This year’s Europa League group stage is set to begin soon, with the tournament to contest its play-off round on Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.
Defending champions Atletico Madrid will not be participating in the group stage, as they secured qualification for the Champions League.
But this year’s edition of the Europa League will see the involvement of major Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea.
Goal brings you everything you need to know about the Europa League group stage draw, including when and where it takes place, how to watch it live and more.
What is the 2018-19 Europa League group draw?
This year’s Europa League group stage draw will determine the 48 teams who will compete in the group stage, drawn into 12 separate groups with the top two from each group making up the 32 teams that will make up the knockout phases of the tournament.
Those who will be involved in the draw will be made up of the 17 teams who automatically qualified for this stage, the 21 teams advancing from the play-off round, the six teams defeated from the Champions League play-off round and the four teams defeated in the Champions League third qualifying round league path.
Confirmed clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Villarreal, Anderlecht, Lazio, Sporting CP, Marseille, and AC Milan will be involved in the draw. You can view a complete guide to the Europa League here.
When is the 2018-19 Europa League draw?
This year’s Europa League group stage draw will take place on August 31 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, one day after the draw for the Champions League.
How to watch the 2018-19 Europa League live on TV
In the United States (US) the group stage draw can be watched live on television through TNT. It will also be streamed live online using Watch TNT or B/R Live.
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the group stage can be watched live on TV on BT Sport and it will be streamed live online using the BT Sport app.
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Who won last season’s Europa League?
Atletico Madrid are the holders of the competition, winners of the 2018 final against Marseille where they cruised to a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Gabi.
The trophy marked the first time that Fernando Torres lifted any major honour with his boyhood club.
The La Liga side will not be participating in the Europa League group stage as they have already automatically qualified for the Champions League, though could end up in the competition should they fail to progress past the group stages of the latter.