UEFA's introduction of the Europa Conference League established a new phase to the Europa League known simply as the 'playoffs'.
It's a rejuvenation of the round of 32 in which 16 teams compete in a bid to join the eight group winners in the last 16.
Here's everything you need to know about the 2022/23 Europa League playoffs draw following the conclusion of the group stage.
When is the 2022/23 Europa League knockout playoffs draw?
The draw for the 2022/23 Europa League playoffs will take place on Monday 7 November with the ceremony beginning at 13:00 CET (12:00 GMT).
UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland will host the draw.
Who is in the 2022/23 Europa League knockout playoffs draw?
The following Europa League group winners will skip the playoff round and go straight into the pot for the last 16 draw:
- Real Betis
- Union Saint-Gilloise
- Real Sociedad
As usual, there is some added spice being thrown into the mix in the form of some European giants dropping down from the Champions League.
There's the potential for some huge ties to be made in the knockout playoffs, with Manchester United and Roma among the group runners-up. Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Sevilla are all UCL dropouts teams will be hoping to avoid.
Europa League group runners-up
- PSV Eindhoven
- Union Berlin
- Manchester United
Champions League group third-placed teams
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Sporting CP
- Red Bull Salzburg
- Shakhtar Donetsk
How does the 2022/23 Europa League knockout playoffs draw work?
The eight runners-up from the Europa League groups are seeded, while those dropping down from the Champions League are unseeded.
The eight seeded sides will each be drawn against an unseeded team in a typical UEFA-led knockout draw.
No side can face another team from the same national association with these ties being decided over two legs. The seeded teams will play at home in the second leg.
When are the 2022/23 Europa League knockout playoffs?
The first legs are scheduled for 16 February, with the second legs a week later on 23 February.