Europa League & ECL state of play: Who has qualified from the group stage and when is the draw for the knockout rounds? | Football News

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With the Europa League group stages drawing to a close, who is through, who’s dropping down into the Europa Conference League, and when is the draw for the next stage?

What is a play-off round and what’s changed about the Europa League?

From 2021/22, the Europa League group stage has been truncated to eight groups. Instead of a round of 32, the eight second-placed teams will meet one of the eight sides finishing third in their respective Champions League groups in a two-legged play-off round in February.

Those eight teams will join the eight Europa League group winners in the last 16 in March.

The teams who finish third in their Europa League groups will also see their European seasons extended for the first time, with those eight sides facing one of the eight sides who finished second in the Europa Conference League group stage for a place in the last 16 of that competition.

Who has qualified for the last 16?

West Ham celebrate a goal in the Europa League
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West Ham will be in the Europa League beyond the group stages

Lyon
Bayer Leverkusen
Monaco
West Ham

Spartak Moscow
Eintracht Frankfurt
Red Star Belgrade
Galatasaray

Who will feature in the play-off round?

Rangers
Real Betis
Real Sociedad
Napoli
Olympiakos
Dinamo Zagreb
Braga
Lazio
Borussia Dortmund*
Sheriff*
Zenit*

RB Leipzig*
FC Porto*
Barcelona*
Atalanta*
Sevilla*

*Champions League group stage third-placed sides

When is the draw for the play-off?

The Europa League play-off draw and Europa Conference League play-off draw take place in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, December 13.

How does the play-off draw work?

The eight sides finishing second in their Europa League group will be seeded and drawn against the eight sides who finished third in their Champions League groups.

No team can play a club from their group or any side from their own country.

The sides who finished second in their Europa League groups will play the first leg of their last-16 tie away from home.

When are the play-off ties?

The first legs of the play-off ties will be played on February 17, with the return fixtures a week later on February 24.

Europa Conference League

Who will drop into the Europa Conference League?

Celtic
Fenerbahce
Leicester
PSV
Sparta Prague
Marseille
Rapid Vienna
Midtjylland

These are the seeded teams in the ECL knockout round play-offs

Who could Celtic or Leicester face in Conference League knockout round play-offs?

Jonny Evans (second left) celebrates with team-mates after scoring for Leicester vs Napoli
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Leicester have dropped into the Europa Conference League

Bodo/Glimt
Maccabi Tel Aviv
PAOK
Partizan Belgrade
Qarabag
Randers
Slavia Prague
Vitesse/Tottenham*

Celtic could face Tottenham or Vitesse of the unseeded teams but Leicester could only face Vitesse of this pair.

Teams through to Conference League round of 16

LASK
Gent
Roma
AZ
Feyenoord
Copenhagen
Rennes
Basel

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