Europa League final rules: Everything you need to know for Villarreal vs Man Utd
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The 12th Europa League final will be contested between Manchester United and Villarreal. We’ve got all of the latest information for the clash in Gdansk Poland. What are the rules for the Europa League final?
United made it through the Europa League final after beating AS Roma 8-5 on aggregate.
The Red Devils lost the second leg 3-2 in Italy, but won 6-2 a week earlier at Old Trafford.
Villarreal, meanwhile, edged past Arsenal in a tight affair.
Manager Unai Emery drew 0-0 with his Spanish side on his return to the Emirates Stadium, but Villarreal won the first-leg 2-1.
It will be the fifth time that United and Villarreal come face-to-face.
Neither team has ever scored a goal against the other, however. In fact, United have faced Villarreal more times without scoring than any other team in their history.
The Yellow Submarine have reached a European final for the first time, and are the 11th Spanish team to do so.
United will be competing in their eighth European final, and they’ve only lost in two of those previous fixtures.
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Europa League final rules
The cup final is a one-off match played over 90 minutes, with Villarreal as the selected ‘home’ team.
If the two teams are drawing at the end of 90 minutes, an additional 30 minutes will be played, spaced over two 15-minute halves.
If the deadlock still can’t be broken, the Europa League final will be decided on penalties.
Although United were selected as the ‘away’ team, away goals do not count in the final.
Europa League final substitutions
Both teams will be allowed to make up to five substitutions over the course of the match.
However, to limit the number of stoppages, the teams will only be able to make substitutions over three points in the game, not including half-time.
If the two teams are level after 90 minutes, substitutions made before extra-time, and at half-time in extra-time, do not count toward their three stoppages. Each team will also be able to make a sixth substitution.
Europa League final VAR
VAR will be in operation for the Europa League final in Gdansk.
It was used across all of the knockout stages of the competition, but wasn’t used in the group stages.
VAR will be rolled out to the group stages for next season’s competition.
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