As the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League season nears its conclusion, UEFA.com guides you through the showpiece.
Who will be in the 2022 Europa Conference League final?
The first Europa Conference League final will pit Italian side Roma against Feyenoord of the Netherlands, the two highest-scoring teams in the competition who possess, in Tammy Abraham and Cyriel Dessers, the two individual top scorers.
Feyenoord started their campaign in Kosovo on 22 July and had to come through three qualifying rounds; they are unbeaten in the competition proper. José Mourinho’s Roma, who started in the play-offs, dusted themselves down from a 6-1 group loss at Bodø / Glimt to book their place in the decider.
When does the Europa Conference League final take place and what’s the kick-off time?
The game will be played on Wednesday 25 May, kicking off at 21:00 CET.
Where is the final being played?
Tirana’s 21,690-capacity National Arena (Arena Kombëtare) will stage the first final, as announced by the UEFA Executive Committee on 3 December 2020. Appropriately for the final of a new competition, it will be the first UEFA final to be played in Albania.
The stadium opened in November 2019 with a European Qualifier between Albania and France. It was built, with the help of UEFA’s HatTrick assistance program, on the site of the former Qemal Stafa Stadium in the center of the Albanian capital.
What’s the format of the final?
If the score is equal at the end of normal time, two 15-minute periods of extra time are played. If one of the teams scores more goals than the other during extra time, that team are declared the winners.
If the score is still equal after extra time, the winners are determined by kicks from the penalty mark.
What do the winners get?
The UEFA Europa Conference League trophy stands at 57.5cm tall and weighs 11kg. It consists of 32 hexagonal spines – one for each team in the group stage of the competition – twisting and curving from the trophy base.
The winning team are presented with 40 gold medals and the runners-up with 40 silver medals.
The winners also gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League group stage, if they have not qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their domestic competition.
How can I watch the final? What channel is it on?
The full list of global UEFA Europa Conference League broadcast partners is available here.
Have Roma won a European cup? What about Feyenoord?
Roma have yet to win a major European trophy – they were European Cup runners-up in 1984 and beaten in the 1991 UEFA Cup final – but Mourinho has plenty of them: two UEFA Champions League titles (with Porto in 2004 and Inter in 2010) and two UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa Leagues (Porto 2003, Manchester United 2017). Should he win the UEFA Europa Conference League trophy, the ‘Special One’ would have won all three of the current major UEFA club competitions.
Feyenoord are looking to complete the same set as Mourinho; they won the UEFA Champions League trophy when it was still the European Cup in 1970, and picked up the UEFA Cup, now the UEFA Europa League, in both 1974 and 2002.
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Who are the ‘home’ team?
The nominal home team was decided by a draw made for administrative purposes on 18 March. The winners of semi-final 1 – Roma – will be the ‘home’ side in the showpiece on 25 May.
Who will wear what kit?
Both finalists may wear their first-choice colors, but if there is a clash then the club designated as the away team – Feyenoord – must use an alternative kit.
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