sport news Europa League group stage draw: All you need to know

The major footballing leagues across Europe are in full swing by now, but this week the make up of the continental competitions will also be decided.

The draw for the group stage of the Europa League, which begins next month, takes place on Friday, with Arsenal, Leicester and Tottenham awaiting their fate.

The Premier League trio have been joined by Celtic and Rangers, who were successful in their play-off ties on Thursday night. 

Sevilla were crowned Europa League winners in August but will not be in this year's contest

Sevilla were crowned Europa League winners in August but will not be in this year's contest

But with the coronavirus pandemic still wreaking havoc across Europe, UEFA are braced for the most logistically challenging competition ever.

Here, Sportsmail guide you through everything you need to know about the group stage draw...

WHEN IS THE DRAW?

The group stage draw will take place on Friday, October 2, from 12pm.

WHERE IS IT TAKING PLACE?

This season's group-stage draw was originally scheduled to take place in Greece but it has now been moved to Switzerland, where UEFA's headquarters are based.

The draw will be streamed live via Uefa’s official website, while BT Sport will also provide coverage. 

The final will be played in Gdansk, after last season's tournament was finished in Germany

The final will be played in Gdansk, after last season's tournament was finished in Germany

HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC IMPACTED THE DRAW?

Like football matches throughout much of Europe, the draw will now take place behind closed doors with only key personnel present.

That means no club chiefs or legendary former players watching on, so don't expect to see any grins - or grimaces - as the balls are drawn. 

WHO'S IN THE DRAW?

Pot One: Arsenal, Tottenham, Roma, Napoli, Benfica, Bayer Leverkusen, Villarreal, CSKA Moscow, Braga, Gent, PSV, Celtic

Pot Two: Dinamo Zagreb, Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague, Ludogorets, Young Boys, Red Star Belgrade, Rapid Vienna, Leicester, Qarabag, PAOK, Standard Liege, Real Sociedad

Pot Three: Granada, AC Milan, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, AEK Athens, Rangers, Molde, Hoffenheim, LASK, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Cluj

Pot Four: Zorya Luhansk, Nice, Lille, NK Rijeka, Dundalk, Slovan Liberec, Royal Antwerp, Lech Poznan, Sivasspor, Wolfsberg, Omonia, CSKA Sofia

Arsenal qualified for the Europa League after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final last month

Arsenal qualified for the Europa

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