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2022/23 UEFA Europa League: Key Dates, Match Schedule & Final 

It has been two months since Eintracht Frankfurt squeezed past Scottish powerhouse Rangers in the 2021/22 Europa League final via a nail-biting penalty shoot-out. 

Die Adler won’t have an opportunity to defend the crown as they have booked their place in the upcoming Champions League campaign. 

UEFA has released the fixture schedule for the 2022/23 Europa League season, including the opening qualifying round and grand final dates.

Let’s take a look at all key dates for the upcoming season of Europe’s second-tier competition and how to watch the matches. 

How to watch the 2022/23 Europa League season? 

All Europa League fixtures in the 2022/23 season will be available to watch online via Europa League live streams.

When do Europa League qualifying fixtures start?

The 2022/23 Europa League qualifiers commence on August 4 with the third qualifying round, while the qualifying cycle rounds off on August 25.

The third qualifying round first-leg games, involving 28 sides coming through the Champions and League paths, start on August 4, with the second legs falling on August 11. 

Two teams crossing over from the Champions League second qualifying round as losers will join the Europa League third qualifying round. 

Play-offs kick off on August 18 with a set of first-leg matches, with the return fixtures scheduled for August 25. 

When does the Europa League group stage start?

The 2022/23 Europa League group stage, featuring 32 teams, gets underway on Thursday, September 8.

The final matchday of the upcoming Europa League group stage campaign will take place on November 3.

Unlike last season when the competition’s group fixtures were completed in the second week of December, next season’s group phase will finish a month earlier.

Due to the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, UEFA had to reschedule the regular dates to accommodate the world’s most prestigious international tournament to proceed as planned. 

When does the knock-out phase of the Europa League start?

The 2022/23 Europa League springtime fixtures commence on February 16 with the knock-out round play-offs first legs, while the return matches fall on February 23.

From there, the competition will resume on March 9 with the round of 16 first legs. The second-leg clashes are scheduled to take place on March 16. 

April 13 is booked for the quarter-finals’ first legs, with the return fixtures coming on April 20. 

The 2022/23 Europa League semi-final first legs fall on May 11, while the rematches take place on May 18. 

When and where is the Europa League final in 2023?

The 2022/23 Europa League showpiece, scheduled to take place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on May 31, will be the second major event in the Hungarian capital in three years.

The same venue played host to the 2020 UEFA Super Cup as Champions League winners Bayern Munich defeated their Europa League counterparts Sevilla 2-1 after extra-time. 

UEFA’s decision to hand the Puskas Arena the privilege to host the 2023 decider comes as a settlement for the 2022 stood-up.

Despite initially selecting Budapest as a host city for the 2022 grand final, UEFA eventually decided to hand hosting rights over to Seville. 

2022/23 Europa League Schedule – In Summary

Europa League Qualifying Fixtures:

  •  Third qualifying round: 4 & 11 August 2022
  • Play-offs: 18 & 25 August 2022

Europa League Group Stages:

  • Matchday 1: 8 September 2022
  • Matchday 2: 15 September 2022
  • Matchday 3: 6 October 2022
  • Matchday 4: 13 October 2022
  • Matchday 5: 27 October 2022
  • Matchday 6: 3 November 2022

Knockout Stages:

  • Knockout round play-offs: 16 & 23 February 2023
  • Round of 16: 9 & 16 March 2023
  • Quarter-finals: 13 & 20 April 2023
  • Semi-finals: 11 & 18 May 2023
  • Final: 31 May 2023

Europa League Draws:

  • Playoffs: 02 August 2022
  • Group Stage: 26 August 2022
  • Knockout Round Playoffs: 07 November 2022
  • Round of 16: 24 February 2023
  • Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Final: 17 March 2023

Europa League Final Venue: Puskás Arena in Budapest, Hungary

Also See:

Champions League 2022/23 Key Dates, Match Schedule & Final
Europa Conference League 2022/23 Key Dates, Match Schedule & Final

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