Europa League group stage 2022/23: start date, teams and how to watch on TV

    The Europa League trophy at the Europa League draw
    The Europa League is back for the 2022/23 season (Picture: Harold Cunningham – UEFA/UEFA via Getty)

    The Europa League will soon return for the 2022/23 season, with a brand new set of 32 teams gearing up for the start of the group stage.

    German side Eintracht Frankfurt beat Rangers on penalties in last season’s final to lift the club’s first-ever European trophy.

    Arsenal will take part in this season’s Europa League after narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification on the last day of the 2021/22 season.

    And they will be joined in the tournament by Manchester United, who pipped West Ham to a spot in UEFA’s second European club competition.

    Here is what you need to know about the Europa League group stage 2022/23.

    When does the Europa League start?

    The first round of group stage matches will take place on Thursday, September 8, with the second round of matches taking place on Thursday, September 15.

    Matches in the group stage will kick off at either 5.45pm or 8pm.

    David De Gea at Europa 2021
    David de Gea will be hoping to go one better this time around after losing the 2021 final to Villarreal (Picture: MAJA HITIJ/AFP via Getty)

    Arsenal start their Europa League campaign with a trip to Switzerland to take on FC Zurich at 5.45pm, whilst Manchester United begin with a home match against Spanish side Real Sociedad at 8pm.

    The group stage will be completed by Thursday, November 3, with the draw for the play-off knockout round taking place on Monday, November 7.

    Group winners will advance straight into the Round of 16, whilst the group runners-up will enter the play-off knockout round to face the Champions League sides who finished third in their groups.

    Which teams are in the Europa League group stage?

    As well as Manchester United and Arsenal, Jose Mourinho’s Roma will feature in this season’s tournament after winning the inaugural Europa Conference League earlier this year.

    Mourinho won the Europa League with Manchester United after beating Ajax in the 2017 final, whilst Arsenal lost out to London rivals Chelsea when the final was staged in Baku in 2019.

    Europa League 2022/23 teams

    The group stage for this year’s competition is as follows:

    Group A:

    • Arsenal
    • PSV
    • Bodo/Glimt
    • Zurich

    Group B:

    • Dynamo Kviv
    • Rennes
    • Fenerbahce
    • AEK Larnaca

    Group C:

    • Roma
    • Ludogorets
    • Real Betis
    • HJK Helsinki

    Group D:

    • Braga
    • Malmo
    • Union Berlin
    • St Gilloise

    Group E:

    • Manchester United
    • Real Sociedad
    • Sheriff
    • Omonoia

    Group F:

    • Lazio
    • Feyenoord
    • Midtjylland
    • Sturm

    Group G:

    • Olympiacos
    • Qarabag
    • Freiburg
    • Nantes

    Group H

    • Red Star Belgrade
    • Monaco
    • Ferencvaros
    • Trabzonspor

    How to watch the Europa League on TV

    The Europa League will once again be shown live on BT Sport, who have exclusive rights to this year’s competition in the UK.

    Fans will be able to keep up to date with the action as it happens by tuning into The Goals Show on BT, which will show all of the important moments from across the Europa League and Conference League.

    Viewers who haven’t got access to BT Sport will be able to purchase a monthly pass for £25, with BT broadband not required to watch the action on BT’s app and web player.

    Full subscription to BT Sport starts from £16 a month, with a package containing BT, Sky, and Eurosport available for £41 a month.

    Highlights of the Europa League will be shown for free on BT Sport’s YouTube channel.

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