UEFA Europa Conference League draw for knockout play-offs: Who can Leicester City, Celtic, Marseille face?

The group phase of the UEFA Europa Conference League, the third-tier of European club competitors, is almost done and cleaned. Only one video game stays after Tottenham’s match with Rennes was delayed due to a COVID break out at Spurs. If and when that match is comprised, Spurs will need to win to protect an area in the knockout play-offs otherwise that last area will go to Vitesse, who beat NS Mura on Thursday. 

The makeup date or the result of that delayed match will not stop us from Monday’s 8 a.m. ET make use of Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ as the 8 pairings will be revealed for the knockout play-offs. We’ll break down how the knockout phase format works for this inaugural competitors listed below.

The top-two finishers from 8 groups (16 groups) will sign up with the third-place finishers from the UEFA Europa League (8 groups) to comprise the field for the knockout phase ahead of Monday’s draw from Nyon, Switzerland. 

The 8 group winners get a bye into the next round and will not begin their knockout phase journey till the round of 16, which leaves us with 16 groups fighting for the 8 staying area in the knockout play-offs. The UECL group runners-up and the UEL third-place finishers will be matched in the knockout play-offs, which will narrow the field below 24 to 16 by the end of February.

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Europa League knockout phase individuals

UECL group winners (through to round of 16): 

  • Group A: LASK (AUT)
  • Group B: Gent (BEL)
  • Group C: Roma (ITA)
  • Group D: AZ Alkmaar (NED)  
  • Group E: Feyenoord (NED)  
  • Group F: Copenhagen (DEN)  
  • Group G:  Rennes (FRA)
  • Group H:  Basel (SUI)

UECL group runners-up (seeded in knockout play-offs):

  • Group A:  Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
  • Group B:  Partizan (SRB)
  • Group C:  Bodo/Glimt (NOR)
  • Group D: Randers (DEN)  
  • Group E:  Slavia Prague (CZE)
  • Group F:  PAOK (GRE)
  • Group G:  Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) or Vitesse (NED)
  • Group H:  Qarabag (AZE)

UEL third-place finishers (unseeded in knockout play-offs):

  • Group A:  Sparta Prague (CZE)
  • Group B:  PSV Eindhoven (NED)
  • Group C:  Leicester City (ENG)
  • Group D: Fenerbahce (TUR)
  • Group E:  Marseille (FRA)
  • Group F:  Midtjylland (DEN)
  • Group G:  Celtic (SCO)
  • Group H:  Rapid Wien (AUT)

How to enjoy Conference League draw

Date: Monday, Dec. 13 | Time: 8 a.m. ET
Location:  UEFA head offices — Nyon, Switzerland
television and live stream: CBS Sports HQ and Paramount+

What are the draw guidelines?

The 8 UECL group runners-up are seeded and put in one pot. The 8 Europa League group third-placed groups, who are unseeded, will be put in a 2nd pot. A group from the seeded pot will be compared versus a group from the unseeded pot. Teams from the very same federation cannot be drawn versus one another. For example, Danish sides Randers (seeded) and Midtjylland (unseeded) cannot fulfill. Same chooses Czech sides Slavia Prague (seeded) and Sparta Prague (unseeded). If Tottenham in some way reach this stage, they would not be enabled to be matched versus Leicester City, who were dropped to Conference League play after a frustrating outcome at Napoli. 

Possible challengers for Leicester City consist of: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Partizan, Bodo/Glimt, Randers, Slavia Prague, PAOK, Qarabag.

Possible challengers for Marseille or Celtic or Fenerbahce or PSV Eindhoven — all without constraints — consist of: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Partizan, Bodo/Glimt, Randers, Slavia Prague, PAOK, Tottenham Hotspur or Vitesse, Qarabag.

Once groups are drawn, they will fulfill in two-legged ties — very first legs will be used Feb. 17 and 2nd legs will be on Feb. 24. The away objectives guideline will no longer be utilized to choose the ties, which indicates if connected after 2 legs, we’ll see additional time and after that to a charge shootout if a winner is not scored. The round of 16 draw will occur a day after the 2nd legs, on Feb. 25 at 8 a.m. ET.

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