2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage

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Template:Infobox international football competition The 2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage began on 22 October 2020 and ended on 10 December 2020. A total of 48 teams competed in the group stage to decide 24 of the 32 places in the knockout phase of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League.[1][2]

Antwerp, Granada, Leicester City, Omonia and Sivasspor made their debut appearances in the group stage.

Draw[edit source | edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 2 October 2020, 13:00 CEST, at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.[3]

In the case of associations with two or more representatives, clubs could be paired so that they played with different kick-off times (18.55 CET and 21:00 CET) for the benefit of TV audiences. If a paired club was drawn, for example, in groups A, B, C, D, E or F the other paired club – once drawn – would automatically be assigned to the first available group of G, H, I, J, K or L.
The following pairings were announced by UEFA after the group stage teams were confirmed:[4]

On each matchday, one set of six groups played their matches at 18:55 CET/CEST, while the other set of six groups played 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):[5]

Note: Positions for scheduling did not use the seeding pots, e.g. Team 1 was not necessarily the team from Pot 1 in the draw.

Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates
Matchday 1 22 October 2020
Matchday 2 29 October 2020
Matchday 3 5 November 2020
Matchday 4 26 November 2020
Matchday 5 3 December 2020
Matchday 6 10 December 2020

There were scheduling restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g. Celtic & Rangers, Arsenal & Tottenham Hotspur, Sparta Prague & Slavia Prague) 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).

Teams[edit source | edit]

Below were the participating teams (with their 2020 UEFA club coefficients),[6] grouped by their seeding pot. They included:

Key to colours
Group winners and runners-up advance to round of 32
Pot 1
Team Notes Coeff.[6]
Template:Fbaicon Arsenal 91.000
Template:Fbaicon Tottenham Hotspur [EL-MP] 85.000
Template:Fbaicon Roma 80.000
Template:Fbaicon Napoli 77.000
Template:Fbaicon Benfica [CL-LQ] 70.000
Template:Fbaicon Bayer Leverkusen 61.000
Template:Fbaicon Villarreal 56.000
Template:Fbaicon CSKA Moscow 44.000
Template:Fbaicon Braga 41.000
Template:Fbaicon Gent [CL-LP] 39.500
Template:Fbaicon PSV Eindhoven [EL-MP] 37.000
Template:Fbaicon Celtic [EL-CP] 34.000
Pot 2
Team Notes Coeff.[6]
Template:Fbaicon Dinamo Zagreb [EL-CP] 33.500
Template:Fbaicon Sparta Prague 30.500
Template:Fbaicon Slavia Prague [CL-CP] 27.500
Template:Fbaicon Ludogorets Razgrad [EL-CP] 26.000
Template:Fbaicon Young Boys [EL-CP] 25.500
Template:Fbaicon Crvena Zvezda [EL-CP] 22.750
Template:Fbaicon Rapid Wien [CL-LQ] 22.000
Template:Fbaicon Leicester City 22.000
Template:Fbaicon PAOK [CL-LP] 21.000
Template:Fbaicon Qarabağ [EL-CP] 21.000
Template:Fbaicon Standard Liège [EL-MP] 20.500
Template:Fbaicon Real Sociedad 20.456
Pot 3
Team Notes Coeff.[6]
Template:Fbaicon Granada [EL-MP] 20.456
Template:Fbaicon Milan [EL-MP] 19.000
Template:Fbaicon AZ [CL-LQ] 18.500
Template:Fbaicon Feyenoord 17.000
Template:Fbaicon Maccabi Tel Aviv [CL-CP] 16.500
Template:Fbaicon AEK Athens [EL-MP] 16.500
Template:Fbaicon Rangers [EL-MP] 16.250
Template:Fbaicon Molde [CL-CP] 15.000
Template:Fbaicon 1899 Hoffenheim 14.956
Template:Fbaicon Hapoel Be'er Sheva [EL-MP] 14.000
Template:Fbaicon LASK [EL-MP] 14.000
Template:Fbaicon CFR Cluj [EL-CP] 12.500
Pot 4
Team Notes Coeff.[6]
Template:Fbaicon Zorya Luhansk 12.500
Template:Fbaicon Nice 11.849
Template:Fbaicon Lille 11.849
Template:Fbaicon Rijeka [EL-MP] 11.000
Template:Fbaicon Dundalk [EL-CP] 8.500
Template:Fbaicon Slovan Liberec [EL-MP] 8.000
Template:Fbaicon Antwerp 7.580
Template:Fbaicon Lech Poznań [EL-MP] 7.000
Template:Fbaicon Sivasspor 6.720
Template:Fbaicon Wolfsberger AC 6.585
Template:Fbaicon Omonia [CL-CP] 5.350
Template:Fbaicon CSKA Sofia [EL-MP] 4.000
Notes
  1. EL-CP Winners of play-off round (Champions Path).
  2. EL-MP Winners of play-off round (Main Path).
  3. CL-CP Losers of Champions League play-off round (Champions Path).
  4. CL-LP Losers of Champions League play-off round (League Path).
  5. CL-LQ Losers of Champions League third qualifying round (League Path).

Format[edit source | edit]

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 32, where they were joined by the eight third-placed teams of the Champions League group stage.

Tiebreakers[edit source | edit]

Teams were 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 were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 16.01):[5]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams were tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams were still tied, all head-to-head criteria above were reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Wins in all group matches;
  10. Away wins in all group matches;
  11. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  12. UEFA club coefficient.

Groups[edit source | edit]

The group stage fixtures were confirmed on 2 October 2020.[7] The matchdays were 22 October, 29 October, 5 November, 26 November, 3 December, and 10 December 2020. The scheduled kickoff times were 18:55 and 21:00 CET/CEST.

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group A[edit source | edit]

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Group B[edit source | edit]

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Group G[edit source | edit]

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Group H[edit source | edit]

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Group I[edit source | edit]

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Group J[edit source | edit]

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Group K[edit source | edit]

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Group L[edit source | edit]

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Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. CEST (UTC+2) for dates up to 24 October 2020 (matchday 1), and CET (UTC+1) for dates thereafter (matchdays 2–6).

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "UEFA Europa League - Matches". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  2. "UEFA Europa League - Fixtures & results". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  3. "UEFA Europa League - Matches". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  4. "Europa League group stage draw: all you need to know". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League, 2020/21". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  7. "Europa League group stage fixtures". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.

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