Jose Mourinho’s Roma side ousted Dutch heavyweights Feyenoord 1-0 in the maiden Europa Conference League final last season to win their first-ever continental trophy.
UEFA has released the fixture schedule for the 2022/23 Europa Conference League season, including the opening qualifying round and grand final dates.
Let’s take a look at all key dates for the upcoming season of Europe’s third-tier competition and how to watch the matches.
How to watch the 2022/23 Europa Conference League season?
All Europa Conference League fixtures in the 2022/23 season will be available to watch online via live football streams.
When do Europa Conference League qualifying matches start?
The 2022/23 Europa Conference League qualifiers commence on July 7 with the first qualifying round, while the qualifying cycle closes out on August 25.
The first qualifying round first-leg matches, involving 60 teams, kicks off on July 7, with the second legs falling on July 14.
The second and third qualifying rounds will take place between July 21-28 and August 4-11, respectively.
Play-offs will be staged on August 18 with a set of first-leg matches, with the return fixtures scheduled for August 25.
When does the Europa Conference League group stage start?
The 2022/23 Europa Conference League group stage, featuring 32 teams, starts on Thursday, September 8.
The final matchday of the upcoming Europa Conference League group stage campaign will take place on November 3.
Unlike the inaugural season, when the competition’s group stages were completed in the second week of December, next season’s group stages will finish a month earlier.
Due to the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, UEFA had to reschedule the regular dates to accommodate the world’s most prestigious international tournament to proceed as planned.
When does the knockout phase of the Europa Conference League start?
The 2022/23 Europa Conference League springtime fixtures commence on February 16 with the knockout round play-offs first legs, while the return matches come on February 23.
From there, Europe’s third-tier competition will resume on March 9 with the round of 16 first legs. The second-leg clashes are scheduled to take place on March 16.
April 13 is booked for the Europa Conference League quarter-final first legs, with the return fixtures falling on April 20.
The first-leg matches of the 2022/23 Europa Conference League semi-finals fall on May 11, while the rematches take place on May 18.
When and where is the Europa Conference League final in 2023?
The 2022/23 Europa Conference League showpiece, scheduled to take place at the Eden Arena in Prague on June 7, will be the third major event in the Czech Republic capital in less than a decade.
The home venue of Slavia Praha played host to the 2013 UEFA Super Cup as Champions League victors Bayern Munich defeated their Europa League counterparts Chelsea via penalties after a 2-2 stalemate.
After two years, the Eden Arena staged the 2015 Euro Under-21 final, with Sweden beating Portugal via a penalty shoot-out following a scoreless draw.
2022/23 Europa Conference League Schedule – In Summary
Europa Conference League Qualifying Fixtures:
- First qualifying round: 7 & 14 July 2022
- Second qualifying round: 21 & 28 July 2022
- Third qualifying round: 4 & 11 August 2022
- Play-offs: 18 & 25 August 2022
Europa Conference League Group Stages:
- 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: 16 & 23 February 2023
- Round of 16: 9 & 16 March 2023
- Quarter-finals: 13 & 20 April 2023
- Semi-finals: 11 & 18 May 2023
- Final: 7 June 2023
Europa Conference League Draws:
- Playoffs: 02 August 2022
- Group Stage: 26 August 2022
- Knockout Round Playoffs: 07 November 2022
- Round of 16: 24 February 2023
- Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Final: 17 March 2023
Europa Conference League Final Venue: Eden Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
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