The 2021/22 Europa League is already preparing for the last 16 stage after the preliminary knockout round playoff ties concluded on Thursday night.
Due to the addition of the Europa Conference League to the UEFA club calendar, this is the first season that has seen a reshuffled format in the knockout stages.
The eight Europa League group stage winners from the first half of the season earned byes straight into the last 16, with the eight group runners-up contesting two-legged ties this week and last against the eight clubs who dropped out of the Champions League – including Barcelona.
When is the Europa League last 16 draw?
UEFA will make the last 16 draw at 11am (GMT) at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland (12:00pm local time) on Friday 25 February 2022.
How to watch the Europa League last 16 draw
The last 16 draw will be streamed live on the official UEFA website. In the UK, it will also be broadcast live by BT Sport.
How the draw works
• The group winners are seeded and will be drawn against the winners of the knockout round play-offs.
• The UEFA Europa League group winners play the second leg at home.
• Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
Which clubs have qualified for the Europa League last 16?
Seeded (Europa League group winners)
Unseeded (knockout round playoff winners)
First legs: 9, 10 March
Second legs: 17 March
• Porto and Betis will play the first legs at home on Wednesday 9 March (kick-off 18:45 CET) to avoid a clash with Braga and Sevilla, repectively. The other first legs will take place on Thursday 10 March.
When is the 2022 Europa League final?
The 2022 Europa League final will be played at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, home of record winners Sevilla, on Wednesday 18 May. As has been the case for several years, whichever club wins will automatically qualify for next season’s Champions League group stage.
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