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2022 UEFA Europa Conference League final: Tirana

Tirana's National Arena will stage both Albania's and the UEFA Europa Confernce League's first final on 25 May.

Tirana's National Arena
Tirana's National Arena AFP via Getty Images

The inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League season is well under way. UEFA.com explains how it will conclude.

When does the final take place?

The game will be played on Wednesday 25 May, kicking off at 21:00 CET.

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.

Where is the final being played?

Cana confident Tirana will be 'great hosts'
Cana confident Tirana will be 'great hosts'

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 programme, on the site of the former Qemal Stafa Stadium in the centre of the Albanian capital.

What do the winners get?

UEFA Europa Conference League trophy unveiled
UEFA Europa Conference League trophy unveiled

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?

The full list of global UEFA Europa Conference League broadcast partners is available here.

Who are the 'home' team?

The nominal home team will be decided by a draw made for administrative purposes on 18 March. Both finalists may wear their first-choice colours, but if there is a clash then the club designated as the away team must use an alternative kit.

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