The long road to the Europa League final will begin for many clubs when the competition's group-stage draw takes place on Friday.
For others, the journey has already begun in the qualifying rounds that have been played throughout the summer.
The drawing of the 12 groups marks the start of the competition proper, however, and will see a number of high-profile clubs join the party this year.
With a place in next season's Champions League the prize for the winner, Goal has all the information you all you need to know about the Europa League group-stage draw.
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE DRAW?
|Europa League group stage draw||Friday, August 25||Grimaldi Forum, Monaco|
The draw for the 2017-18 Europa League group stage will take place at 13:00 CEST (12:00 BST / 07:00 ET) on Friday, August 25.
Unlike the draws for previous rounds, which were held in Nyon, Switzerland, the group-stage draw will be held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
The Europa League Player of the Season award for 2016-17 will also be presented at the ceremony. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba are the nominees.
WHAT TEAMS ARE IN THE DRAW?
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
|Arsenal||Steaua Bucharest||Astana||Apollon Limassol|
|Villarreal||Young Boys||Rijeka||Slavia Prague|
|Athletic Club||Marseille||Vitoria de Guimaraes||Red Star Belgrade|
|Milan||Maccabi Tel Aviv||Zulte Waregem||Fastav Zlin|
|Viktoria Plzen||Lokomotiv Moscow||Zorya Luhansk||AEK Athens|
|Red Bull Salzburg||Austria Wien||Rosenborg||Lugano|
|Copenhagen||Hertha BSC||Sheriff Tiraspol||Vardar|
|Braga||Nice||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||Ostersund|
The group stage of the Europa League comprises 48 teams, with 16 of them entering at this stage. The field is completed by 22 teams progressing from the Europa League play-off round and the 10 teams eliminated in the Champions League play-off round.
Teams are subsequently divided into four pots of 12 teams each, with the 12 groups containing one team from each pot. Each group cannot contain more than one team from the same association.
Each team's pot is decided by their UEFA club coefficient, which is a score they are given based on their performance in the Champions League and Europa League over the past five seasons as well as the strength of the league they play in.
Arsenal have the highest coefficient (105.192) of any team in the group stage, while Ostersund have the lowest (3.945).
When does the group stage kick-off?
The first games of the 2017-18 Europa League group stage take place on September 14, and the final matches will be played on December 7.
Last season the majority of games kicked off at either 19:00 CEST/CET (18:00 BST/GMT) or 21:05 CEST/CET (20:05 BST/GMT), with occasional exceptions depending on geography.
CAN I WATCH THE GROUP-STAGE DRAW?
The Europa League group-stage draw is not currently scheduled to be broadcast live on television in the UK or US, but it can be watched via stream on UEFA.com.
WHAT TEAMS WERE IN THE PLAY-OFF ROUND?
Unlike the Champions League, the Europa League play-off round is not split into different sections.
|Team||Agg.||Team||Leg 1||Leg 2|
|Osijek||2-2 (a)||Austria Wien||1-2||1-0|
|Krasnodar||4-4 (a)||Red Star Belgrade||3-2||1-2|
|Club Brugge||0-3||AEK Athens||0-0||0-3|
|Viitorul Constanta||1-7||Red Bull Salzburg||1-3||0-4|
|Rheindorf Altach||2-3||Maccabi Tel Aviv||0-1||2-2|
|BATE Borisov||3-2||FC Oleksandriya||1-1||2-1|
|Dinamo Zagreb||1-1 (a)||Skenderbeu||1-1||0-0|
|Legia Warsaw||1-1 (a)||Sheriff Tiraspol||1-1||0-0|
|Viktoria Plzen||3-1||AEK Larnaca||3-1||0-0|