UEFA Europa League: Qualification, Format, Past Winners & Betting

Europa LeagueUEFA organise the Europa League (UEL), it is the elite-tier competition of European club football, ranking below the Champions League. European football clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. The winner qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the following season’s Champions League.

As with all European tournaments there are two phases to the competition. The qualifying phase, where Qualification for the competition is based on UEFA coefficients, with better entrance rounds being offered to the more successful nations and the group stage. 48 teams compete in the group stage – 12 domestic cup winners from associations, 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 3, 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3, 22 winners from play-off round and 10 losers from Champions League play-off round.

From the 2020/2021 season Europa League 2, a third place European league will be in operation It will serve as the bottom level of the existing UEFA Europa League competition, which is due to be reduced to 32 teams in the group stage. The competition will primarily be contested by teams from lower-ranked UEFA member associations

Which Teams have Won the Europa League?

28 clubs have won the title, 12 of which have won it more than once. The Spanish side, Sevilla have won the competition five times to date and are the most successful club. Atletico Madrid are the current Champions after defeating Marseille in the 2017-2018 Europa League Final.

This years Europa League final is going to be contested by two English teams

11 different countries have had winning clubs in the competition. Spain have had 11 succesful clubs, Italy 11 and England 8.

Watching the Europa League Online

If you love the drama of the UEFA Europa League you can watch it from anywhere in Europe or the world for that fact due to UEFA’s official broadcast partners.

Depending on whether you want to watch the match live or not determines where you can watch it. It’s possible to watch all of the matches live, watch the delayed matches, watch highlights and / or goals or watch heat pads so you can see whats happening in the game.

If you are located in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland you can watch the action live on BT Sport by subsccribing to the sports package. If you are loctaed in another country you can view matches via one of UEFA’s media partners. If you happen to be on a plane or a boat take a look at Sport 24 who hold the rights for broadcasting in these places.

If you want to watch it for free, you can take a trip down your local pub or find a friend who has BT sport. Alternatively you can watch the highlights or use a bookmaker who has heat pad or offers you the chance to listen to their radio coverage.

Which Teams Qualify for the League?

Where England is concerned….under normal circumstances, three UEL places are given to English clubs who fulfil the following criteria:

The fifth-placed team in the Premier League qualify for the group stage proper.
The winners of the FA Cup qualify for the group stage proper.
The EFL Cup (Carabao Cup) winners qualify for the second qualifying round.

However, it is often complicated by the FA Cup and/or Carabao Cup winners qualifying for Europe through the league. If the:

a) FA Cup winners finish in the top five of the Premier League, their UEL group stage place will go to the next-highest ranked team not qualified for UEFA competitions in the Premier League.

b) EFL Cup winners finish in the top five of the Premier League (or top six if (a) happens), their UEL second qualifying round place will go to the next-highest ranked team not qualified for UEFA competitions in the Premier League.


Like many tournaments there is a qualifying phase and a League phase.

UEFA Europa League Qualifying consists of five rounds (preliminary, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Playoff). In the 2nd, 3rd, and Playoff qualifying rounds, teams are separated into the two routes, the Champions Route (teams that won their domestic leagues and were eliminated from Champions League qualifying) and the League Route (teams that did not win their domestic leagues). Teams are placed into each round based on their previous season’s domestic league rank and their association’s (federation) rank in the UEFA Associations’ Club Coefficient Rankings.

All qualifying rounds are played under a two legged knockout system (home and away basis). The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches advances to the next round. Away goal rules apply in the case of a tie (Explained at the bottom of the page).

League Phase
The UEFA Europa League Group Stage consists of 48 teams separated into 12 groups of 4 teams. They include the 21 winners from the Europa League playoff qualifying round (13 from the league route and 8 from the Champions Route), the 6 losing teams from the Champions League playoff qualifying round (Champions Route), the 2 losing teams from the Champions League playoff qualifying round (League Route), the 2 losing teams from the Champions League third qualifying Round (League Route), the domestic cup champion of associations ranked 1st-12th, the domestic league fourth placed team of the association ranked 5th, and the domestic league fifth placed teams of associations ranked 1st-4th in the UEFA Associations’ Club Coefficient Rankings.

In the Group Stage, each team plays the other twice, home and away, totalling 6 fixtures per team. The top two teams from each group, after 6 games, advance to the Europa League Round of 32. Three points are awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.

2018/2019 English Europa League Representatives

Arsenal finished fifth in the premier league and Man United finished sixth. Both will endter the UEL at the group stage.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – will compete in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, the first time the club has qualified for a European tournament for thirty-nine years, by virtue of finishing in seventh-place in the 2018–19 Premier League in their first season back in the top tier. They will enter at qualifying round phase 2.

Which is the Best Bookie to Bet on The Europa League With?

There are a plethora of bookmakers available online for Europa league fans to have a punt on the competition with. We recommend a number of bookmaker football betting apps on our homepage, they are all superb to bet on the Europa League with this season.

All of the bookies and their apps listed have a range of pre-match and in-play markets available. They all have a range of new customer offers which can give you some free bets. There are some superb betting tools available via these bookmakers apps. They have some brilliant features tha make betting on the Europa League exciting and thrilling.

However if you struggle to pick just one, we highly recommend bet365, who have a great range of offers for European matches and are leaders in creating the best tools and features. They also have a great new account offer.