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When are the Europa League knockout round play-off and last 16 draws and who has qualified?

By Harry Edwards

When are the Europa League last 32 and last 16 draws and who has qualified?

Published: 15:59, 25 November 2021

The 2021/22 Europa League group stage is reaching its closing stages and teams are starting to secure their spots in the draw for the knockout ties.

Villarreal are the defending champions, but naturally they are playing in the Champions League as reward for their glory. However, there are still four former Europa League/Uefa Cup winners taking part in the group stage in PSV Eindhoven, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Galatasaray.

The summer’s group stage draw threw up some exciting fixtures such as Group E, which saw Galatasaray, Lazio, Marseille and Lokomotiv Moscow all bunched together. West Ham’s first European group stage saw them put in Group H alongside Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Wien while Leicester were drawn with Napoli, Legia Warsaw and Spartak Moscow.

Scotland’s two sides were given tough draws, too, with Rangers in Group A alongside Lyon, Sparta Prague and Brondby while Celtic faced Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Ferencvaros.

The 2021/22 season also sees a big change to the Europa League thanks, in part to the creation of the Europa Conference League. The Europa League has now been streamlined to include 32 teams, like the Champions League, with the third-placed teams dropping to the Europa Conference League.

But things also changed with qualification for the Europa League knockout stages. Now, the group winners will go straight to the last 16 while the eight runners-up are drawn against the Champions League dropouts in the knockout play-off round.

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When is the 2021/22 Europa League knockout round play-off draw?

The 2021/22 Europa League knockout round play-off draw is scheduled to take place on Monday 13 December 2021, with a start time of 12pm GMT (following on from the Champions League last 16 draw). As always, the draw will be hosted by the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

Once the draw is made, the knockout round play-off is scheduled for dates in February, with the first legs taking place on Thursday 17 February and the return fixtures one week later on Thursday 24 February.

How will the 2021/22 Europa League knockout round play-off draw work?

The knockout round play-off draw involves 16 teams, which is why is technically isn’t the Round of 32 we all grew to know and love. As mentioned, the round will feature the eight runners-up from the Europa League group stage and the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage.

The 16 teams will be split into two points with the eight runners-up being seeded and the eight Champions League dropouts unseeded.

As always, no team can be drawn against a club from their own association, while the Europa League group stage runners-up will play the return legs at home. However, bear in mind that the away goals rule was scrapped ahead of the 2021/22 Europa League campaign.

Who has qualified for the 2021/22 Europa League knockout round play-off?

Return here to see the teams that have qualified for the 2021/22 Europa League knockout round play-off as the group stage nears its climax?

Europa League knockout play-off round

1. Zenit (UCL) Russia
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When is the 2021/22 Europa League last 16 draw?

The 2021/22 Europa League knockout round play-off draw is scheduled to take place on Friday 25 February 2022, with a start time of 12pm GMT. As always, the draw will be hosted by the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

Once the draw is made, the last 16 is scheduled for dates in March, with the first legs taking place on Thursday 10 March and the return fixtures one week later on Thursday 17 February.

How will the 2021/22 Europa League last 16 draw work?

Being the second round of Europa League knockout football, there is expected to be no seeding or country protection for the last 16 draw.

That means the Europa League group winners could face their runners-up or even a team from their own association, depending on what happens in the knockout play-off round.

Who has qualified for the 2021/22 Europa League last 16?

Return here to see the teams that have automatically qualified for the 2021/22 Europa League last 16 as the group stage nears its climax.

Europa League last 16

1. Lyon France
2. West Ham United England
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