UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round draw | UEFA Europa Conference League 2022/23

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

Play-off round draw ties

The line-up is subject to final confirmation by UEFA.

Champions path
NK Maribor (SVN)/HJK Helsinki (FIN)
vs FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)/CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU)
RFS (LVA)/Hibernians FC (MLT) vs Linfield FC (NIR)/FC Zürich (SUI)
Víkingur Reykjavík (ISL)/KKS Lech Poznań (POL) vs Malmö FF (SWE)/F91 Diddeleng (LUX)
Shamrock Rovers FC (IRL)/FC Skopje 1927 (MKD) vs Balkani (KOS)/KÍ Klaksvík (FRO)
HŠK Zrinjski (BIH)/FC Tobol Kostanay (KAZ) vs Olympiacos FC (GRE)/ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)

Main path
PFC CSKA-Sofia (BUL)/Saint Patrick’s Athletic FC (IRL) vs Brøndby IF (DEN)/FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
FC Vaduz (LIE)/Konyaspor (TUR) vs Neftçi PFK (AZE)/SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
FC Spartak Trnava (SVK)/Raków Czestochowa (POL) vs SK Slavia Praha (CZE)/Panathinaikos FC (GRE)
APOEL FC (CYP)/FC Kyzylzhar Petropavlovsk (KAZ) vs Sepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe (ROU)/Djurgårdens IF (SWE)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)/Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE) vs OGC Nice (FRA)
FC Zorya Luhansk (UKR)/Universitatea Craiova (ROU) vs FC Lugano (SUI)/Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR)
Breidablik (ISL)/İstanbul Başakşehir FK (TUR) vs Lillestrøm SK (NOR)/Royal Antwerp FC (BEL)
FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda (SVK)/Footbal Club FCSB (ROU) vs Viking FK (NOR)/Sligo Rovers FC (IRL)
AEK Larnaca FC (CYP)/FK Partizan (SRB) vs PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)/Hamrun Spartans FC (MLT)
ACF Fiorentina (ITA) vs FC Twente (NED)/FK Čukarički (SRB)
Villarreal CF (ESP) vs HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)/Vitória SC (POR)
1. FC Köln (GER) vs Fehérvár FC (HUN)/FC Petrocub-Hincesti (MDA)
West Ham United FC (ENG) vs Viborg FF (DEN)/B36 Tórshavn (FRO)
KuPS Kuopio (FIN)/BSC Young Boys (SUI) vs Paide Linnameeskond (EST)/RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)/1. FC Slovácko (CZE) vs AIK (SWE)/KF Shkëndija (MKD)
Molde FK (NOR)/Kisvarda FC (HUN) vs Wolfsberger AC (AUT)/Gzira United FC (MLT)
Dundee United FC (SCO)/AZ Alkmaar (NED) vs Riga FC (LVA)/Gil Vicente FC (POR)

Seeded teams in bold.

Which teams were involved in the draw?

There were two paths at this stage: the Champions path and the Main path.

Champions path (seeded teams in bold)

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

Malmö FF (SWE)/F91 Diddeleng (LUX)
Shamrock Rovers FC (IRL)/FC Skopje 1927 (MKD)
Linfield FC (NIR)/FC Zürich (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)
Balkan (KOS)/KÍ Klaksvík (FRO)
HŠK Zrinjski (BIH)/FC Tobol Kostanay (KAZ)
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)/CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU)

Main path (seeded teams in bold)

• 5 new entrants:
West Ham United FC (ENG)
Villarreal CF (ESP)
AFC Fiorentina (ITA)
1. FC Köln (GER)
OGC Nice (FRA)
• 27 winners from the UEFA Europa Conference League third qualifying round (Main path)
• 2 teams eliminated from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (Main path)

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

Group 2
1 Neftçi PFK (AZE)/SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
2 FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda (SVK)/Footbal 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)/Vitória 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)
2 AEK Larnaca FC (CYP)/FK Partizan (SRB)
3 FC Zorya Luhansk (UKR)/Universitatea Craiova (ROU)
4 1. FC Köln (GER)
5 FC Lugano (SUI)/Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR)
6 Fehérvár FC (HUN)/FC Petrocub-Hincesti (MDA)
7 FC Spartak Trnava (SVK)/Raków Czestochowa (POL)
8 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)/Hamrun Spartans FC (MLT)

Group 4
1 KuPS Kuopio (FIN)/BSC Young Boys (SUI)
2 Dundee United FC (SCO)/AZ Alkmaar (NED)
3 West Ham United FC (ENG)
4 Molde FK (NOR)/Kisvarda FC (HUN)
5 Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)/1. FC Slovácko (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 Shkëndija (MKD)
10 Viborg FF (DEN)/B36 Tórshavn (FRO)

How the draw worked

Champions path

• 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 the balls containing the unseeded sides were put into another bowl. One ball was taken from each bowl and placed in a large empty bowl in the middle, where they were shuffled. The first team drew to play at home in the first leg.

Main path

• Clubs in the Main path were seeded and drawn for the play-off draw based on the club coefficient rankings established at the beginning of the season.

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• 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 club in a third qualifying round match had a coefficient that would entitle it to be seeded for the play-off draw, the winner of that match was automatically seeded for the draw.

• Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. Further restrictions were announced before the draw.

Groups 1 to 3

• All the clubs in each of the first three groups were randomly assigned a number: 1 to 4 for the seeded teams and 5 to 8 for the unseeded teams.

• Two bowls were prepared, one for the seeded teams (four balls containing slips of paper numbered 1 to 4) and the other for the unseeded teams (four balls containing slips of paper numbered 5 to 8).

• A ball was taken from each bowl and placed in an empty bowl, where they were shuffled. One of the two balls was drawn at random, then opened to display the number it contained. The second ball was drawn and opened to complete the pairing. The result applied to all three groups. The first ball drawn designated the home team in the first leg of all three ties.

Group 4

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

• Two bowls were prepared, one for the seeded teams (five balls containing slips of paper numbered 1 to 5) and the other for the unseeded teams (five balls containing slips of paper numbered 6 to 10).

• A ball was taken from each bowl and placed in an empty bowl, where they were shuffled. One of the two balls was drawn at random, then opened to display 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 was carried out with the remaining balls to complete the pairings.

What happens next?

Ties take place on August 18 and 25, with extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required after the second leg.

Winners advance to the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage, where they will be joined by sides transferring from the UEFA Europa League play-offs.

What are the key dates?

Third qualifying round: 3/4 & 9/10/11 August
Play-offs: 18 & 25 August
Group stage draw: 26 August

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