The UEFA Europa Conference League knockout round play-off draw.
How the UEFA Europa Conference League knockout round play-off draw worked
The draw featured 16 teams: the third-place teams of the eight Europa League (UEL) groups and the runners-up from each of the eight Europa Conference League (UCEL) groups.
From this, two seeding pots were formed: one consisting of the eight UCEL runners-up (seeded teams) and the second the eight UEL third-place teams (unseeded teams).
UCEL runners-up/seeded teams
Qarabag, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Slavia Prague, POAK, Randers, Bodo/Glimt, Partizan Belgrade, Tottenham or Vitesse
UEL third-place teams/unseeded teams
Marseille, PSV, Fenebache, Midtjylland, Leicester, Celtic, Sparta Prague, Rapid Vienna
The first legs of the Conference League play-off round will take place on February 17 and the return legs a week later, February 24. The unseeded teams will play at home in the first leg and travel away in the second leg encounter.
One major change of this season sees the “away goals” rule removed, so matches levelled after both home and away encounters will go to 30 minutes of extra time.
If the side still cannot be separated after the additional 30 minutes, then it goes to a penalty shootout.
The UCEL play-off draw in full:
Marseille v Qarabag
PSV Eindhoven v Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Fenerbahce v Slavia Prague
Midtjylland v POAK
Leicester City v Randers (first time in history)
Celtic v Bodo/Glimt
Sparta Prague v Partizan Belgrade
Rapid Vienna v Tottenham Hotspur or Vitesse Arnhem
Tottenham Hotspur’s final group game against Rennes was postponed because of a Covid outbreak at Tottenham’s camp and UEFA is yet to decide on how the section should be concluded.
Dutch side Vitesse currently sits second in the group as the governing body decides whether Tottenham’s encounter should be rearranged or if either they or Rennes forfeit the match.