The UEFA Europa Convention League will start within the 2021-22 season. Discover out all it’s good to know concerning the competitors.
What’s the UEFA Europa Convention League?
It’s the new third-tier of European competitors, beneath the Champions League and the Europa League.
The UEFA Europa League will now, for probably the most half, be for home cup winners. And the UEFA Europa Convention League is the minor competitors primarily for many who qualify by league place although it is going to additionally embrace the cup winners from lower-ranked leagues.
How a couple of journey to Albania to tackle KF Tirana? Or off to Estonia to tackle FC Flora? Kuopion Palloseura (or KuPS) of Finland and FC Ararat-Armenia have additionally simply didn’t make the Europa League just lately. To not point out the Faroe Islands’ Klaksvikar Itrottarfelag (fortunately they’re generally referred to as KI!). All these groups might grace the group stage of the UEFA Europa Convention League sooner or later.
What number of groups will likely be within the UEFA Europa Convention League?
There will likely be 32 groups within the group stage, and the brand new competitors will function 141 matches over 15 match weeks, precisely just like the Europa League.
In whole, 176 groups will take part at some stage.
So who will play within the UEFA Europa Convention League?
In easy phrases, it is the groups who would have entered the Europa League on the preliminary spherical and first and second qualifying rounds.
Because the competitors is aimed toward giving smaller international locations extra European soccer, solely 5 golf equipment will come from the highest European leagues — all of which is able to enter within the closing qualifying spherical. The bottom-ranked staff in every of those nationwide home leagues will swap from the Europa League to the Convention League.
For this season, Tottenham Hotspur, Granada, AC Milan, Wolfsburg and Reims would have performed within the Convention League relatively than the Europa League had it begun a 12 months earlier.
No staff would qualify mechanically for the group stage, and solely the 5 nations from the highest leagues would begin within the closing qualifying spherical.
So who may very well be taking part in within the inaugural version of this new competitors? Primarily based on present league positions alone (as of April 27) listed below are a collection of the attainable individuals:
Beginning within the closing qualifying spherical: Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal, Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma, Lens, Pacos de Ferreira
Beginning within the third qualifying spherical: Spartak Moscow, Anderlecht, Galatasaray, Sturm Graz, FC Copenhagen, Kolos Kovalivka, Vitesse
Beginning within the second qualifying spherical: Guimaraes, Rubin Kazan, Genk, Trabzonspor, LASK, Aarhus, Vorskla Poltava, Feyenoord, Hibernian, Aberdeen, Sparta Prague, Slovacko, AEL Limassol, Apollon Limassol, Servette, FC Basel, Aris Thessaloniki, PAOK, Partizan, Vojvodina, Cukaricki, Osijek, Gorica, IF Elfsborg, BK Hacken, Molde, Valerenga, Rosenborg, Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Ashdod, Shakhter Karagandy, Tobol, Astana, BATE Borisov, Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino, Neftci Baku, Sumgayit, Lokomotiv Plovdiv, CSKA Sofia, CFR Cluj, Universitatea Craiova, Pogon Szczecin
Who else may very well be concerned?
By rights, the winners of the Carabao Cup go into the UEFA Europa Convention League, as UEFA considers it to hold the least price of England’s three spots exterior the Champions League berths.
Manchester Metropolis gained the Carabao Cup, however will likely be taking part in within the Champions League. And meaning the place transfers to the league.
The FA Cup closing is between Chelsea and Leicester, and if the winners additionally end inside the highest 6 within the Premier League then seventh enters the UEFA Europa Convention League.
There’s a likelihood that Chelsea win the FA Cup and end seventh or eighth, and in that occasion sixth would go into the UEFA Europa Convention League.
West Ham (fifth), Liverpool (sixth), Tottenham (seventh) and Everton (eighth) are the probably contenders proper now . Would it not be a prize or a poisoned chalice?
Now it will get extra straight-forward! The place will go to the seventh-placed staff in La Liga, as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao within the closing of the Copa del Rey.
The highest 4 have pulled properly away from the remainder, and there’s a seven-point hole between seventh and everybody else.
Meaning one in all Actual Sociedad, Actual Betis and Villarreal will qualify.
Juventus (4th) will tackle Atalanta (2nd) within the closing of the Coppa Italia on Could 19, which suggests seventh is nearly sure to qualify for the UEFA Europa Convention League. However who will get that place?
AS Roma sit seventh, however Sassuolo in eighth have reduce the hole to a few factors as of April 27. Lazio are six factors forward of Roma in sixth.
It is barely harder to work out in Germany, because the semifinals of the DFB Pokal is not going to be performed till April 30 / Could 1. Of the 4 groups remaining within the competitors, solely Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are in European positions — although they’ve been saved aside within the semifinal draw.
Bayer Leverkusen are in sixth, and can hope to be taking part in within the Europa League. Borussia Monchengladbach and Union Berlin come subsequent, 4 factors additional again. It appears possible that one in all these three groups will likely be within the UEFA Europa Convention League
With France cancelling the Coupe de la Ligue from this season, it now has a European format in step with the opposite high leagues (aside from England, in fact).
The Coupe de France is on the semifinal stage, and as in Germany two of the semifinalists (AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain) will qualify for Europe through the league and have been saved aside within the draw.
So proper now, fifth will go into the UEFA Europa Convention League however it might properly drop to sixth.
The highest 4 are properly clear, with Lens in fifth some extent forward of Marseille and Stade Rennes an extra level again. It is going to be between these three groups.
When does the UEFA Europa Convention League start?
Qualifying for minor nations will start as early as June 15. One bonus for groups from the highest leagues is that they solely should play one qualifying spherical (relatively than the three of latest seasons within the Europa League). So their street will start on Aug. 19 with two matches to play relatively than six.
Why has UEFA Europa Convention League been created?
Initially named “Europa League 2” as a working title, the competitors was created to offer groups from smaller nations, who would often not make the group stage of European competitors, a larger likelihood.
It means no less than 34 international locations will likely be represented within the group levels of the UEFA membership competitions (the assured quantity is 26 beneath the current format).
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin mentioned: “There will likely be extra matches for extra golf equipment, with extra associations represented within the group levels. There was a widespread demand by all golf equipment to extend their probabilities of collaborating extra usually in European competitors.”
Does this imply extra groups will qualify for Europe?
No, the entry checklist has merely been adjusted so groups from the smaller nations now play on this competitors, and fewer golf equipment will undergo Europa League qualifying.
The place will the UEFA Europa Convention League closing be performed?
Groups will head to the Nationwide Area in Tirana, Albania, on Wednesday, Could 24. The stadium has a capability of simply 22,500.
🏆 The Europa Convention League will launch subsequent season.
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Will groups drop down from Champions League and Europa League?
Sure, as follows:
Second qualifying spherical: 20 losers from Champions League qualifying enter
Playoff spherical: 8 losers from Europa League third-qualifying spherical enter
Group stage: 10 losers from Europa League playoff spherical enter
Knockout stage: 8 third-placed groups from Europa League teams enter
What number of groups will qualify from the group stage?
The highest two groups in every of the eight teams will advance to the knockout stage.
How will the knockout rounds work?
Group winners will mechanically undergo to the spherical of 16. However there will likely be a preliminary knockout spherical (or spherical of 32 as we now realize it) the place group runners-up will play two-legged ties in opposition to third-placed groups from the Europa League teams to succeed in the spherical of 16. The competitors then adopts a standard knockout format.
When will the video games be performed?
Fixtures will likely be on a Thursday, performed at 4.30 p.m., 6.45 p.m. or 9 p.m. CET.
When will the UEFA Europa Convention League closing be performed?
The brand new format for European finals will likely be:
Wednesday, Could 24: UEFA Europa Convention League
Thursday, Could 25: UEFA Europa League
Saturday, Could 27: UEFA Champions League
Do the winners qualify for the Europa League?
Sure, simply because the Europa League winners qualify for the Champions League, the UEFA Europa Convention League winners will mechanically be entered into the next season’s Europa League.
So what do groups consider this?
The principle challenge is that every one groups from the leagues ranked beneath fifteenth within the UEFA coefficient (primarily based on five-year efficiency in Europe) at the moment are locked out of the Europa League.
Groups from Cyprus, Switzerland and Greece simply miss out and could have no route into the Europa League (aside from dropping into it from Champions League qualifying).
The competitors has acquired a lukewarm reception from leagues that usually have groups who attain the Europa League group stage, who now really feel they’re being blocked from competing even on the second stage of European soccer.
A extra acceptable system could have been elevated “trickle down” from Europa League qualifying into the UEFA Convention League, in order to not shut off that route for therefore many groups.
Will the Europa League change?
The streamlined qualification course of means solely two rounds will likely be performed. Eight groups enter within the qualifying rounds, from the mid-ranked associations, with the remaining 16 locations made up of Champions League losers.
Groups getting into at this stage can be:
Third qualifying spherical
Cup winners from Czech Republic
Cup winners from Belgium, Ukraine, Netherlands, Turkey, Austria, Denmark and Scotland
Twelve groups will mechanically begin within the group stage, all from the highest six leagues, plus the Europa Convention League title holders from the 2022-23 season. Ten come by qualifying and an extra 10 drop in from the Champions League. It ought to guarantee a a lot stronger Europa League in comparison with what we at present see.
Groups getting into within the group stage
Cup winners from Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and Russia
Fifth-placed groups from Spain, England, Germany, Italy
Fourth-placed staff from France
There may also be a preliminary knockout spherical after the group stage (once more, that is actually the spherical of 32). The runners-up will play third-placed groups from the Champions League for a spot within the spherical of 16.
The Europa League group winners will skip a spherical in comparison with the present format, going straight to the spherical of 16.