UEFA Cup is an annual football competition, currently known as UEFA Europa League which is organized by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since the foundation in 1971. Currently, the winner of Europa League, qualify for the next UEFA Champions League. 45th season of Europa League has almost gone where total 27 different clubs have claimed these title. The most successful club in UEFA Cup is Sevilla with four time winning and they are also the two times defending champion.
Qualifying round of UEFA Europa League 2016/17 season will start from next 30th June, 2016 and end up in 25th August, 2016. And the main event will begin from 15th September, 2016 and end in 24th May, 2017. Let’s see the qualifying round and main event schedule of Europa League 2016/17 below.
UEFA Europa League 2016-17 Schedule (All Stages)
|1.||30th June, 2016||1st Qualifying Round||1st Leg|
|2.||7th July, 2016||1st QR||2nd Leg|
|3.||14th July, 2016||2nd QR||1st Leg|
|4.||21st July, 2016||2nd QR||2nd Leg|
|5.||28th July, 2016||3rd QR||1st Leg|
|6.||4th August, 2016||3rd QR||2nd Leg|
|7.||18th August, 2016||Play Off Round||1st Leg|
|8.||25th August, 2016||Play Off Round||2nd Leg|
|9.||15th September, 2016||Group Stage||Game Day One|
|10.||29th September, 2016||Group Stage||Game Day Two|
|11.||20th October, 2016||Group Stage||Game Day Three|
|12.||3rd November, 2016||Group Stage||Game Day Four|
|13.||24th November, 2016||Group Stage||Game Day Five|
|14.||8th December, 2016||Group Stage||Game Day Six|
|15.||16th February, 2017||Round of 32||1st Leg|
|16.||23rd February, 2017||Round of 32||2nd Leg|
|17.||9th March, 2017||Round of 16||1st Leg|
|18.||16th March, 2017||Round of 16||2nd Leg|
|19.||13th April, 2017||Quarter Finals||1st Leg|
|20.||20th April, 2017||Quarter Finals||2nd Leg|
|21.||4th May, 2017||Semi Finals||1st Leg|
|22.||11th May, 2017||Semi Finals||2nd Leg|
|23.||24th May, 2017||Final|
UEFA Europa League 2016/17 will be the 46th edition of UEFA Cup and 8th edition of UEFA Europa League since the title was changed from UEFA Cup to UEFA Europa League in 2009. In 2016/17 UEFA Cup, expected participants are 189 teams from all 54 members of UEFA. Among them, around 48 teams will qualify for group stage where they will divide into twelve group, 4 teams each. Each team will play against other three teams twice home and away. It’s alike with round robin format. Group winner and runners up will be given approval to the round of 32.
The final of 2016/17 UEFA Cup will take place at Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden in next 24th May, 2016.
Though, the Europa League 2015/16 season has not complete yet but the preparation of next season is about to begin through the qualification round in 30th June, 2016.
The qualifying round and main event draw will be placed at the headquarters of UEFA in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw date is listed below.
# Draw Date:
|1.||1st & 2nd Qualifying Round||Qualifying||20th June, 2016|
|2.||3rd Qualifying Round||Qualifying||15th July, 2016|
|3.||Play Off Round||Play Off||5th August, 2016|
|4.||Match Day 1 to Match Day 6||Group Stage||26th August, 2016|
|5.||Round of 32||Knockout||12th December, 2016|
|6.||Round of 16||Knockout||24th February, 2017|
|7.||Quarter Finals||Knockout||17th March, 2017|
|8.||Semi Finals & Final||Knockout||21st April, 2017|
UEFA Cup is one of the largest and most prestigious event of football consisting of many clubs. This biggest football event used to broadcast worldwide by many networks. It is also one of the most viewed football competition nowadays.