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Europa Conference League qualifying: how it works, fixtures and results

What is it? Where are we up to? How does it work? All the fixtures and results.

22 July 2021; Will Patching of Dundalk celebrates with team-mate Andy Boyle after scoing his side's first goal during the UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round first leg match between Dundalk and Levadia at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
22 July 2021; Will Patching of Dundalk celebrates with team-mate Andy Boyle after scoing his side's first goal during the UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round first leg match between Dundalk and Levadia at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile SPORTSFILE

What is it?

UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying runs from 6 July to 26 August. Over the course of four rounds of two-legged ties, 163 teams are being whittled down to the 22 who will advance to the group stage together with ten losing teams from the UEFA Europa League play-offs. Unlike the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, no teams qualify automatically for this group stage. There are two qualifying paths: Champions Path and Main Path.

How the competition works

Where are we up to?

The first qualifying round is complete; the second qualifying round got under way on Tuesday, and the first legs continue on Thursday. The second legs are next week. The teams already have an idea of what awaits them at the next stage, too, since the third qualifying round draw took place on Monday.

How the UEFA Europa Conference League will work
How the UEFA Europa Conference League will work

How does the Champions Path work?

The Champions Path involves domestic title holders eliminated from the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League. Teams enter as they are eliminated from those two competitions, joining sides who advance from the previous round of Europa Conference League qualifying. There are three stages:

Match and draw calendar

How does the Main Path work?

The Main Path involves all non-champions, including three teams that transfer to the play-offs from the Europa League third qualifying round, and it consists of four stages:

Fixtures and results

Ties will be added once confirmed.

Second qualifying round (20-29 July)

Follow the ties as they unfold

Champions Path

Teuta (ALB) vs Inter Club d'Escaldes (AND)
Riga FC (LVA) vs Shkëndija (MKD) 
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) vs Maccabi Haifa (ISR) 
Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) vs HB Tórshavn (FRO)
Linfield (NIR) vs Borac Banja Luka (BIH)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) vs Fola Esch (LUX) 
Folgore (SMR) vs Hibernians (MLT)
Prishtina (KOS) vs Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL) 
Valur (ISL) vs Bodø/Glimt (NOR)
Bye: Shamrock Rovers (IRL)

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

Main Path

KuPS Kuopio (FIN) vs Vorskla Poltava (UKR)
FCSB (ROU) vs Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ) 
Arda Kardzhali (BUL) vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) 
Apollon Limassol (CYP) vs Žilina (SVK) 
Čukarički (SRB) vs Sumqayıt (AZE) 
Sutjeska (MNE) vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Astana (KAZ) vs Aris Thessaloniki (GRE) 
Petrocub Hînceşti (MDA) vs Sivasspor (TUR) 
AEL Limassol (CYP) vs Vllaznia (ALB) 
Sochi (RUS) vs Keşla (AZE) 
Elfsborg (SWE) vs Milsami Orhei (MDA) 
RFS (LVA) vs Puskás Akadémia (HUN) 
Dinamo Batumi (GEO) vs BATE Borisov (BLR) 
Partizan (SRB) vs Dunajská Streda (SVK)
Dundalk (IRL) vs Levadia Tallinn (EST)

Gżira United (MLT) vs Rijeka (CRO) 
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) vs Dinamo Brest (BLR)
Kauno Žalgiris (LTU) vs The New Saints (WAL) 
Domžale (SVN) vs Honka Espoo (FIN)
CSKA-Sofia (BUL) vs Liepāja (LVA)
Shkupi (MKD) vs Santa Clara (POR) 
Hibernian (SCO) vs Santa Coloma (AND) 
Larne (NIR) vs AGF Aarhus (DEN) 
Gent (BEL) vs Vålerenga (NOR) 
Dudelange (LUX) vs Bohemians (IRL) 
Velež (BIH) vs AEK Athens (GRE) 
Qarabağ (AZE) vs Ashdod (ISR) 
Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL) vs Slovácko (CZE) 
Ararat Yerevan (ARM) vs Śląsk Wrocław (POL) 
Universitatea Craiova (ROU) vs Laç (ALB) 

Drita (KOS) vs Feyenoord (NED)
Basel 1893 (SUI) vs Partizani (ALB) 
Pogoń Szczecin (POL) vs Osijek (CRO) 
Austria Wien (AUT) vs Breidablik (ISL) 
Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) vs Birkirkara (MLT) 
Hammarby (SWE) vs Maribor (SVN)
Molde (NOR) vs Servette (SUI)
Újpest (HUN) vs Vaduz (LIE)
Sūduva (LTU) vs Raków Czestochowa (POL)
Spartak Trnava (SVK) vs Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe (ROU)
FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) vs Rosenborg (NOR)
Copenhagen (DEN) vs Torpedo Zhodino (BLR) 
Panevezys (LTU) vs Vojvodina (SRB) 
Hajduk Split (CRO) vs Tobol Kostanay (KAZ) 
Aberdeen (SCO) vs BK Häcken (SWE) 

Third qualifying round (5/12 August)

Champions Path

Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) / Maccabi Haifa (ISR) vs HB Tórshavn (FRO) / Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)
Linfield (NIR) / Borac Banja Luka (BIH) vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) / Fola Esch (LUX)
Shamrock Rovers (IRL) vs Teuta (ALB) / Inter Club d'Escaldes (AND)
Riga FC (LVA) / Shkëndija (MKD) vs Folgore (SMR) / Hibernians (MLT)
Prishtina (KOS) / Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL) vs Valur (ISL) / Bodø/Glimt (NOR)

Main Path

Dinamo Batumi (GEO) / BATE Borisov (BLR) vs Petrocub Hînceşti (MDA) / Sivasspor (TUR)
KuPS Kuopio (FIN) / Vorskla Poltava (UKR) vs Astana (KAZ) / Aris Thessaloniki (GRE)
Sochi (RUS) / Keşla (AZE) vs Partizan (SRB) / Dunajská Streda (SVK)
Ararat Yerevan (ARM) / Śląsk Wrocław (POL) vs Arda Kardzhali (BUL) / Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Shkupi (MKD) / Santa Clara (POR) vs Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) / Birkirkara (MLT)
Újpest (HUN) / Vaduz (LIE) vs Basel (SUI) / Partizani (ALB)
Kolos Kovalivka (UKR) vs FCSB (ROU) / Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ)
Elfsborg (SWE) / Milsami Orhei (MDA) vs Velež (BIH) / AEK Athens (GRE)
Paços de Ferreira (POR) vs Larne (NIR) / AGF Aarhus (DEN)
FC Luzern (SUI) vs Drita (KOS) / Feyenoord (NED)

RFS (LVA) / Puskás Akadémia (HUN) vs Gent (BEL) / Vålerenga (NOR)
Hibernian (SCO) / Santa Coloma (AND) vs Gżira United (MLT) / Rijeka (CRO)
Austria Wien (AUT) / Breidablik (ISL) vs Aberdeen (SCO) / BK Häcken (SWE)
Trabzonspor (TUR) vs Molde (NOR) / Servette (SUI)
Dudelange (LUX) / Bohemians (IRL) vs PAOK (GRE)
Kauno Žalgiris (LTU) / The New Saints (WAL) vs Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) / Dinamo Brest (BLR)
Sūduva (LTU) / Raków Czestochowa (POL) vs Rubin (RUS)
Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL) / Slovácko (CZE) vs Copenhagen (DEN) / Torpedo Zhodino (BLR)
Čukarički (SRB) / Sumqayıt (AZE) vs Hammarby (SWE) / Maribor (SVN)
Hajduk Split (CRO) / Tobol Kostanay (KAZ) vs Apollon Limassol (CYP) / Žilina (SVK)

CSKA-Sofia (BUL) / Liepāja (LVA) vs Pogoń Szczecin (POL) / Osijek (CRO)
Panevezys (LTU) / Vojvodina (SRB) vs LASK (AUT)
Limassol (CYP) / Vllaznia (ALB) vs Qarabağ (AZE) / Ashdod (ISR)
Spartak Trnava (SVK) / Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe (ROU) vs Sutjeska (MNE) / Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Hafnarfjördur (ISL) / Rosenborg (NOR) vs Domžale (SVN) / Honka Espoo (FIN)
Universitatea Craiova (ROU) / Laç (ALB) vs Anderlecht (BEL)
Vitesse (NED) vs Dundalk (IRL) / Levadia Tallinn (EST) 

COMPLETE

First qualifying round (6–15 July)

Main Path

Levadia Tallinn (EST) 4-2 St Joseph's (GIB)
Inter Turku (FIN) 1-3 Puskás Akadémia (HUN)
Dečić (MNE) 1-3 Drita (KOS)
Sūduva (LTU) 2-1 Valmiera (LVA)
La Fiorita 1967 (SMR) 1-2 Birkirkara (MLT)
Mons Calpe (GIB) 1-5 Santa Coloma (AND)
Velež (BIH) 4-2 Coleraine (NIR)
Domžale (SVN) 2-1 Swift Hesper (LUX)
Shkupi 1987 (MKD) 3-1 Llapi (KOS)
Dinamo Batumi (GEO) 7-0 Tre Penne (SMR)
Sfintul Gheorghe (MDA) 4-8 Partizani (ALB)

Maribor (SVN) 2-0 Urartu (ARM)
Laç (ALB) 3-1 Podgorica (MNE)
Milsami Orhei (MDA) 1-0 FK Sarajevo (BIH)
Noah (ARM) 1-5 KuPS Kuopio (FIN)
Žilina (SVK) 6-3 Dila Gori (GEO)
FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) 3-1 Sligo Rovers (IRL)
Paide Linnameeskond (EST) 1-4 Śląsk Wrocław (POL)
RFS (LVA) 6-5aet KÍ Klaksvík (FRO)
Bala Town (WAL) 0-2 Larne (NIR)
Fehérvár FC (HUN)* 1-3 Ararat (ARM)
Gagra (GEO) 1-2 Sutjeska (MNE)

Georgie Kelly of Irish side Bohemians celebrates
Georgie Kelly of Irish side Bohemians celebrates SPORTSFILE

Sileks (MKD) 1-2 Petrocub-Hincesti (MDA)
Široki Brijeg (BIH) 3-4 Vllaznia (ALB)
Stjarnan (ISL) 1-4 Bohemians (IRL)
Glentoran (NIR) 1-3 The New Saints (WAL)
Sant Julià (AND) 1-1 (3-5p) Gżira United (MLT)
Europa (GIB) 0-2 Kauno Žalgiris (LTU)
Dundalk (IRL) 5-0 Newtown (WAL)
Spartak Trnava (SVK) 4-3 Mosta (MLT)
Struga (MKD) 2-5 Liepāja (LVA)
Racing FC Union Lëtzebuerg (LUX) 2-5 Breidablik (ISL)
Honka Espoo (FIN) 3-1 NSÍ Runavík (FRO)