Europa League draw: Hoffenheim in pot 3

The excitement ahead of the UEFA Europa League is growing. Today, Friday 2 October (13:00 CET), the draw for the group phase will be held in Nyon. Before the draw gets started, looks at potential opponents, the pots for the draw, the phases of the competition and important dates.

The possible opponents:

48 teams will take part in the UEFA Europa League group phase. However, not all of the teams have been determined yet. Only on Thursday evening, once the playoffs have been played, will the field of participants be complete.

But there are already some enticing names like Arsenal, Roma, Napoli, Benfica or Leicester City on the list – and could also make their way to the PreZero Arena during the competition. In addition, teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and the Glasgow Rangers are still fighting to compete in the group stage of the 2020/21 Europa League.

The phases of the competition:

48 teams will compete in 12 groups. The two top-placed teams in each group will qualify for the round of 32, where these 24 teams will be joined by eight teams knocked out in third place in their Champions League groups. In the knockout rounds, home and away ties will be played until the final. The final will take place on 26 May 2021 in Gdansk.

The pots for the draw:

Only late on Thursday evening, when the field is finalised will the pots be decided for the draw. TSG Hoffenheim already know they will not be in pot one, since more than twelve clubs who have already qualified boast a higher coefficient than TSG. The coefficient that determines what pot the teams go into is based on international results over the past five years, as well as their national league ranking. TSG's coefficient is 14.956, which means that Hoffenheim can still be placed into pots two, three or four. The most likely outcome, however, is that TSG will be in pot three.  

Where can I watch the games and what are the kick-off times?

In the 2020/21 season, the streaming service DAZN will broadcast every Europa League match – both in the Goal Zone, which jumps from one match to another following the most exciting action, and individual matches. In addition, the RTL Group has the right to broadcast one free TV game per week. This will be shown either on RTL or the subsidiary channel RTL Nitro.

The Europa League matches will kick off at two different times: At 19:00 and 21:00 CET. Each match day, the respective groups will alternate between the kick-off times.

Dates of the ties and draws:

Group phase draw: 02 October

Matchday 1: 22 October

Matchday 2: 29 October

Matchday 3: 05 November

Matchday 4: 26 November

Matchday 5: 03 December

Matchday 6: 10 December

Draw for the round of 32: 14 December

Round of 32, first game: 18 February

Round of 32, second game: 25 February

Draw for the round of 16: 26 February        

Round of 16, first game: 11 March

Round of 16, second game: 18 March

Draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals: 19 March

Quarter-finals, first game: 08 April

Quarter-finals, second game: 15 April             

Semi-finals, first game: 29 April             

Semi-finals, second game: 06 May

Final in Gdansk: 26 May

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