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Spurs in the 2024/25 UEFA Europa League – new format explained, draw dates, key information

mawspurs

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Our 3-0 victory at Sheffield United on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday rubber-stamped a fifth-place finish and a spot in next season’s UEFA Europa League.

It means we’ll return to the competition for the first time since 2020/21, although the tournament will take a different format to the one we last contested.

Source: Official Site
 

talkshowhost86

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For those who are more up on this than me, how do they decide which 8 teams you play out of the 36 in the league?

All seems needlessly complicated but I'm sure there are sound footballing financial reasons for it.
 

Yid-ol

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For those who are more up on this than me, how do they decide which 8 teams you play out of the 36 in the league?

All seems needlessly complicated but I'm sure there are sound footballing financial reasons for it.

Teams all split into 4 groups (based on coalition points) and then play 2 from each group, so we will get 2 decent teams to play at the start also.


Determining opponents
But who will the teams play? Prior to the competition, the 36 teams will be divided into four pots of nine teams based on coefficient ratings. Each team will be drawn against two other teams from each pot, for a total of eight matches in the League Stage. Critically, these are not home-and-home matchups. Clubs will be drawn home against one club and away against the other club from each pot. That’s eight different matches against eight different opponents, half home and half away. Also interestingly, there doesn’t appear to be any rules against being drawn against a team from your own federation in the League Stage the way there was in the old group stages. That means there’s a chance Spurs could face off against Chelsea (assuming Manchester City win the FA Cup) either home or away in the Europa League.

https://cartilagefreecaptain.sbnati...el-explained-league-table-playoff-competition
 

ERO

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No advantage being top seeded anymore then, as all teams play 2 games against each seeding level.
 

cwy21

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For those who are more up on this than me, how do they decide which 8 teams you play out of the 36 in the league?

All seems needlessly complicated but I'm sure there are sound footballing financial reasons for it.

We know you'll play eight different teams (two from each pot). I've not found anything about how the actual draw works. I suspect it will have a significant part be computer based just to make everything work out correctly.
 

ERO

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Teams all split into 4 groups (based on coalition points) and then play 2 from each group, so we will get 2 decent teams to play at the start also.




https://cartilagefreecaptain.sbnati...el-explained-league-table-playoff-competition
Clubs from the same country will not be drawn against each other in the league phase and each team plays at most against a maximum of two opponents from any other country (providing a deadlock in the draw can be avoided).

https://kassiesa.net/uefa/seedel2024.html - The GOAT of all things UEFA competition seeding/drawing stuff.
 

cwy21

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Clubs from the same country will not be drawn against each other in the league phase and each team plays at most against a maximum of two opponents from any other country (providing a deadlock in the draw can be avoided).

https://kassiesa.net/uefa/seedel2024.html - The GOAT of all things UEFA competition seeding/drawing stuff.
Although for the leagues that have four+ in the CL they might not be a able to avoid it. Especially if they have five (or even six).
 

Trix

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We know you'll play eight different teams (two from each pot). I've not found anything about how the actual draw works. I suspect it will have a significant part be computer based just to make everything work out correctly.
Apparently the draw is being made live from Stockley park and will take approx 3 and half weeks.
 

cwy21

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Apparently the draw is being made live from Stockley park and will take approx 3 and half weeks.

After I posted this I looked into it a bit and found this.


UEFA says that drawing each club's opponents manually -- as was the case under the old format, featuring high-profile former players -- would take up to four hours and require up to 900 balls due to the complex considerations within the draw.
 

ERO

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That will definitely shut up the people theorising about cold and hot balls to rig the draw 😅
 

FibreOpticJesus

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That will definitely shut up the people theorising about cold and hot balls to rig the draw 😅
Really. I would rather have a draw by hand than a computer programme designed by uefa which can be manipulated to give a result for their favoured teams🤔
 

-Afri-Coy-

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Really. I would rather have a draw by hand than a computer programme designed by uefa which can be manipulated to give a result for their favoured teams🤔

I would prefer it to be on the blockchain if it's done via an algorithm that way there would be full transparency and zero room for manipulation.
 

hughy

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Is there any country separation now or could we literally play Chelsea/United in the group stage?
 
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