Live: Europa League Draw

Everton go into the hat for today’s Europa League play-off draw after last night’s third round qualifying victory in Ruzomberok completed a two-leg success over the Slovaks.

Here is everything you need to know about the draw, which will determine who the Blues face in their bid to reach the competition’s group stage. 

When and where is the draw – and how can I watch it unfold?

It takes place at 12pm UK time (1pm CET) inside UEFA’s Nyon headquarters and will be streamed live on uefa.com. Click here to view.

How does it work?

Clubs are seeded according to their coefficient and split into groups. All the clubs within each group are ordered randomly and identified by a number.

For each group of clubs, two bowls will be prepared.

One will contain balls with slips of paper numbered for the seeded teams - the other slips of paper for the unseeded teams.

A ball will be taken from each bowl and placed into an empty third bowl in the middle, where they will be shuffled.

One of the two balls will be drawn at random, then opened to display the number it contains, denoting the side playing at home in the first leg. The second ball is drawn to complete the pairing.

This procedure then applies throughout. The same procedure is carried out with the remaining balls to complete all the pairings.

Are the Toffees seeded and who is in their draw group?

Yes, they are.

The Blues have been placed in Group 2, alongside fellow seeds Athletic Bilbao of Spain, Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg, Portuguese side Braga and FC Midtjylland from Denmark.

Group 2’s unseeded clubs are made up of, Romanian outfit FC Viitorul Constanta, Icelandic team FH Hafnarfjordur, Hadjuk Split from Croatia, Cypriots and conquerors of Aberdeen, Apollon Limassol, and Greek giants Panathinaikos.

Group 2
Seeded
Athletic Club (ESP) 60.999
Salzburg (AUT) 40.570*
Braga (POR) 37.366
Everton (ENG) 29.192
Midtjylland (DEN) 16.300

Unseeded
Vitorul (ROU) 5.870*
FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) 6.175*
Hajduk Split (CRO) 11.550
Apollon Limassol (CYP) 10.710
Panathinaikos (GRE) 15.080

When will the ties be played?


The first legs are scheduled for Thursday 17 August, with the return meetings taking place seven days later on Thursday 24 August.

What comes next?


The 22 victorious teams enter the Europa League group stage draw, which takes place in Monaco on Friday 25 August at 12pm UK time (1pm CET).

They will be joined by 16 automatic qualifiers and 10 sides beaten in the Champions League play-off round.

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