Europa League 2020/21: When is the draw for the group stages? Who can Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Celtic and Rangers face?

Everything you need to know about how to watch the draw for the 2020/21 Europa League group stages - featuring five British clubs - live on BT Sport.

Published: 2 October 2020 - 8.56am

The most unpredictable Europa League season on record finished in August with Sevilla, who were already the most successful club in the history of the competition, lifting their sixth title in Cologne, Germany.

The Spaniards overcame Inter in an engrossing final, running out 3-2 winners thanks to a Luuk de Jong double and an own-goal from Romelu Lukaku.

Now less than two months after Sevilla’s crowning, the Europa League returns in what promises to be another captivating season on BT Sport.

Here BTSport.com provides a handy Q&A on everything you need to know about the upcoming Europa League group stage draw. 

When is the 2020/21 Europa League group stage draw?

The group stage draw will take place on Friday 2 October, a day after the final round of qualifying matches and the Champions League draw, from UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The 2019/20 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award will also be presented during the ceremony.

Which teams are in the pot for the 2020/21 Europa League group stage?

Pot 1

Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur

Roma

Napoli

Benfica

Leverkusen

Villarreal

CSKA Moskva

Braga

Gent

PSV Eindhoven

Celtic

Pot 2

GNK Dinamo

Sparta Prague

Slavia Prague

Ludogorets

Young Boys

Red Star

Rapid Wien

Leicester

Qarabag

PAOK

Standard Liège

Real Sociedad

Pot 3

Granada

AC Milan

AZ Alkmaar

Feyenoord

AEK Athens

Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Rangers

Molde

Hoffenheim

LASK

Hapoel Beer-Sheva

CFR Cluj

Pot 4

Zorya Luhansk

Lille

Nice

Rijeka

Dundalk

Slovan Liberec

Royal Antwerp

Lech Poznań

Sivasspor

Wolfsberg

Omonoia

CSKA-Sofia

Where can I watch the 2020/21 Europa League group stage draw?

BT Sport subscribers can watch a live stream of the draw from 12pm on Friday 2 October on BT Sport 2 HD, BTSport.com and the award-winning BT Sport app.

What has changed in the 2020/21 Europa League?

After last season’s competition was delayed, the 2020/21 tournament is taking place later than usual. The group stage gets underway on Thursday 22 October, with the final scheduled for Wednesday 26 May 2021 from the Stadion Energa Gdansk, Poland.

Unlike the Premier League, UEFA has retained the five substitutions rule that we saw across Europe towards the end of last season.

When are the draws taking place for the 2020/21 Europa League?

After the group stage draw on Friday 2 October, the draw for the Round of 32 will take place on Monday 14 December, with the Round of 16 draw on Friday 26 February 2021. The quarter-final and semi-final draw is set for Friday 19 March 2021.

What are the dates for the 2020/21 Europa League?

Group stage

Matchday 1: October 22

Matchday 2: October 29

Matchday 3: November 5

Matchday 4: November 26

Matchday 5: December 3

Matchday 6: December 10

Knockout stages

Round of 32: February 18 2021 – February 25 2021

Round of 16: March 11 2021 – March 18 2021

Quarter-finals: April 8 2021 – April 15 2021

Semi-finals: April 29 2021 – May 6 2021

Final: May 26 2021