This season, Tottenham Hotspur are playing in the new UEFA Europa Conference League. Groundhopper Soccer Guides will track their match schedule, progress, and opponents here.
It’s the first time since 1998-99 that there will be three major European club competitions, along with the Champions League and Europa League.
UPDATED September 17: Spurs went on the road and tied Stade Rennais FC 2-2 in the first group stage game.
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What is the UEFA Europa Conference League?
The Europa Conference League is the third-tier European competition, after the Champions League and Europa League. The highest finishers in the biggest domestic leagues who didn’t make the main two competitions join top finishers from smaller countries in the Conference League. As teams are eliminated from the other two European leagues, they drop down into the Conference League.
UEFA Europa Conference League Schedule
The 2021-22 Europa Conference League ultimately includes 181 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations.
Four of Europe’s major domestic leagues will have one team each in the tournament: England (Tottenham – based on their seventh place Premier League finish last season), Germany (Union Berlin, seventh in the Bundesliga), Italy (A.S. Roma, seventh in Serie A), and France (Rennes, sixth in Ligue 1). Those four squads will come into the competition in the playoff round, which is the fourth stage of the tournament.
Spain doesn’t have an entry, because Villarreal, who would have been in this competition after finishing seventh in La Liga, actually won the Europa League last season, which gets them into this season’s Champions League.
The Europa Conference League began in July with the first qualifying round with 66 teams. The second qualifying round, also in July, had 108 teams: the 33 winners from the previous round, 18 teams eliminated during Champions League qualifying rounds, and 57 new clubs. The third qualifying round in August had 64 teams: 54 winners from the previous round, one team eliminated from the Champions League, and nine new clubs.
Tottenham Hotspur Europa Conference League Fixtures
Tottenham started their tournament in the playoff round with 44 teams: 32 winners from the previous round, eight teams eliminated from the Europa League, and the three clubs from Italy, Germany and France.
Tottenham advanced past Pacos de Ferreira, who finished fifth in Portugal’s Primeira Liga last season, in a two-game series. Both teams won on their home pitch, but Tottenham advanced on goal differential after a 3-0 win in the second leg.
In the group stage draw on August 26, Tottenham were placed in Group G. The top two teams from each of the eight groups will advance to the knockout round.
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Stade Rennais FC (France)
- Vitesse (Netherlands)
- NS Mura (Slovakia)
Europa Conference League Group Stage Schedule
The entire fixtures list is available at UEFA.com. The home team is listed first.
- September 16 – Stade Rennais FC vs. Tottenham – Tied 2-2
- September 30 – Tottenham vs. NS Mura
- October 21 – Vitesse vs. Tottenham
- November 4 – Tottenham vs. Vitesse
- November 25 – NS Mura vs. Tottenham
- December 9 – Tottenham vs. Stade Rennais FC
Watch the Europa Conference League
Future Europa Conference League Dates
Twenty-two winners from the playoff round and 10 teams eliminated from the Europa League playoff round advanced to the group stage. Those 32 clubs were split into eight groups of four, with the top two from each group advancing to the knockout phase.
Those fixtures will be occurring on Thursday nights from September through December (starting September 16 and concluding December 9). The knockout phase draw is on December 13, and fixtures will be played from February through May.
The final will be held May 25, 2022 in Albania. The winner will automatically get into next season’s Europa League, unless the club qualifies for the Champions League based on their domestic league finish.
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