The UEFA are introducing a third league besides Champions League and Europa League- the UEFA Europa Conference League. With the third tier starting the next season itself, here is the Europa Conference League 2021 structure and schedule.
The competition is set to get under way in 2021/22, the very next season.
It will complete a four-year cycle through 2021 to 2024 at least.
The Europa Conference League will conduct fixtures on the same days as Europa League also will now – on Thursdays.
The respective leagues’ fixtures of Thursdays will kick off at 5.45pm and 8pm UK time. So, the Conference League fixtures will always play first, and Europa League will get more prime time coverage.
Europa Conference League 2021 Structure and Schedule
The new structure for Conference League will ensure more participation for every nation’s clubs across the three UEFA club competitions.
So, at least 34 UEFA national associations will be represented in the group stage of one or more competitions.
After three Qualifying Rounds, teams will play a Play-Off round, followed by the Group Stage.
The eight winners in Group Stage will automatically go through to the last 16.
However, the eight group runners-up clubs will play additional knockout round play-offs before this round of 16.
They will actually go head-to-head with the third-ranked teams of the Europa League groups, who won’t be knocked out completely now, just relegated.
UEFA have been thorough with their announcement of the new league.
They’ve even charted out the exact dates and fixtures of the upcoming, and first, season of the Europa Conference League.
|Phase||First Leg||Second Leg|
|First Qualifying||July 8||July 15|
|Second Qualifying (Scottish teams enter)||July 22||July 29|
|Third Qualifying||August 5||August 12|
|Play-offs (English team enters)||August 19||August 26|
|Group Stage Dates|
|Matchday 1||September 16|
|Matchday 2||September 30|
|Matchday 3||October 21|
|Matchday 4||November 4|
|Matchday 5||November 25|
|Matchday 6||December 9|
The final will take place on May 25 in Tirana, Albania.
|Knockout Phase Dates|
|Phase||First leg||Second leg|
|Knockout play-offs||February 17||February 24|
|Round of 16||March 10||March 17|
|Quarter-finals||April 7||April 14|
|Semi-finals||April 28||May 5|