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UEFA Europa Conference League play-off draw | UEFA Europe Conference League

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The draw for the 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League play-offs took place on Tuesday 2 August at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

Play-off qualifiers

The composition is subject to official confirmation by UEFA.

Champions Route
NK Maribor (SVN)
– CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU)
SFR (LVA) – Linfield F.C. (NIR)
KKS Lech Poznan (POL) – F91 Diddeleng (LUX)
FC Shkupi 1927 (MKD)
– Ballkani (KOS)
HSK Zrinjski (BIH) – ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)

main route
PFC CSKA-Sofia (BUL) – FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
FC Vaduz (LIE) – SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
Rakow Czestochowa (POL) – SK Slavia Prague (CZE)
APOEL FC (CYP) – Djurgardens IF (SWE)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv F.C. (ISR) -OGC Nice (FRA)
Craiova University (ROU) – Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR)
İstanbul Basaksehir FK (TUR) – Royal Antwerp F.C. (BEL)
Football Club FCSB (ROU) – Viking FK (NOR)
FK Partizan (SRB) – Hamrun Spartans F.C. (MLT)
ACF Fiorentina (ITA) – FC Twente (NED)
Villarreal CF (ESP) – HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
1. FC Cologne (GER) – Fehervar FC (HUN)
West Ham United F.C. – Viborg FF (DEN)
BSC Young Boys (SUI) -RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
1. FC Slovacko (CZE) – AIK (SWE)
Mold FK (NOR) – Wolfsberger AC (AUT)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) – Gil Vicente FC (BY)

Heads of series in bold.

Which teams participated in the draw?

There are two paths in this round: the champion path and the main path.

Champions Path (seeded teams in bold)

• Five winners from the third qualifying round of the third round of the UEFA Europa Conference League (Champions path)
• Five teams eliminated from UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (Champions path)

Malmö FF (SWE)/F91Diddeleng (LUX)
Shamrock Rovers FC (IRL)/FC Shkupi (MKD)
Linfield FC (NIR)/FC Zurich (SUI)
Olympiacos FC (GRE)/ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
NK Maribor (SVN)/HJK Helsinki (FIN)
Víkingur Reykjavík (ISL)/KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
RFS (LVA)/Hibernians FC (MLT)
Ballkani (KOS)/KI Klaksvik (FRO)
HSK Zrinjski (BIH)/FC Tobol Kostanay (KAZ)
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)/CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU)

Main route (seeded teams in bold)

• Five new participants:
West Ham United F.C.
Villarreal CF (ESP)
AFC Fiorentina (ITA)
FC Cologne (GER)
OGZ Nice (FRA)
• 27 winners from the UEFA Europa Conference League third qualifying round (main path)
• Two teams eliminated in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (main path)

Group 1
1 Brondby IF (DEN)/FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
two Breidablik (ISL)/İstanbul Basaksehir FK (TUR)
3 APOEL FC (CYP)/FC Kyzylzhar Petropavlovsk (KAZ)
4 ACF Fiorentina (ITA)
5 Sepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe (ROU)/Djurgardens IF (SWE)
6 FC Twente (NED)/FK Čukarički (SRB)
7 PFC CSKA- Sofia (BUL)/Saint Patrick’s Athletic FC (IRL)
8 Lillestrom SK (NOR)/Royal Antwerp FC (BEL)

Group 2
1 Neftci PFK (AZE)/SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
two FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda (SVK)/Fotbal Club FCSB (ROU)
3 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)/Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE)
4 Villarreal CF (ESP)
5 OGC Nice (FRA)
6 HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)/Vitoria SC (POR)
7 FC Vaduz (LIE)/Konyaspor (TUR)
8 Viking FK (NOR)/Sligo Rovers FC (IRL)

Group 3
1 SK Slavia Praha (CZE)/Panathinaikos FC (GRE)
two AEK Larnaca FC(CYP)/FK Partizan (SRB)
3 FC Zorya Luhansk (UKR)/Universitatea Craiova (ROU)
4 FC Cologne (GER)
5 FC Lugano (SUI)/Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR)
6 Fehervar FC (HUN)/FC Petrocub-Hincesti (MDA)
7 FC Spartak Trnava (SVK)/Rakow Czestochowa (POL)
8 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)/Hamrun Spartans FC (MLT)

Group 4
1 KuPS Kuopio (FIN)/BSC Young Boys (SUI)
two Dundee United FC (SCO)/AZ Alkmaar (NED)
3 West Ham United F.C.
4 Molde FK (NOR)/Kisvarda FC (HUN)
5 Fenerbahce SK (TUR)/1. FC Slovacko (CZE)
6 Paide Linnameeskond (EST)/RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
7 Wolfsberger AC (AUT)/Gzira United FC (MLT)
8 Riga FC (LVA)/Gil Vicente FC(POR)
9 AIK (SWE)/KF Shkendija (MKD)
10 Viborg FF (DEN)/B36 Torshavn (FRO)

How the giveaway worked

Champions Route

• The teams eliminated in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League were seeded.

• The balls containing the names of the seeded teams were placed in one bowl and those containing the unseeded teams were placed in another. One ball was taken from each pot and placed in a large empty pot in the center, where they were shuffled. The first team to leave will play at home in the first leg.

main route

• The main path teams are seeded and allocated the play-off draw based on the club coefficient ranking established at the beginning of the season.

• The 34 teams were divided into three groups of eight teams (Groups 1 to 3) and one group of ten teams (Group 4). Within each of the four groups, the teams were divided into an equal number of seeded and unseeded teams.

• If any team in a third qualifying round match has a coefficient that would entitle them to be seeded in the play-off draw, the winner of that match is automatically seeded in the draw.

• Teams from the same member association cannot play each other. More restrictions will be announced before the draw.

Groups 1 to 3

• All clubs in each of the top three groups may be further divided into groups with the same number of seeded and unseeded teams. All clubs were randomly assigned a number: for example, 1 to 4 for the seeded teams and 5 to 8 for the unseeded teams.

• Two containers were prepared, one for the seeded teams (four balls with papers numbered from 1 to 4) and one for the unseeded teams (four balls with papers numbered from 5 to 8).

• One ball was removed from each container and placed in an empty container, where they were mixed. One of the two balls was drawn at random and opened to reveal the number it contained. The second ball was drawn and opened to complete the pairing. The result was applied to all three groups. The first ball drawn designated the home team in the first leg of the three heats.

Group 4

• All clubs in the group were assigned a random number: 1-5 for the seeded teams and 6-10 for the unseeded teams.

• Two containers are prepared, one for the seeded teams (five balls with papers numbered from 1 to 5) and one for the unseeded teams (five balls with papers numbered from 6 to 10).

• One ball was removed from each container and placed in an empty bowl, where they were mixed. One of the two balls was drawn at random and opened to reveal the number it contained. The second ball was drawn and opened to complete the pairing. The first ball drawn designated the home team for the first leg.

• The same procedure is carried out with the remaining balls to complete the pairings.

What’s next?

The ties take place on August 18 and 25, with extra time and penalty shootouts if required after the second leg.

The winners advance to the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage, where they will be joined by teams arriving from the UEFA Europa League play-offs.

What are the key dates?

Play-offs: August 18 and 25, 2022
Group stage draw: 26 August

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