As the club season draws closer for big teams in Europe, many others are already under way with the qualifying rounds of European competition pushing forward.
Teams progressing through the early Europa League rounds have their eyes on a lucrative spot in the group stage, and even harbor dreams of pushing through to the knockout rounds. To get there, they must earn a spot by playing through the qualifying and playoff rounds, which present tough trips across Europe against equally hungry opponents.
Unlike the Champions League and the Europa Conference League, the Europa League has not yet begun its qualifying stages. Still, in somewhat confusing fashion, the first official round of competition has been named the “third qualifying round” to sync up with the other European competitions.
Only two teams are confirmed to be participating in the third qualifying round of the Europa League: Partizan Belgrade and FC Slovacko. Other recognizable teams such as Qarabag, Ludogorets Razgrad, Fenerbahce, Malmo, Dynamo Kyiv, and others will hope swimming to be included in the Europa League third qualifying round, as it would mean they were dumped from the more prestigious Champions League.
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Europa League third qualifying round fixtures and schedule
The matchups for the 2022/23 Europa League third qualifying round were determined at the third qualifying round draw on July 18, 2022 from the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
|Leg 1||Leg 2|
|Ludogorets/Shamrock Rovers||Dinamo Zagreb/Skopje||TBD||TBD|
|Maccabi Haifa/Olympiacos||Ferencvaros/Slovak Bratislava||TBD||TBD|
|Maribor/Sheriff||HJK Helsinki/Victoria Plzen||TBD||TBD|
|Seeded||Unseeded||Leg 1||Leg 2|
|Partizan Belgrade||Midtylland/AEK Larnaca||TBD||TBD|
|FC Slovacko||Dynamo Kyiv/Fenerbahce||TBD||TBD|
How Europa League third qualifying round draw works
The third qualifying round draw will take place before the results of the Champions League second qualifying round are complete, meaning matchups will be drawn as placeholders for eventual participants.
In the Champions Path, there is no seeding. Instead there will be a straight draw for five matchups, with losers in the Champions League second qualifying round Champions Path also entering that strand of the Europa League.
In the Main Path, the two matchups will be drawn to include the two seeded teams, already designated as the qualifying teams we already know, and two unseeded teams that drop down from the Champions League second qualifying round League Path. The two teams entering the Europa League third qualifying round are Partizan Belgrade and FC Slovacko.
Winners from the Europa League third qualifying round will advance to the playoff round, which is the final stage of the Europa League before the group stage. There are 10 places in the group stage reserved for qualifiers from these early rounds of competition.
Teams in the Europa League third qualifying round draw
While the second qualifying round has not even started yet, the teams will see their names drawn in the third qualifying round draw, so that the winners over the next two weeks will know their potential advancement paths before the games kick off.
The teams in the Champions Path all earned their place in the competition by winning their domestic league title in its previous full season. They will all be teams that drop down from the Champions League second qualifying round. Therefore, this portion will not be seeded and instead be a straight draw.
|Apollo Limassol||Cyprus||1st – Cypriot First Div.|
|Bodo/Glimt||Norway||1st – Eliteserien|
|Dinamo Zagreb||Croatia||1st – Croatian First FL|
|F91 Dudelange||Luxembourg||1st – Luxembourg Nat. Div.|
|Ferencvaros||Hungary||1st – Nemzeti Bajnoksag|
|HJK Helsinki||Finland||1st – Veikkausliiga|
|Linfield||N. Ireland||1st – NIFL Premiership|
|Ludogorets Razgrad||Bulgaria||1st – 1st PFL|
|Maccabi Haifa||Israel||1st – Israeli PL|
|Malmö FF||Sweden||1st – Allsvenskan|
|Maribor||Slovenia||1st – Slovenian PrvaLiga|
|Olympiakos||Greece||1st – Super League Greece|
|FC Pyunik||Armenia||1st – Armenian PL|
|Qarabag||Azerbaijan||1st – Azerbaijan PL|
|Red Star Belgrade||Serbia||1st – Serbian SuperLiga|
|Shamrock Rovers||Rep. of Ireland||1st – League of Ireland PD|
|Sheriff Tiraspol||Moldova||1st – Moldovan Nat. Div.|
|FYROM||Macedonia||1st – Macedonian FL|
|Slovan Bratislava||Slovakia||1st – Slovak First FL|
|Victoria Plzen||Czech Republic||1st – Czech First League|
|Zalgiris||Lithuania||1st – A League|
|FC Zürich||Switzerland||1st – Swiss Super League|
The teams in the League Path all earned their place in the competition by securing qualifying positions in their domestic league’s previous full season, but did not win the domestic championship.
Teams with an asterisk
|are guaranteed a place in the third qualifying round as they enter the competition at this stage. All others will come from those dropping down after losses in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round League Path.||Seeded Team||Country|
|Qualified Via||Partizan Belgrade*||Serbia|
|2nd – Serbian SuperLiga||FC Slovacko*||Czech Republic|
|1st – Czech Cup||Unseeded Team||Country|
|Qualified Via||AEK Larnaca||Cyprus|
|2nd – Cypriot First Div.||FC Midtjylland||Denmark|
|2nd – Danish Superliga||Dynamo Kyiv||Ukraine|
|2nd – Ukrainian PL**||Fenerbahçe||Turkey|
2nd – Turkish Super Lig
** The 2021/22 Ukrainian Premier League season was cut short by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The table was solidified as it stood at its hiatus in February, seeing first-place Shakhtar Donetsk and second-place Dynamo Kyiv as the campaign’s Champions League qualifiers.
|How to watch UEFA Europa League 2022/23||Country||TV channel|
|live||UK||BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultimate|
|BT Sport app, BT Sport YouTube||USA||CBS (EN), Univision/TUDN (ESP)|
|fuboTV, Paramount+, ViX||Australia||9Gem|
Select matches from the Europa League preliminary rounds are available for broadcast, chosen by the broadcast partner for each market. For UEFA, other select matches are made available for streaming by the home team, often via their official YouTube page.
Europa League schedule 2022/23
|Preliminary and qualifying rounds schedule||Round||Draw||1st Leg|
|2nd Leg||Third qualifying round||July 18, 2022||Aug. 4, 2022|
|Aug. 11, 2022||Playoff round||Aug. 1, 2022||Aug. 18, 2022|
Aug. 25, 2022
Group stage schedule The draw for the 2022/23 Europa League group stage will take place Aug. 26, 2022 inIstanbul, Turkey
|Sept. 8, 2022||2|
|Sept. 15, 2022||3|
|October 6, 2022||4|
|October 13, 2022||5|
|October 27, 2022||6|
Nov. 3, 2022
Knockout stage schedule The draw for the 2022/23 Europa League knockout round playoffs will take placeNov. 7, 2022 and the draw for the Round of 16 will take placeFeb. 24, 2022 . The draw for the rest of the 2022/23 Europa League knockout stage will take placeMarch 17, 2023
. The 2023 Europa League final will take place in Budapest, Hungary onMay 31, 2023
|2nd Leg||Playoff Round||Feb. 16, 2023|
|Feb. 23, 2023||Round of 16||Mar. 9, 2023|
|Mar. 16, 2023||Quarterfinals||April 13, 2023|
|April 20, 2023||Semifinals||May 11, 2023|
|May 18, 2023||ultimate|
May 31, 2023