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    Europa Conference League

    The UEFA Europa Conference League (abbreviated as UECL), colloquially referred to as the UEFA Conference League, will be an annual football club competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for eligible European football clubs.[1] Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It is the third tier of European club football, after the Champions League and the Europa League.

    Introduced for the 2021?22 season, the league will serve as the bottom level of the existing UEFA Europa League competition, which was reduced from 48 to 32 teams in the group stage. The competition will primarily be contested by teams from lower-ranked UEFA member associations.[1] No teams qualify directly to the group stage, with 10 teams eliminated in the Europa League play-offs and the rest coming from the Europa Conference League qualifiers. The winners of the competition are awarded a position in the Europa League the following season, unless they qualify for the Champions League.[2]


    I think this is a fun tournament based on the qualifiers. A number of upsets already and great representation for smaller clubs from weaker nations. The third qualifying round starts this week, but the play-off draw is already out.


    Play-off draw:


    Europa Conference League play-off draw
    Champions path
    Mura (SVN) / ?algiris Vilnius (LTU) vs Prishtina (KOS) / Bod?/Glimt (NOR)
    Neft?i (AZE) / HJK Helsinki (FIN) vs Maccabi Haifa (ISR) / HB T?rshavn (FRO)
    Omonoia (CYP) / Flora Tallinn (EST) vs Shamrock Rovers (IRL) / Teuta (ALB)
    Riga (LVA) / Hibernians (MLT) vs Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) / Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
    Linfield (NIR) / Fola Esch (LUX) vs Kairat Almaty (KAZ) / Alashkert (ARM)

    Main path
    AEL Limassol (CYP) / Qarabağ (AZE) vs Breidablik (ISL) / Aberdeen (SCO)
    ?jpest (HUN) / Basel (SUI) vs Čukarički (SRB) / Hammarby (SWE)
    TNS (WAL) / Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) vs CSKA-Sofia (BUL) / Osijek (CRO)
    Pa?os de Ferreira (POR) / Larne (NIR) vs Tottenham (ENG)

    Stade Rennais (FRA) vs Rosenborg (NOR) / Dom?ale (SVN)
    La? (ALB) / Anderlecht (BEL) vs Vitesse (NED) / Dundalk (IRL)
    Vojvodina (SRB) / LASK (AUT) vs Galatasaray (TUR) / St Johnstone (SCO)
    Kolos Kovalivka (UKR) / Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ) vs Spartak Trnava (SVK) / Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)

    Bohemian (IRL) / PAOK (GRE) vs Hibernian (SCO) / HNK Rijeka (CRO)
    KuPS Kuopio (FIN) / Astana (KAZ) vs Union Berlin (GER)
    Luzern (SUI) / Feyenoord (NED) vs Elfsborg (SWE) / Vele? (BIH)
    Rak?w Czestochowa (POL) / Rubin (RUS) vs RFS (LVA) / Gent (BEL)

    Dinamo Batumi (GEO) / Sivasspor (TUR) vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL) / Copenhagen (DEN)
    Santa Clara (POR) / Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) vs Sochi (RUS) / Partizan (SRB)
    Trabzonspor (TUR) / Molde (NOR) vs Roma (ITA)
    Śląsk Wrocław (POL) / Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) vs Rapid Wien (AUT) / Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP)
    Jablonec (CZE) / Celtic (SCO) vs Tobol Kostanay (KAZ) / M?K ?ilina (SVK)

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    Lol Tottenham

    Dont understand why UECL winner isn't included in the CL or at least a CL qualifier really
    Some are boring, some are not.

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    Tottenham should kill this

    I like the idea and lowering the team amount in Europe League. Way too many random teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Gato View Post
    Lol Tottenham

    Dont understand why UECL winner isn't included in the CL or at least a CL qualifier really
    Qualifier at most then. Would be unfair to get a direct spot in CL like the EL winner while playing in a competition with much worse teams.

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    Probably. But don't think it'd be a massive problem since most teams go for prize money from better league spots anyway and winning the comp is very tough. Seeded spot in pot 4 seems alright on optics, but they'd never actually do it.

    Otherwise seeded 3rd round qualifier and guaranteed spot in EL minimum. Whole thing makes no sense without it since prize money for group stages of EL isn't great anyway, even on scale for smaller teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FinBarcelonafan View Post
    Tottenham should kill this
    I'd be amazed if they took this seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenks View Post
    I'd be amazed if they took this seriously.
    Their B team is still stronger than all the other teams on paper. Would be typical Spuds to bottle even this though