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UEFA Europa Conference League first qualifying round

The 2022/23 Europa Conference League first qualifying round draw took place on Tuesday 14 June.

Max Mata of Sligo Rovers celebrates after scoring at Bala Town
Max Mata of Sligo Rovers celebrates after scoring at Bala Town SPORTSFILE

The 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League first qualifying round draw took place on Tuesday 14 June at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

The first legs took place on 5, 6 and 7 July, with the second legs on 12 and 14 July.

UEFA Europa Conference League first qualifying round ties

First legs 5, 6, 7 July; second legs 12, 14 July

Alashkert (ARM) 4-2agg Hamrun Spartans (MLT) – 1-0, 1-4
Lechia Gdańsk (POL) 6-2agg Akademija Pandev (MKD) – 4-1, 2-1
Inter Turku (FIN) 1-3agg Drita (KOS) – 1-0, 0-3
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) 4-4agg Paide Linnameeskond (EST) – 2-3, 2-1aet (Paide won 6-5 on pens)
Panevezys (LTU) 0-2agg Milsami Orhei (MDA) – 0-0, 0-2

Laç (ALB) 1-0agg Iskra Danilovgrad (MNE) – 0-0, 1-0
Gjilani (KOS) 2-3agg Liepāja (LVA) – 1-0, 1-3
Sfintul Gheorghe (MDA) 2-4agg Mura (SVN) – 1-2, 1-2
KuPS Kuopio
(FIN) 2-0agg Dila Gori (GEO) – 2-0, 0-0
Ružomberok (SVK) 2-0agg Kauno Žalgiris (LTU) – 2-0, 0-0

Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) 4-2 Llapi (KOS) – 2-0, 2-2
Gzira United (MLT) 2-1agg Atlètic Club d'Escaldes (AND) – 1-1, 1-0aet
Borac Banja Luka (BIH) 3-3agg B36 Tórshavn (FRO) – 2-0, 1-3aet (B36 won 4-3 on pens)
Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) 3-2agg Differdange (LUX) – 1-1, 2-1aet
St Joseph's (GIB) 1-0agg Larne (NIR) – 0-0, 1-0

UE Santa Coloma (AND) 1-5agg Breidablik (ISL) – 0-1, 1-4
DAC Dunajská Streda (SVK) 5-1agg Cliftonville (NIR) – 2-1, 3-0
Víkingur (FRO) 3-1agg Europa (GIB) – 1-0, 2-1
Bala Town (WAL) vs Sligo Rovers (IRL) – 1-2, 14 July
Fola Esch (LUX) 1-4agg Tre Fiori (SMR) – 0-1, 1-3

Dinamo Minsk (BLR) 3-2agg Dečić (MNE) –1-1, 2-1
SP Tre Penne (SMR) 0-8agg Tuzla City (BIH) – 0-2, 0-6
Saburtalo (GEO) 1-1agg Partizani (ALB) – 0-1, 1-0aet (Saburtalo won 4-3 on pens)
Shkëndija (MKD) 4-2agg Ararat Yerevan (ARM) – 2-0, 2-2
Floriana (MLT) 0-1agg Petrocub-Hîncești (MDA) – 0-0, 0-1

Pogoń Szczecin (POL) 4-2agg KR Reykjavík (ISL) – 4-1, 0-1
HB Tórshavn (FRO) 2-2agg Newtown (WAL) – 1-0, 1-2aet (Newtown won 4-2 on pens)
FCB Magpies (GIB) 3-4agg Crusaders (NIR) – 2-1, 1-3
Flora Tallinn (EST) 3-4agg SJK Seinäjoki (FIN) – 1-0, 2-4aet
Derry City (IRL) 0-4agg Riga FC (LVA) – 0-2, 0-2

Seeded teams in bold

What happens next?

There will be extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required after the second leg. Winners advance to the UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round, the draw for which has already been made.

How the draw worked

• The 60 teams were divided into six groups of ten teams (groups 1 to 6) in accordance with the club coefficient rankings established at the beginning of the season. Within each of the six groups, the teams were divided into an equal number of seeded and unseeded teams.

Two bowls were prepared, one for the seeded teams (five balls containing slips numbered 1 to 5) and the other for the unseeded teams (five balls containing slips 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 contains. The second ball was drawn and opened to complete the pairing.

• The result applied to all six groups. For example, if the first ball drawn contained the number 2 and the second the number 8, the clubs that had been assigned the numbers 2 and 8 in each of the six groups would play each other. The first ball drawn, in this example the number 2, designated the home team for the first leg in all six ties.

• The same procedure was carried out with the remaining balls to complete the pairings.

When are Europa Conference League matches?

Qualifying
First qualifying round: 7 & 14 July
Second qualifying round: 21 & 28 July
Third qualifying round: 4 & 11 August 2022
Play-offs: 18 & 25 August 2022

Draw dates

Third qualifying round: 18 July
Play-offs: 2 August
Group stage: 26 August (16:00 CET)
Knockout round play-offs: 7 November
Round of 16: 24 February
Quarter and semi-finals: 17 March

*All draws start at 14:00 CET unless stated otherwise

Group stage
Matchday 1: 8 September 2022
Matchday 2: 15 September 2022
Matchday 3: 6 October 2022
Matchday 4: 13 October 2022
Matchday 5: 27 October 2022
Matchday 6: 3 November 2022

Knockout phase
Knockout round play-offs: 16 & 23 February
Round of 16: 9 & 16 March 2023
Quarter-finals: 13 & 20 April 2023
Semi-finals: 11 & 18 May 2023
Final: 7 June 2023