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Europa Conference League: Everything you need to know

West Ham are set to learn their Europa Conference League fate soon.

The Hammers have qualified for the competition after finishing seventh in the Premier League. A sixth-placed finish would have secured a return to the Europa League.

Instead, the Irons will be heading into the third-tier UEFA competition. Here’s all you need to know…

When is the draw?

Tuesday, August 2nd at 1pm UK time.

Do West Ham go straight into the groups?


The Hammers will need to win a qualifying match in order to reach the group stages. There will be a home leg and an away leg. The first leg will take place on Thursday August 18th, with the second leg taking place a week later on the 25th.

Who will they play?

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It remains to be seen.

The Irons are likely to be drawn against a side that comes through the third round of the Conference League qualifying.

As Football.London explain: “The majority of sides, including West Ham, will be playing in the Main Path. Seeded sides, such as the Hammers, will be drawn against an unseeded side. Nearer to the draw taking place, the seeded and unseeded teams will be placed into four groups of four, narrowing down the Hammers’ options.”

These are the teams the Irons can face at this stage:

Main Path – guaranteed seeded

  • Villarreal (Spain)
  • Winners of Brondby (Denmark) vs Basel (Switzerland)
  • Winners of Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs Panathinaikos (Greece)
  • Winners of KuPS (Finland) vs Young Boys (Switzerland)
  • Winners of Dundee United (Scotland) vs AZ (Netherlands)
  • Winners of Breidablik (Iceland) vs Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey)
  • Winners of Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) vs Aris (Greece)
  • Losers of Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) vs AEK Larnaca (Cyprus)
  • West Ham United (England)
  • Winners of Molde (Norway)) vs Kisvarda (Hungary)
  • Winners of Zorya Luhansk (Ukraine) vs Universitatea Craiova (Romania)
  • Winners of APOEL (Cyprus) vs Kyzylzhar (Kazakhstan)
  • Winners of DAC Dunajska Streda (Slovakia) vs FSCB (Romania)
  • Winners of Neftci Baku (Azerbaijan) vs Rapid Wien (Austria)
  • Fiorentina (italy)
  • Koln (Germany)
  • Losers of Fenerbache (Turkey) vs Slovacko (Czech Republic)

Main Path – seeding to be decided

  • Nice (France)
  • Winners Viking (Norway) vs Sligo Rovers (Republic of Ireland)
  • Winners of AIK (Sweden) vs Shkendija (North Macedonia)
  • Winners of Riga (Latvia) vs Gil Vicente (Portugal)
  • Winners of Lillestrom (Norway) vs Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Winners of Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania) vs Djurgardens IF (Sweden)
  • Winners of Spartak Trnava (Slovakia) vs Rakow Czestochowa (Poland)
  • Winners of Wolfsberger (Austria) vs Gzira United (Malta)
  • Winners of Levski Sofia (Bulgaria) vs Hamrun Spartans (Malta)
  • Winners of Paide Linnameeskond (Estonia) vs Anderlecht (Belgium)
  • Winners of Lugano (Switzerland) vs Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Israel)
  • Winners of Viborg (Denmark) vs B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands)
  • Winners of Vaduz (Liechtenstein) vs Konyaspor (Turkey)
  • Winners of Twente (Netherlands) vs Cukaricki (Serbia)
  • Winners of CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) vs St Patrick’s Athletic (Republic of Ireland)
  • Winners of Hadjuk Split (Croatia) vs Vitoria de Guimaraes (Portugal)
  • Winners of Fehervar (Hungary) vs Petrocub Hincesti (Moldova)

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.