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When is the 2023/24 Europa League group stage draw?

The 2022/23 season may have only just come to an end, but there is no respite when it comes to UEFA competitions.

Champions League and Europa League qualifying takes place over the summer to decide who will join the clubs already secured of a group stage stop in 2023/24.

Here’s a look at when the group stage draw is scheduled to take place.

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West Ham are seeded in the group stage draw / JOE KLAMAR/GettyImages

The Europa League campaign begins in the third qualifying round. That draw will take place on July 24, with the first legs played on August 10 and the return games on August 17.

Slavia Prague and Olympiacos are in there along with losers of the Champions League second qualifying round League Path and Champions Path.

The play-off round currently features Ajax, LASK, Union Saint-Gilloise, Zorya Luhansk, Aberdeen, Cukaricki and Lugano, as well as losers of the Champions League third qualifying round Champions Path. The draw for the play-off round is August 7, with the games taking place on August 24 and August 31.

Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage.

32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four, with the sides seeded into four pots based on their club coefficients. West Ham go straight into Pot 1 as the winners of the 2022/23 Europa Conference League.

It will be a very special edition for Brighton and Hove Albion as they prepare to feature in the Europa League for the first time ever.

The pots will not be fully confirmed until the playoffs have taken place.

It is only after all of those games have been completed that we can get excited about the full Europa League group draw. That is scheduled for 1 September 2023.

Teams will then assess the sides they have been drawn with before the first group matchday on 21 September.

Exact details on how to watch the 2023/24 Europa League group stage draw have not yet confirmed. However, the draws are always shown by UEFA on their website and through their social media platforms.

Team

Pot

West Ham United

1

Liverpool

1

Roma

1

Villarreal

1

Bayer Leverkusen

1

Atalanta

1

Sporting CP

1 or 2

Rennes

1 or 2

Real Betis

2 or 3

Brighton

2, 3 or 4

Freiburg

2, 3 or 4

Toulouse

2, 3 or 4

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