requirements.
^ abcLASK play their home matches at Linzer Stadion, Linz, instead of their regular home stadium Waldstadion, Pasching.
^ abcVitória de Guimarães' home matches were initially scheduled on Wednesdays at 16:50 CET/CEST, pending confirmation, due to security concerns related to scheduling conflicts with Braga's home matches. On 4 September 2019, the Vitória de Guimarães v Eintracht Frankfurt match was rescheduled back to 3 October 2019, 21:00 CEST, after a "risk reassessment by the security forces". On 11 September 2019, the Vitória de Guimarães v Arsenal match was refused rescheduling to 7 November 2019, 18:55 CET, in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Braga v Beşiktaş match.
^ abcOleksandriya play their home matches at Arena Lviv, Lviv, instead of their regular home stadium CSC Nika Stadium, Oleksandriia, as it did not meet UEFA requirements.
^ abcWolfsberger AC play their home matches at Liebenauer Stadium, Graz, instead of their regular home stadium Lavanttal-Arena, Wolfsberg.
^ abPartizan play two matches behind closed doors, for the racist behaviour of its supporters against Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor at the third qualifying round. However, new regulations allowed next generation of fans as exception for their Europa League match opener against AZ.
^ abcAZ play their home matches at Cars Jeans Stadion, The Hague, instead of their regular home stadium AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar due to the latter's roof collapse.
Arsenal–Kyiv withdrew from professional competitions after being relegated from the Premier League.
PFC Sumy received new ownership during winter break in the face of Serhiy Vashchenko who earlier this season was supposed to become the owner of Kobra Kharkiv. The new head coach was announced also former head coach of Kobra, Oleksandr Oliynyk. According to the former club's director Anatoliy Boiko, on 1 December 2018 PFC Sumy did not have any players on contract. On 11 April 2019, the FFU Control and Disciplinary Committee adopted its decision to strip the club of professional status and exclude the club from any competitions that it is participating currently or in the future. However the club has a right to file an appeal. Additional separate sanctions will be also applied against the club's playing and administrative personnel. On 14 April 2019, the chairman of the FFU committee of ethics and fair play Francesco Baranka noted that PFC Sumy has earned some 10 million euros in match fixing. More to it, Ukrainian coach Oleksandr Sevidov who held post of head coach consultant in PFC Sumy and previously managed FC Illichivets Mariupol received a lifetime disqualification.
On 17 February 2019, president of FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi commented on his club's withdrawal from further participation in competitions of the Ukrainian First League. The president accused the newly formed NABU and law enforcement authorities in pressure against him. The president of the league expressed his surprise claiming that there seemed no real reason why the club had to withdraw. On 5 April 2019, the PFL council of leagues adopted its decision to remove FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi from the League as it officially withdrew on 14 March 2019. On 22 April 2019, the club's vice-president announced that the club will restart from regional competitions with intention to return the club's pro-status in the future.
Helios Kharkiv, the club reorganized under new management under a new name as FC Kobra Kharkiv. The club merged with another amateur club called the Kobra Football Academy which was playing in the Kharkiv Oblast Football Championship. On 15 August 2018 the club informed the Professional Football League of Ukraine about withdrawal from professional competitions, and were later officially expelled from the league.
FC Myr Hornostayivka withdrew from competitions in protest.
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