The 2021/22 Europa League is already preparing for the last 16 stage after the initial knockout round playoff ties concluded on Thursday night.
Due to the addition of the Europa Conference League to the UEFA club calendar, this is the very first season that has seen a reshuffled format in the knockout stages.
The 8 Europa League group stage winners from the very first half of the season earned byes directly into the last 16, with the eight group runners-up contesting two-legged ties today and last against the 8 clubs who left of the Champions League-- consisting of Barcelona.UEFA will make the last 16 draw at 11am (GMT) at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland (12:00 pm regional time) on Friday 25 February 2022.
The last 16 draw will be streamed live on the main UEFA website. In the UK, it will also be broadcast live by BT Sport.
The Europa League group winners are seeded for this draw, while every club that has actually advanced from the preliminary knockout round is unseeded.
The draw will randomly match each seeded team against an unseeded team. However, nation defense stays in place and no 2 clubs from the exact same national association can be drawn together at this stage of the competition.
Europa League last 16 ties this season will be played in March, with first leg matches to take place on Thursday 10 March and second leg matches a week later on Thursday 17 March.The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, drawing up the complete tournament bracket for the rest of the competition, will be made the day after the last 16 ties conclude-- 18 March.The 2022 Europa League final will be dipped into Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, home of record winners Sevilla, on Wednesday 18 May. As has been the case for a number of years, whichever club wins will instantly receive next season's Champions League group stage.