The 2017/18 Europa League group stage as it stands
Manchester United were crowned 2016/17 winners, but how is next season’s UEFA Europa League group stage shaping up?*
ESP: Villarreal, Real Sociedad
GER: Köln, Hertha Berlin
ITA: Lazio, Atalanta
RUS: Lokomotiv Moskva
UKR: Zorya Luhansk
BEL: Zulte Waregem
TUR: tbc (cup final on Wednesday)
SUI: league third place (finishes Friday)
One team TBC**
These teams would, as it stands, be assured of a UEFA Europa League group place next term. Twenty-two group stage berths will be decided via qualifying in the summer while ten more teams transfer from the UEFA Champions League play-offs.
*All based on provisional standings and cup results as of 27 May 2017 with the access list decided by the UEFA association club coefficient rankings as of the end of 2015/16. Line-up for next season’s UEFA Europa League will be subject to final confirmation by UEFA in the summer.
**Manchester United, who would have begun in the UEFA Europa League group stage based on their Premier League position, will instead play in the UEFA Champions League as UEFA Europa League winners. The group stage vacancy is therefore filled by the cup winner (or the club replacing them if they have qualified for the UEFA Champions League via the domestic championship) of the association ranked 13th in the 2017/18 access list.