UEL 2017/18 draw and match calendar

One of the less attractive aspects about the UEFA Europa League (UEL) is the lack of the title-winning team to defend the trophy they won the previous season. That is, unless like Sevilla in the 2015/16 season, they drop out of the UEFA Champions League at the group stage and join the teams who have qualified for the Round of 32┬ástage. It, however, is the platform for teams from Europe to realise their Champions League dream by winning the trophy. Manchester United were the winners of the 2016-17 edition of this tournament, helping them qualify for the group stage of next season’s Champions League.

Arsenal are one of the European heavyweights who have qualified for the 2017/18 UEL group stage.

Below are the essential dates for the 47th edition of Europe’s secondary club football tournament:

Event Dates
First and second qualifying round draws June 19 (Monday)
1st qualifying round June 29 and July 6 (second leg)
2nd qualifying round July 13 and 20 (second leg)
Third qualifying round draw July 14 (Friday)
3rd qualifying round July 27 and August 3 (second leg)
Playoff round draw August 4 (Friday)
Play-off round August 17 and 24 (second leg)
Group stage draw August 25
Matchday one September 14
Matchday two September 28
Matchday three October 19
Matchday four November 2
Matchday five November 23
Matchday six December 7
Round of 32 draw December 11
R-32 first leg February 15, 2018
R-32 second leg February 22
Round of 16 draw February 23
R-16 first leg March 8
R-16 second leg March 15
Quarter-final draw March 16
Quarter-final first leg April 5
Quarter-final second leg April 12
Semi-final and Final draws April 13
Semi-final first leg April 26
Semi-final second leg May 3
Final May 16 (Wednesday)

*All matches except the Final will be played on Thursdays, over two time slots.

The 2017/18 Europe League final will be hosted by Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.

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