The Europa League is back.
The 2019-20 competition was severely delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, and completed via a single-legged mini tournament in Germany.
Despite the unusual situation, the result was extremely familiar – Sevilla beat Inter Milan to win the competition for the fourth time in seven years. Both finalists are currently competing in the Champions League in 2020-21.
However, there’s plenty of British interest in this year’s competition. Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham from the Premier League are joined by Scottish heavyweights Celtic and Rangers. Here’s how you can catch all the action.
Europa League fixtures
With all 64 teams in action on the same day in the group stages, there’s loads of great football to look forward to. Here are the ties to look out for, all of which will be available on BT Sport.
Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal – KO 17.55
Tottenham vs LASK – KO 20.00
Leicester vs Zorya Luhansk – KO 20.00
Celtic vs AC Milan – KO 20.00
Standard Liège vs Rangers – KO 17.55
You can check out the full fixture list on the UEFA website.
How to watch the Europa League in the UK
BT Sport has exclusive rights to the Europa League in the UK, so you’ll need an active subscription in order to start watching.
Check out all the deals on BT Sport on TV, including if you just want access via the app. If you want access to BT Sport via your existing Sky box, you can easily do so by updating your viewing card. Prices currently start at £10 per month with £29.99 upfront.
BT Sport is also now offering a Monthly Pass, which gives you unlimited access to all the channels for £25 a month. This is contract-free, so you can dip in and out at any time.
Can I watch the Europa League for free?
Unfortunately not, as ITV lost rights to show the Europa League on free-to-air in 2015. However, there are rumours that the broadcaster is in talks to get some live coverage from the 2021-22 season onwards.
In the meantime, though, you’ll have to be content with a weekly highlights programme on ITV. The best moments from the games will also be available on the BT Sport YouTube channel shortly after full time.
How to watch the Europa League final abroad
BT Sport is usually geo-restricted, which means you can only officially stream the games if you’re based in the UK.
However, if you are a paying BT Sport or Virgin Media subscriber, you can get around this with a VPN. This will allow you to still appear as if you’re in the UK and retain access to channels, and it’s completely legal.
Nord VPN is one of our top recommendations, but you can check out our best VPN chart, which shows you some of the best services for accessing UK content from abroad.
While you’re here, you might also be interested in how to watch the Champions League, Premier League and Carabao Cup.