Since the 2009–10 season, the UEFA Cup competition evolved to what is now known as the UEFA Europa League. At the same time, the UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA's third-tier competition, was discontinued and merged into the new Europa League. The rebranding was in a bid to increase the profile of the competition and a new format was introduced to give teams the potential of more games through a league set.
An extra 16 teams would qualify for the main stages of the competition, with the group stage now consisting of 12 groups of four teams (in a double round robin), with the top two placed teams in each group progressing. The competition then progresses in much the same way as the previous format, with 4 rounds of two-legged knockout rounds and a one-off final held at a neutral ground meeting UEFA's Elite stadium criteria.