The Europa League has returned. Less than four months after Man Utd's agonising penalty shootout defeat in last year's competition, we're back in the group stages for 2021-22.

The Red Devils and holders Villarreal are playing each other in the Champions League this season, but there's still plenty of British interest to keep an eye on. Leicester and West Ham are representing the Premier League after strong league campaigns last year, and they're joined by Scottish heavyweights Celtic and Rangers. 

Here's all you need to know about watching the Europa League this season, wherever you are in the world.

Europa League fixtures

With 16 matches across eight groups taking place on the same day, the Europa League group stage is always full of action. Here are all the Gameweek 2 ties you can look forward to, alongside the UK channel and kick-off time:

Thu 16 Sept

  • Legia Warsaw v Leicester City - KO 17.45 - BT Sport 2
  • Sparta Prague v Rangers - KO 17.45 - BT Sport 3
  • Celtic v Bayer Leverkusen - KO 20.00 - BT Sport 3
  • West Ham United v Rapid Vienna - KO 20.00 - BT Sport 1/Ultimate
  • Antwerp v Eintracht Frankfurt - KO 17.45 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Fenerbahce v Olympiakos - KO 17.45 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Lyon v Brondby - KO 17.45 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Napoli v Spartak Moscow - KO 17.45 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Real Sociedad v Monaco - KO 17.45 - BT Sport Extra 2
  • Sturm Graz v PSV Eindhoven - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Ferencvaros v Real Betis - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Genk v Dinamo Zagreb - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Lazio v Lokomotiv Moscow - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Ludogorets v Red Star Belgrade - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only)
  • Marseille v Galatasaray - KO 20.00 - BT Sport ESPN
  • SC Braga v FC Midtjylland - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only)

Head to the UEFA website to see a full guide to the Europa League fixtures and results.

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.

There are a few options when it comes to signing up to BT Sport, firstly by taking BT Broadband. Put your postcode into the website to see what deals are available.

On the TV side, prices start at £7.50 per month for six months before rising to £15 per month for the rest of the 24-month contract. In exchange, you'll get all the BT Sport channels and BoxNation.

You can also just use the BT Sport app - works on mobile, tablet, smart TV and console - and buy the Monthly Pass for £25pm. Depending on your device, you'll still be able to watch in up to 4K HDR quality.

Sky customers can get BT Sport added from £20pm. BT also offers a combined package with Sky Sports via Now, which is £20pm for three months on a half-price deal. The VIP package adds even more, including Sky Cinema, for £65pm.

View all of the BT Sport packages here.

How to watch the Europa League from abroad

BT Sport is geo-restricted, meaning you can only officially watch its coverage if you're based in the UK.

A workaround is available if you're outside this region, but we'd encourage you to find the the local broadcaster first - especially if you're based there permanently. That's CBS and Univision in the US, Stan in Australia or Sony Pictures Networks in the Indian subcontinent.

However, if you already have an active UK subscription, we'd recommend accessing the BT Sport stream using 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.

If you're only planning on using the VPN for the football, you might also want to consider a free VPN. Nearly all will have a UK server, but there may be strict data limits. 

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