Europa League qualifying explained: Schedule, results, state of play, key dates

Ten teams will book a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League group stage via qualifying – who’s involved, how does it work and when do the games take place? Let explain.

When are the Europa League qualifying matches?

Third qualifying round first legs: 4 August 2022
Third qualifying round return: August 9 & 11, 2022
Draw for play-offs: August 2
First play-offs: August 18, 2022
Return play-offs: August 25, 2022


A total of 27 teams will take part in the 2022/23 Europa League qualifiers, including nine automatic entrants. As in 2021/22, there are only two stages: the third qualifying round and the play-offs. Ten teams will qualify for the group stage.

The teams play home and away. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes, extra time and penalties will be played. There are no away goals.

Third qualifying round

Teams involved (14)

10 teams eliminated from the second qualifying round of the Champions League (Champions Path)
2 automatic attendees
2 teams eliminated from Champions League second qualifying round (League path)

Ties (August 4 & 9/11)

Malmö FF (SWE) v Diddeleng (LUX) – (first leg) 3-0
Shamrock Rovers (IRL) v Shkupi (MKD) – 3-1
Linfield (NIR) v Zürich (SUI) – 0-2
Olympiacos (GRE) v Slovan Bratislava (SVK) – 1-1
Maribor (SVN) v HJK Helsinki (FIN) – 0-2
AEK Larnaca (CYP) v Partizan (SRB)* – 2-1
Fenerbahçe (TUR) v Slovácko (CZE)* – 3-0

*automatic attendees

What happens next?

Winners Progression to the Europa League play-off round.

beaten sides Transfer to the appropriate path of the Europa Conference League play-off round.

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Teams involved (20)

7 automatic attendees (Priority 1)
6 Teams Eliminated From Champions Path Of Champions League Third Qualifying Round (Priority 2)
5 Europa League third qualifying round champions path winners (Priority 3)
2 Europa League third qualifying round main path winners (Priority 4)

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To draw

The draw was made on Tuesday August 2.

Ties (August 18 & 25)

Dnipro (UKR)* vs AEK Larnaca (CYP)/Partizan (SRB)
Ghent (BEL)* vs Omonia (CYP)*
Austria Wien (AUT)* vs Fenerbahçe (TUR)/Slovácko (CZE)
Linfield (NIR)/Zurich (SUI) vs Heart of Midlothian (SCO)*
Maribor (SVN)/HJK (FIN) vs Silkeborg (DEN)*
Malmo (SWE)/F91 Diddeleng (LUX) vs Sivasspor (TUR)*
Qarabağ (AZE)/Ferencvaros (HUN) vs Shamrock Rovers (IRL)/Shkupi (MKD)
Maccabi Haifa (ISR)/Apollo (CYP) vs Olympiakos (GRE)/Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Pyunik (ARM) vs Sheriff (MDA)/Pilsen (CZE)
Ludogorets (BUL)/Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) vs Bodø/Glimt (NOR)/Žalgiris (LTU)

*automatic attendees

What happens next?

Winners Advance to the Europa League group stage.

beaten sides Transfer to the group stage of the Europa Conference League.

The group stage as it stands

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