When is the Europa League last-16 draw?

The Europa League trophy will be won in Budapest on 31 May

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The Europa League last-16 draw takes place tomorrow as the group-stage winners are paired with the play-off winners in the knockout round.

Arsenal were among the eight clubs to win their Europa League group and are seeded for Friday morning’s draw.

Manchester United joined them as an unseeded play-off winner after defeating Barcelona in a thrilling contest at Old Trafford.

Here is everything you need to know.

When is the Europa League last-16 draw?

The draw takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday 24 February, at 11am GMT.


How does it work?

The eight Europa League group-stage winners are seeded, and the eight play-off winners (matches between the group-stage runners-up and the relegated Champions League sides) are unseeded.

The seeded club will have home advantage in the second leg.

Group stage winners (seeded)

  • Arsenal (ENG)
  •  Betis (ESP)
  • Fenerbahçe (TUR)
  • Ferencváros (HUN)
  • Feyenoord (NED)
  • Freiburg (GER)
  • Real Sociedad (ESP)
  • Union Saint-Gilloise (BEL)

Knockout round play-off winners (unseeded)

  • Union Berlin (GER)
  • Man United (ENG)
  • Juventus (ITA)
  • Leverkusen (GER)
  • Roma (ITA)
  • Sevilla (ESP)
  • Shakhtar (UKR) / Rennes (FRA)
  • Sporting CP (POR)

Can Arsenal play Manchester United?

No, not in this round. Clubs from the same national league can only draw one another from the quarter-finals onwards.

When are the fixtures?

The last-16 ties will be played on Thursday 9 and Thursday 16 March.


When and where is the final?

The Europa League final will take place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary on 31 May.

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