2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League

The 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League is the inaugural season of the UEFA Europa Conference League, Europe's tertiary club football tournament organised by UEFA.

2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League
Arena Kombëtare, Tiranë.jpg
The Arena Kombëtare in Tirana will host the final.
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
6 July – 26 August 2021
Competition proper:
14 September 2021 – 25 May 2022
TeamsCompetition proper: 32+8
Total: 136+45 (from 54 or 55 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored41 (2.56 per match)
Attendance148,187 (9,262 per match)
Top scorer(s)Denmark Jonas Wind
Italy Lorenzo Pellegrini
(2 goals each)
All statistics correct as of 16 September 2021.

The final will be played at the Arena Kombëtare in Tirana, Albania.[1] The winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League will automatically qualify for the 2022–23 UEFA Europa League group stage, unless they manage to qualify for the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League group stage.[2]

This season is the first since 1998–99 (the last season when the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was played) where three major European club competitions (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Europa Conference League) take place.[3]

On 24 June 2021, UEFA approved the proposal to abolish the away goals rule in all UEFA club competitions, which had been used since 1965. Therefore, if in a two-legged tie, two teams score the same amount of aggregate goals, the winner will not be decided by the number of away goals scored by each team, but always by 30 minutes of extra time, and if the two teams score the same amount of goals in extra time, the winner will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.[4]

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 181 teams from at least 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League (the possible exception being Spain, although one of their teams may still participate after finishing third in the Europa League group stage and winning the play-off). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[5]

  • Associations 1–5 each have one team qualify.
  • Associations 6–15 and 51–55 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–50 (except Liechtenstein)[Note LIE] each have three teams qualify.
    • As the UEFA Europa Conference League title holders' berth in the UEFA Europa League is vacant this season, association 16 (Cyprus) have their domestic cup winner promoted from the Europa Conference League to the Europa League, so they only have two teams qualify.
  • Liechtenstein have one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league).[Note LIE]
  • Moreover, 20 teams eliminated from the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League and 26 teams eliminated from the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League are transferred to the Europa Conference League.
    • For this season, only 19 teams eliminated from the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League are transferred, as there is one fewer team competing in the Champions Path qualifying of 2021–22 UEFA Champions League.

Association rankingEdit

For the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2020 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2015–16 to 2019–20.[6]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Europa Conference League, as noted below:

  • (UCL) – Additional/vacated teams transferred from/to the UEFA Champions League
  • (UEL) – Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Europa League
Association ranking for 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1   Spain 102.283 1 –1 (UCL)
2   England 90.462
3   Germany 74.784
4   Italy 70.653
5   France 59.248
6   Portugal 49.449 2
7   Russia 45.549
8   Belgium 37.900
9   Ukraine 36.100 +1 (UEL)
10   Netherlands 35.750 +1 (UEL)
11   Turkey 33.600
12   Austria 32.925
13   Denmark 29.250 +1 (UEL)
14   Scotland 27.875 +1 (UEL)
15   Czech Republic 27.300 +2 (UEL)
16   Cyprus 26.750 +2 (UEL)
17    Switzerland 26.400 3
18   Greece 26.300
19   Serbia 25.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20   Croatia 24.875 3
21   Sweden 22.750
22   Norway 21.750 +1 (UCL)
23   Israel 19.625 +1 (UCL)
24   Kazakhstan 19.250 +1 (UEL)
25   Belarus 18.875 +1 (UCL)
26   Azerbaijan 18.750 +1 (UEL)
27   Bulgaria 17.375
28   Romania 16.700 +1 (UEL)
29   Poland 16.625
30   Slovakia 15.875 +1 (UEL)
31   Liechtenstein 13.500 1 [Note LIE]
32   Slovenia 13.000 3 +1 (UEL)
33   Hungary 12.875
34   Luxembourg 8.000 +1 (UCL)
35   Lithuania 7.875 +1 (UEL)
36   Armenia 7.625 +1 (UEL)
37   Latvia 7.625 +1 (UCL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38   Albania 7.375 3 +1 (UCL)
39   North Macedonia 7.375 +1 (UCL)
40   Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.875 +1 (UCL)
41   Moldova 6.750
42   Republic of Ireland 6.700 +1 (UCL)
43   Finland 6.500 +1 (UEL)
44   Georgia 5.750 +1 (UCL)
45   Malta 5.750 +1 (UCL)
46   Iceland 5.375 +1 (UCL)
47   Wales 5.000 +1 (UCL)
48   Northern Ireland 4.875 +1 (UCL)
49   Gibraltar 4.750 +1 (UEL)
50   Montenegro 4.375 +1 (UCL)
51   Estonia 4.375 2 +1 (UEL)
52   Kosovo 4.000 +1 (UCL)
53   Faroe Islands 3.750 +1 (UCL)
54   Andorra 2.831 +1 (UCL)
55   San Marino 0.666 +1 (UCL)

DistributionEdit

The following is the access list for this season.[7] In the default access list, the title holders of the Europa Conference League qualify for the Europa League group stage. However, since this berth is vacant this season, the following changes to the access list were made:

  • The cup winners of association 16 (Cyprus) enter the Europa League instead of the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.
  • The cup winners of associations 30 (Slovakia) and 31 (Liechtenstein) enter the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round.

As Villarreal, which otherwise would have qualified for the Europa Conference League play-off round via their domestic league, won the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League, thereby earning an automatic spot in the Champions League group stage as the Europa League title holders, thus vacating a berth in the play-off round. The following changes have been confirmed by UEFA:[8]

  • The domestic cup winners of associations 17 (Switzerland) and 18 (Greece) enter the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.
  • The domestic cup winners of associations 32 (Slovenia), 33 (Hungary), 34 (Luxembourg) and 35 (Lithuania) enter the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round.

Moreover, in the default access list, originally 17 losers from the Champions League first qualifying round are transferred to the Europa Conference League second qualifying round (Champions Path). However, since the Champions League title holders, Chelsea, which were guaranteed a berth in the Champions League group stage, already qualified via their domestic league, only 16 losers from the Champions League first qualifying round are transferred to the Europa Conference League second qualifying round (Champions Path) after the Champions League access list was rebalanced. As a result, only 19 teams enter the Champions Path second qualifying round (one of the losers from the Champions League first qualifying round is drawn to receive a bye to the third qualifying round).

Access list for 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League or Europa League
First qualifying round
(66 teams)
  • 20 domestic cup winners from associations 36–55
  • 25 domestic league runners-up from associations 30–55 (except Liechtenstein)[Note LIE]
  • 21 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 29–50 (except Liechtenstein)[Note LIE]
Second qualifying round
(108 teams)
Champions Path
(18 teams)
  • 3 teams eliminated from Champions League preliminary round
  • 15 teams eliminated from Champions League first qualifying round
Main Path
(90 teams)
  • 17 domestic cup winners from associations 19–35
  • 14 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–29
  • 16 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 13–28
  • 9 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 7–15
  • 1 domestic league fifth-placed team from association 6
  • 33 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(64 teams)
Champions Path
(10 teams)
  • 9 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path)
  • 1 team eliminated from Champions League first qualifying round
Main Path
(54 teams)
  • 2 domestic cup winners from associations 17–18
  • 6 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 7–12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 6
  • 45 winners from the second qualifying round (Main Path)
Play-off round
(44 teams)
Champions Path
(10 teams)
  • 5 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path)
  • 5 teams eliminated from Europa League third qualifying round (Champions Path)
Main Path
(34 teams)
  • 1 domestic league fifth-placed team from association 5
  • 4 domestic league sixth-placed teams from associations 1–4 (EFL Cup winners for England)
  • −1 Europa League title holder from association 1
  • 27 winners from the third qualifying round (Main Path)
  • 3 teams eliminated from Europa League third qualifying round (Main Path)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 17 winners from the play-off round (Main Path)
  • 10 teams eliminated from Europa League play-off round
Preliminary knockout round
(16 teams)
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage
  • 8 group third-placed teams from Europa League group stage
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 winners from the preliminary knockout round

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • CW: Domestic cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position of the previous season
  • LC: League cup winners
  • RW: Regular season winners
  • PW: End-of-season Europa Conference League play-offs winners
  • UCL: Transferred from the Champions League
    • Q1: Losers from the first qualifying round
    • PR: Losers from the preliminary round (F: final; SF: semi-finals)
  • UEL: Transferred from the Europa League
    • GS: Third-placed teams from the group stage
    • PO: Losers from the play-off round
    • CH/MP Q3: Losers from the third qualifying round (Champions/Main Path)
  • Abd-: League positions of abandoned season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe as determined by the national association; all teams are subject to approval by UEFA as per the guidelines for entry to European competitions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round are divided into Champions Path (CH) and Main Path (MP).

CC: 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[10]

Qualified teams for 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League
Entry round Teams
Knockout round play-offs   (UEL GS)   (UEL GS)   (UEL GS)   (UEL GS)
  (UEL GS)   (UEL GS)   (UEL GS)   (UEL GS)
Group stage   Zorya Luhansk (UEL PO)   AZ (UEL PO)   Randers (UEL PO)   Slavia Prague (UEL PO)
  Omonia (UEL PO)   CFR Cluj (UEL PO)   Slovan Bratislava (UEL PO)   Mura (UEL PO)
  Alashkert (UEL PO)   HJK (UEL PO)
Play-off round CH   Kairat (UEL CH Q3)   Neftçi Baku (UEL CH Q3)   Žalgiris (UEL CH Q3)   Lincoln Red Imps (UEL CH Q3)
  Flora (UEL CH Q3)
MP   Tottenham Hotspur (7th)   Union Berlin (7th)   Roma (7th)   Rennes (6th)
  St Johnstone (UEL MP Q3)   Jablonec (UEL MP Q3)   Anorthosis Famagusta (UEL MP Q3)
Third qualifying round CH   Shamrock Rovers (UCL Q1)[Note UCL Q1]
MP   Paços de Ferreira (5th)   Rubin Kazan (4th)   Anderlecht (4th)   Kolos Kovalivka (4th)
  Vitesse (4th)   Trabzonspor (4th)   LASK (4th)   Luzern (CW)
  PAOK (CW)
Second qualifying round CH   Bodø/Glimt (UCL Q1)   Maccabi Haifa (UCL Q1)   Shakhtyor Soligorsk (UCL Q1)   Fola Esch (UCL Q1)
  Riga (UCL Q1)   Teuta (UCL Q1)   Shkëndija (UCL Q1)   Borac Banja Luka (UCL Q1)
  Dinamo Tbilisi (UCL Q1)   Hibernians (UCL Q1)   Valur (UCL Q1)   Connah's Quay Nomads (UCL Q1)
  Linfield (UCL Q1)   Budućnost Podgorica (UCL Q1)   Prishtina (UCL Q1)   Inter Club d'Escaldes (UCL PR F)
  HB Tórshavn (UCL PR SF)   Folgore (UCL PR SF)
MP   Santa Clara (6th)   Sochi (5th)   Gent (PW)   Vorskla Poltava (5th)
  Feyenoord (PW)   Sivasspor (5th)   Austria Wien (PW)   Copenhagen (3rd)
  AGF (PW)   Hibernian (3rd)   Aberdeen (4th)   Slovácko (4th)
  Viktoria Plzeň (5th)   Apollon Limassol (2nd)   AEL Limassol (3rd)   Basel (2nd)
  Servette (3rd)   Aris Thessaloniki (3rd)   AEK Athens (4th)   Partizan (2nd)
  Čukarički (3rd)   Vojvodina (4th)   Osijek (2nd)   Rijeka (3rd)
  Hajduk Split (4th)   Hammarby IF (CW)   IF Elfsborg (2nd)   BK Häcken (3rd)
  Molde (2nd)   Vålerenga (3rd)   Rosenborg (4th)[Note NOR]   Maccabi Tel Aviv (CW)
  Ashdod (3rd)   Hapoel Be'er Sheva (4th)   Tobol (2nd)   Astana (3rd)
  Shakhter Karagandy (4th)[Note KAZ]   BATE Borisov (CW)   Torpedo Zhodino (3rd)   Dynamo Brest (4th)
  Keşla (CW)   Qarabağ (2nd)   Sumgayit (3rd)   CSKA Sofia (CW)
  Lokomotiv Plovdiv (2nd)   Arda (PW)   Universitatea Craiova (CW)   FCSB (2nd)
  Sepsi OSK (PW)   Raków Częstochowa (CW)   Pogoń Szczecin (3rd)   DAC Dunajská Streda (2nd)
  Vaduz (Abd-Cup)[Note LIE]   Olimpija Ljubljana (CW)   Újpest (CW)   F91 Dudelange (2nd)
  Panevėžys (CW)
First qualifying round   Śląsk Wrocław (4th)   Spartak Trnava (3rd)   Žilina (PW)   Maribor (2nd)
  Domžale (4th)   Puskás Akadémia (2nd)   Fehérvár (3rd)   Swift Hesperange (3rd)
  Racing Luxembourg (4th)[Note LUX]   Sūduva (2nd)   Kauno Žalgiris (3rd)   Ararat Yerevan (CW)
  Noah (2nd)   Urartu (3rd)   Liepāja (CW)   RFS (2nd)
  Valmiera (3rd)   Vllaznia (CW)   Partizani (3rd)   Laçi (4th)
  Sileks (CW)   Shkupi (2nd)   Struga (3rd)   Sarajevo (CW)
  Velež Mostar (3rd)   Široki Brijeg (4th)   Sfântul Gheorghe (CW)   Petrocub Hîncești (2nd)
  Milsami Orhei (3rd)   Dundalk (CW)   Bohemians (2nd)   Sligo Rovers (4th)
  Inter Turku (2nd)   KuPS (3rd)   Honka (4th)   Gagra (CW)
  Dinamo Batumi (2nd)   Dila Gori (3rd)   Gżira United (Abd-3rd)[Note MLT]   Birkirkara (Abd-4th)[Note MLT]
  Mosta (Abd-6th)[Note MLT]   FH (Abd-2nd)[Note ISL]   Stjarnan (Abd-3rd)[Note ISL]   Breiðablik (Abd-4th)[Note ISL]
  The New Saints (2nd)   Bala Town (3rd)[Note WAL]   Newtown (PW)   Coleraine (2nd)
  Glentoran (3rd)   Larne (PW)   Europa (2nd)   St Joseph's (3rd)
  Mons Calpe (4th)   Sutjeska (2nd)   Dečić (3rd)   Podgorica (4th)
  FCI Levadia (CW)   Paide Linnameeskond (2nd)   Llapi (CW)   Drita (2nd)
  NSÍ (2nd)   (3rd)   Sant Julià (CW)   FC Santa Coloma (3rd)
  La Fiorita (CW)   Tre Penne (3rd)

Three teams not playing a national top division take part in the competition: Gagra (2nd tier), Sileks (2nd tier) and Vaduz (2nd tier).

Notes

  1. ^
    Champions League (UCL Q1): One of the Champions League first qualifying round losers will be drawn to receive a bye to the third qualifying round (Champions Path), as one fewer loser were transferred to the second qualifying round (Champions Path), due to a Champions League group stage berth vacated by the Champions League title holders.
  2. ^
    Iceland (ISL): The 2020 Úrvalsdeild and the 2020 Icelandic Cup were abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iceland. The second-placed, third-placed and fourth-placed teams of the league at the time of the abandonment based on the average number of points per matches played for each team, FH, Stjarnan and Breiðablik, were selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League by the Football Association of Iceland.[11]
  3. ^
    Kazakhstan (KAZ): The 2020 Kazakhstan Cup was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kazakhstan. As a result, the fourth-placed team of the 2020 Kazakhstan Premier League was selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League by the Football Federation of Kazakhstan.[12]
  4. ^
    Liechtenstein (LIE):
  5. ^
    Luxembourg (LUX): The 2020–21 Luxembourg Cup was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Luxembourg. As a result, the fourth-placed team of the 2020–21 Luxembourg National Division was selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League by the Luxembourg Football Federation.[14]
  6. ^
    Malta (MLT): The 2020–21 Maltese Premier League and the 2020–21 Maltese FA Trophy were abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta. Originally the second, third and fourth-placed teams of the league at the time of the abandonment, Hibernians, Gżira United and Birkirkara, were selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League by the Malta Football Association. However, Ħamrun Spartans who were declared champions were subsequently banned from European competitions for match fixing. As a result, Hibernians were elevated to the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League and Mosta, the sixth-placed team, were selected to play in the UEFA Europa Conference League, since Sliema Wanderers, the fifth-placed team, failed to obtain a UEFA license.[15][16][17]
  7. ^
    Norway (NOR): The 2020 Norwegian Football Cup was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Norway. As a result, the fourth-placed team of the 2020 Eliteserien was selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League by the Norwegian Football Federation.[18]
  8. ^
    Wales (WAL): The 2020–21 Welsh Cup was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales. As a result, the third-placed team from the 2020–21 Cymru Premier was selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League by the Football Association of Wales.[19]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[20] Matches are scheduled for Thursdays apart from the final, which takes place on a Wednesday, though exceptionally can take place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays due to scheduling conflicts (especially featuring teams from countries where there are very few sufficient stadiums, such as Gibraltar and Wales). Scheduled kick-off times starting from the group stage are 18:45 (instead of 18:55 previously) and 21:00 CEST/CET, though exceptionally can take place at 16:30 due to geographical reasons.[21]

All draws start at 13:00 or 14:00 CEST/CET and are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. On 16 July 2021, UEFA announced that the group stage draw will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.[22]

Schedule for 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 15 June 2021 8 July 2021 15 July 2021
Second qualifying round 16 June 2021 22 July 2021 29 July 2021
Third qualifying round 19 July 2021 5 August 2021 12 August 2021
Play-offs 2 August 2021 19 August 2021 26 August 2021
Group stage Matchday 1 27 August 2021 16 September 2021
Matchday 2 30 September 2021
Matchday 3 21 October 2021
Matchday 4 4 November 2021
Matchday 5 25 November 2021
Matchday 6 9 December 2021
Knockout phase Knockout round play-offs 13 December 2021 17 February 2022
Round of 16 25 February 2022 17 March 2022
Quarter-finals 18 March 2022 7–8 April 2022
Semi-finals 28–29 April 2022 at Arena Kombëtare, Tirana
Final 25 May 2022 at Arena Kombëtare, Tirana

The original schedule of the competition, as planned before the pandemic, was as follows.

Originally schedule for 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 15 June 2021 8 July 2021 15 July 2021
Second qualifying round 16 June 2021 22 July 2021 29 July 2021
Third qualifying round 19 July 2021 5 August 2021 12 August 2021
Play-offs 2 August 2021 19 August 2021 26 August 2021
Group stage Matchday 1 27 August 2021 16 September 2021
Matchday 2 30 September 2021
Matchday 3 21 October 2021
Matchday 4 4 November 2021
Matchday 5 25 November 2021
Matchday 6 9 December 2021
Knockout phase Knockout round play-offs 13 December 2021 17 February 2022 24 February 2022
Round of 16 25 February 2022 10 March 2022 17 March 2022
Quarter-finals 18 March 2022 7 April 2022 14 April 2022
Semi-finals 28 April 2022 5 May 2022
Final 25 May 2022 at Arena Kombëtare, Tirana

Qualifying roundsEdit

First qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 15 June 2021, 13:30 CEST.[23] The first legs were played on 6 and 8 July, and the second legs were played on 13 and 15 July 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the Main Path second qualifying round. The losers were eliminated from European competitions for the season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
FCI Levadia   4–2   St Joseph's 3–1 1–1
Inter Turku   1–3   Puskás Akadémia 1–1 0–2
Drita   3–1[A]   Dečić 2–1 1–0
Sūduva   2–1   Valmiera 2–1 0–0
Birkirkara   2–1[A]   La Fiorita 1–0 1–1
Mons Calpe   1–5   FC Santa Coloma 1–1 0–4
Velež Mostar   4–2   Coleraine 2–1 2–1
Domžale   2–1   Swift Hesperange 1–0 1–1
Shkupi   3–1   Llapi 2–0 1–1
Tre Penne   0–7[A]   Dinamo Batumi 0–4 0–3
Partizani   8–4[A]   Sfîntul Gheorghe 5–2 3–2
Maribor   2–0   Urartu 1–0 1–0
Podgorica   1–3[A]   Laçi 1–0 0–3 (a.e.t.)
Milsami Orhei   1–0   Sarajevo 0–0 1–0
Noah   1–5   KuPS 1–0 0–5
Žilina   6–3   Dila Gori 5–1 1–2
FH   3–1   Sligo Rovers 1–0 2–1
Paide Linnameeskond   1–4   Śląsk Wrocław 1–2 0–2
RFS   6–5   2–3 4–2 (a.e.t.)
Bala Town   0–2   Larne 0–1 0–1
Fehérvár   1–3   Ararat Yerevan 1–1 0–2
Sutjeska   2–1   Gagra 1–0 1–1
Sileks   1–2   Petrocub Hîncești 1–1 0–1
Široki Brijeg   3–4   Vllaznia 3–1 0–3
Stjarnan   1–4   Bohemians 1–1 0–3
Glentoran   1–3   The New Saints 1–1 0–2
Sant Julià   1–1 (3–5 p)   Gżira United 0–0 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Europa   0–2   Kauno Žalgiris 0–0 0–2
Dundalk   5–0   Newtown 4–0 1–0
Mosta   3–4[A]   Spartak Trnava 3–2 0–2
Liepāja   5–2[A]   Struga 1–1 4–1
Racing Luxembourg   2–5   Breiðablik 2–3 0–2
Honka   3–1   NSÍ Runavík 0–0 3–1
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 16 June 2021, 13:30 CEST.[24] The first legs were played on 20, 21 and 22 July, and the second legs were played on 27 and 29 July 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the third qualifying round of their respective path. The losers were eliminated from European competitions for the season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Shamrock Rovers   Bye N/A
Teuta   3–2   Inter Club d'Escaldes 0–2 3–0 (a.e.t.)
Riga   3–0   Shkëndija 2–0 1–0
Dinamo Tbilisi   2–7   Maccabi Haifa 1–2 1–5
HB Tórshavn   6–0[A]   Budućnost Podgorica 4–0 2–0
Linfield   4–0   Borac Banja Luka 4–0 0–0
Shakhtyor Soligorsk   1–3   Fola Esch 1–2 0–1
Folgore   3–7   Hibernians 1–3 2–4
Prishtina   6–5   Connah's Quay Nomads 4–1 2–4
Valur   0–6   Bodø/Glimt 0–3 0–3
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
KuPS   5–4   Vorskla Poltava 2–2 3–2 (a.e.t.)
FCSB   2–2 (3–5 p)   Shakhter Karagandy 1–0 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Arda   0–6   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0–2 0–4
Apollon Limassol   3–5   Žilina 1–3 2–2
Čukarički   2–0   Sumgayit 0–0 2–0
Sutjeska   1–3   Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–0 1–3
Astana   3–2   Aris Thessaloniki 2–0 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Petrocub Hîncești   0–2   Sivasspor 0–1 0–1
AEL Limassol   2–0   Vllaznia 1–0 1–0
Sochi   7–2   Keşla 3–0 4–2
IF Elfsborg   9–0   Milsami Orhei 4–0 5–0
RFS   5–0   Puskás Akadémia 3–0 2–0
Dinamo Batumi   4–2   BATE Borisov 0–1 4–1
Partizan   3–0   DAC Dunajská Streda 1–0 2–0
Dundalk   4–3   FCI Levadia 2–2 2–1
Gżira United   0–3   Rijeka 0–2 0–1
Viktoria Plzeň   4–2   Dynamo Brest 2–1 2–1
Kauno Žalgiris   1–10   The New Saints 0–5 1–5
Domžale   2–1   Honka 1–1 1–0
CSKA Sofia   0–0 (3–1 p)   Liepāja 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Shkupi   0–5   Santa Clara 0–3 0–2
Hibernian   5–1   FC Santa Coloma 3–0 2–1
Larne   3–2   AGF 2–1 1–1
Gent   4–2   Vålerenga 4–0 0–2
F91 Dudelange   0–4   Bohemians 0–1 0–3
Velež Mostar   2–2 (3–2 p)   AEK Athens 2–1 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Qarabağ   1–0   Ashdod 0–0 1–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   1–1 (3–2 p)   Slovácko 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Ararat Yerevan   5–7   Śląsk Wrocław 2–4 3–3
Laçi   1–0[A]   Universitatea Craiova 1–0 0–0
Drita   2–3   Feyenoord 0–0 2–3
Basel   5–0   Partizani 3–0 2–0
Pogoń Szczecin   0–1   Osijek 0–0 0–1
Austria Wien   2–3   Breiðablik 1–1 1–2
Olimpija Ljubljana   1–1 (5–4 p)   Birkirkara 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Hammarby IF   4–1   Maribor 3–1 1–0
Molde   3–2   Servette 3–0 0–2
Újpest   5–2   Vaduz 2–1 3–1
Sūduva   0–0 (3–4 p)   Raków Częstochowa 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Spartak Trnava   1–1 (4–3 p)   Sepsi OSK 0–0 1–1 (a.e.t.)
FH   1–6   Rosenborg 0–2 1–4
Copenhagen   9–1   Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino 4–1 5–0
Panevėžys   0–2   Vojvodina 0–1 0–1
Hajduk Split   3–4   Tobol 2–0 1–4 (a.e.t.)
Aberdeen   5–3   BK Häcken 5–1 0–2
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Third qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 19 July 2021, 14:00 CEST.[25] The first legs were played on 3 and 5 August, and the second legs were played on 10 and 12 August 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the play-off round of their respective path. The losers were eliminated from European competitions for the season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Maccabi Haifa   7–3   HB Tórshavn 7–2 0–1
Linfield   2–4   Fola Esch 1–2 1–2
Shamrock Rovers   3–0   Teuta 1–0 2–0
Riga   4–2   Hibernians 0–1 4–1 (a.e.t.)
Prishtina   2–3   Bodø/Glimt 2–1 0–2
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
Dinamo Batumi   2–3   Sivasspor 1–2 1–1 (a.e.t.)
KuPS   5–4   Astana 1–1 4–3
Sochi   3–3 (2–4 p)   Partizan 1–1 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Śląsk Wrocław   2–5   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–1 0–4
Santa Clara   3–0   Olimpija Ljubljana 2–0 1–0
Újpest   1–6   Basel 1–2 0–4
IF Elfsborg   5–2   Velež Mostar 1–1 4–1
Kolos Kovalivka   0–0 (1–3 p)   Shakhter Karagandy 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Paços de Ferreira   4–1   Larne 4–0 0–1
Luzern   0–6   Feyenoord 0–3 0–3
Gent   3–2   RFS 2–2 1–0
Hibernian   2–5   Rijeka 1–1 1–4
Breiðablik   3–5   Aberdeen 2–3 1–2
Trabzonspor   4–4 (4–3 p)   Molde 3–3 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Bohemians   2–3   PAOK 2–1 0–2
The New Saints   5–5 (1–4 p)   Viktoria Plzeň 4–2 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Raków Częstochowa   1–0   Rubin Kazan 0–0 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   3–5   Copenhagen 1–1 2–4
Čukarički   4–6   Hammarby IF 3–1 1–5
Tobol   0–6   Žilina 0–1 0–5
CSKA Sofia   5–3   Osijek 4–2 1–1
Vojvodina   1–7   LASK 0–1 1–6
AEL Limassol   1–2   Qarabağ 1–1 0–1
Spartak Trnava   0–1   Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–0 0–1
Rosenborg   8–2   Domžale 6–1 2–1
Laçi   1–5   Anderlecht 0–3 1–2
Vitesse   4–3   Dundalk 2–2 2–1

Play-off roundEdit

The draw for the play-off round was held on 2 August 2021, 14:00 CEST.[26] The first legs were played on 19 August, and the second legs were played on 26 August 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the group stage. The losers were eliminated from European competitions for the season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Žalgiris   2–3   Bodø/Glimt 2–2 0–1
Neftçi Baku   3–7   Maccabi Haifa 3–3 0–4
Flora   5–2   Shamrock Rovers 4–2 1–0
Riga   2–4   Lincoln Red Imps 1–1 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Fola Esch   2–7   Kairat 1–4 1–3
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
Qarabağ   4–1   Aberdeen 1–0 3–1
Basel   4–4 (4–3 p)   Hammarby IF 3–1 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Viktoria Plzeň   2–3   CSKA Sofia 2–0 0–3 (a.e.t.)
Paços de Ferreira   1–3   Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 0–3
Rennes   5–1   Rosenborg 2–0 3–1
Anderlecht   4–5   Vitesse 3–3 1–2
LASK   3–1   St Johnstone 1–1 2–0
Shakhter Karagandy   1–4   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–2 0–2
PAOK   3–1   Rijeka 1–1 2–0
KuPS   0–4   Union Berlin 0–4 0–0
Feyenoord   6–3   IF Elfsborg 5–0 1–3
Raków Częstochowa   1–3   Gent 1–0 0–3
Sivasspor   1–7   Copenhagen 1–2 0–5
Santa Clara   2–3   Partizan 2–1 0–2
Trabzonspor   1–5   Roma 1–2 0–3
Hapoel Be'er Sheva   1–3   Anorthosis Famagusta 0–0 1–3
Jablonec   8–1   Žilina 5–1 3–0

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;
  Green: Group E;   Blue: Group F;   Purple: Group G;   Pink: Group H.

The draw for the group stage was held on 27 August 2021, 13:30 CEST (14:30 TRT), in Istanbul, Turkey.[22][27] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots, each of eight teams, based on their 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[10] Teams from the same association, and due to political reasons, teams from Azerbaijan and Armenia, could not be drawn into the same group. Prior to the draw, UEFA formed pairings of teams from the same association, including those playing in the Europa League group stage (one pairing for associations with two or three teams, two pairings for associations with four or five teams), based on television audiences, where one team was drawn into Groups A–D and another team was drawn into Groups E–H, so that the two teams would have different kick-off times.[28]

The matches will be played on 14 and 16 September, 30 September, 21 October, 4 November, 25 November, and 9 December 2021. The winners of each group will advance to the round of 16, while the runners-up will advance to the knockout round play-offs. The third-placed and fourth-placed teams will be eliminated from European competitions for the season.

Alashkert, Bodø/Glimt, Flora, Kairat, Lincoln Red Imps, Mura, Randers and Union Berlin made their debut appearances in a UEFA competition group stage. Alashkert, Flora and Lincoln Red Imps are the first teams from Armenia, Estonia and Gibraltar, respectively, to play in a UEFA competition group stage.

Location of Benelux teams of the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MTA LAS HJK ALA
1   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 3 Advance to round of 16 25 Nov 4 Nov 4–1
2   LASK 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to preliminary knockout round 30 Sep 9 Dec 4 Nov
3   HJK 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 21 Oct 0–2 25 Nov
4   Alashkert 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0 9 Dec 21 Oct 30 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAR GNT FLO ANO
1   Partizan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to round of 16 21 Oct 30 Sep 9 Dec
2   Gent 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Advance to preliminary knockout round 4 Nov 9 Dec 30 Sep
3   Flora 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 25 Nov 0–1 4 Nov
4   Anorthosis Famagusta 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 0–2 25 Nov 21 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ROM BOD ZOR CSS
1   Roma 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3 Advance to round of 16 4 Nov 25 Nov 5–1
2   Bodø/Glimt 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 Advance to preliminary knockout round 21 Oct 3–1 25 Nov
3   Zorya Luhansk 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 30 Sep 9 Dec 4 Nov
4   CSKA Sofia 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0 9 Dec 30 Sep 21 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JAB AZ RAN CLJ
1   Jablonec 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 25 Nov 21 Oct 1–0
2   AZ 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 30 Sep 9 Dec 4 Nov
3   Randers 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] 4 Nov 2–2 25 Nov
4   CFR Cluj 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 9 Dec 21 Oct 30 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: AZ 2, Randers 0.

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SLA FEY MHA UNI
1   Slavia Prague 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 Advance to round of 16 25 Nov 4 Nov 3–1
2   Feyenoord 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 30 Sep 9 Dec 21 Oct
3   Maccabi Haifa 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 21 Oct 0–0 25 Nov
4   Union Berlin 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 9 Dec 4 Nov 30 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Disciplinary points: Feyenoord −1, Maccabi Haifa −4.

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification COP PAO SLO LIN
1   Copenhagen 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 Advance to round of 16 21 Oct 9 Dec 30 Sep
2   PAOK 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to preliminary knockout round 4 Nov 30 Sep 9 Dec
3   Slovan Bratislava 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 1–3 25 Nov 21 Oct
4   Lincoln Red Imps 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 25 Nov 0–2 4 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIT TOT REN MUR
1   Vitesse 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to round of 16 21 Oct 30 Sep 9 Dec
2   Tottenham Hotspur 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 4 Nov 9 Dec 30 Sep
3   Rennes 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] 25 Nov 2–2 4 Nov
4   Mura 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 0–2 25 Nov 21 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Tottenham Hotspur 2, Rennes 0.

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification QAR OMO BAS KAI
1   Qarabağ 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] Advance to round of 16 25 Nov 0–0 21 Oct
2   Omonia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] Advance to preliminary knockout round 30 Sep 4 Nov 9 Dec
3   Basel 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 9 Dec 21 Oct 30 Sep
4   Kairat 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 4 Nov 0–0 25 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 16 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d Disciplinary points: Qarabağ −1, Omonia −2, Basel −3, Kairat −3. UEFA coefficient: Basel 49.000, Kairat 6.000.

StatisticsEdit

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank[29] Player Team Goals Minutes played
1   Lorenzo Pellegrini   Roma 2 74
  Jonas Wind   Copenhagen 79

Top assistsEdit

Rank[30] Player Team Assists Minutes played
1   Dan Biton   Maccabi Tel Aviv 2 45
  Pep Biel   Copenhagen 86
  Eldor Shomurodov   Roma 90

See alsoEdit

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