The 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage draw was streamed live from 14:30 CET on Friday 26 August.
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The 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage draw took place from 14:30 CET on 26 August. It was staged in Istanbul, Türkiye.
The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four.
Group A: İstanbul Başakşehir, Fiorentina, Hearts, RFS
Group B: West Ham, FCSB, Anderlecht, Silkeborg
Group C: Villarreal, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Austria Wien, Lech Poznań
Group D: Partizan, Köln, Nice, Slovácko
Group E: AZ Alkmaar, Apollon Limassol, Vaduz, Dnipro-1
Group F: Gent, Molde, Shamrock Rovers, Djurgården
Group G: Slavia Praha, CFR Cluj, Sivasspor, Ballkani
Group H: Basel, Slovan Bratislava, Žalgiris Vilnius, Pyunik
Which teams were involved in the draw?
Slavia Praha (CZE)
AZ Alkmaar (NED)
İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR)
West Ham (ENG)
CFR Cluj (ROU)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Apollon Limassol (CYP)
Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)
Austria Wien (AUT)
Shamrock Rovers (IRL)
Lech Poznań (POL)
How the draw worked
• For the group stage draw, the 32 clubs were seeded in four pots of eight, in accordance with the club coefficient rankings established at the beginning of the season.
• The first pot comprised the top eight clubs in the club coefficient rankings, the second pot the next eight clubs in the rankings, and so on for groups 3 and 4.
• To ensure that paired clubs from the same association kick off at different times, the eight groups were distinguished by colour: groups A to D were red and groups E to H blue.
• When a paired club was allocated, for example, to a red group (A, B, C or D), the other paired club – once it was drawn – was automatically assigned to one of the four blue groups (E, F, G or H).
• Red group matches will not be played at the same time as blue group matches.
Why are some clubs paired?
In the case of associations with two representatives, these clubs are paired so that their matches kick off at different times.
In the case of associations with three representatives, only two clubs are paired.
In the case of associations with one representative in the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage and one representative in the UEFA Europa League group stage, these clubs are also paired so that their matches kick off at different times.
In the case of associations with one representative in the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage and three representatives in the UEFA Europa League group stage, the unpaired UEFA Europa League club is paired with the club in the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage.
In the case of associations with three representatives in the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage and one representative in the UEFA Europa League group stage, the unpaired UEFA Europa Conference League club is paired with the club in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
All these pairings are based on TV audiences.
A Slavia Praha & Slovácko
B Gent & Anderlecht
C Crvena zvezda & Partizan (UECL)
D Dynamo Kyiv & Dnipro-1 (UECL)
E İstanbul Başakşehir & Sivasspor
F CFR Cluj & FCSB
H Malmö & Djurgården (UECL)
I Midtjylland & Silkeborg (UECL)
J Bodø/Glimt & Molde (UECL)
M Nantes & Nice (UECL)
N Sturm Graz & Austria Wien (UECL)
P Zürich & Basel (UECL)
What happens next?
The group stage is played on Thursdays from 8 September to 3 November on the same night as the UEFA Europa League games, kicking off at 18:45 CET and 21:00 CET.
Group winners Advance directly to the round of 16.
Group runners-up Progress to the knockout round play-offs, where they will face one of eight teams transferring from the UEFA Europa League having finished third in their groups.
When are Europa Conference League matches?
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 round play-offs: 7 November
Round of 16: 24 February
Quarter and semi-finals: 17 March
*All draws start at 14:00 CET
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