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What is the Europa Conference League?

West Ham are staring down the barrel of qualification for the Europa Conference League, the new competition that will run alongside the Europa League next season.

Any European football would undoubtedly be a triumph this season, given how last season went, but not  much is known about the Conference League by any of us!

So we’ve put together a guide on what the competition actually is and how the Hammers can qualify.

WHAT IS IT? 

The Europa Conference League is the new competition introduced by UEFA for those clubs who won’t be playing in either the Champions League or the Europa League next season.

WHO QUALIFIES IN ENGLAND? 

As it stands, the seventh-placed team, and this is where it gets a little bit complicated. The winner of the Carabao Cup would usually get a spot but champions Manchester City won that, so their place passes to the next highest-ranked team in the competition who haven’t qualified for Europe.

The same goes for the FA Cup, as Leicester won it, and they are on track to finish in the top four. As a result, sixth-place are on course to be qualifying for the Europa League, with seventh in the Conference League.

On current standings, that would be the Hammers.

WHO ELSE QUALIFIES?

The seventh-best teams in Spain, Italy and Germany would qualify along with various other representatives from other leagues. On current standings, that’s Villarreal – provided Man United beat them in the Europa League final – in Spain, Roma in Italy and Union Berlin in Germany.

WHEN DO THE GAMES HAPPEN? 

The same night as the Europa, so Thursdays.

WOULD WEST HAM GO INTO THE GROUP STAGE? 

No. They’d have to qualify via a two-legged play-off that would take place in August.

Winning that would grant access to the group stage and then the Conference League operates in the same way as the Europa League, with knockout games leading to the final.

WHAT DO YOU WIN? 

In addition to a sparkly trophy, access to the following season’s Europa League, unless they have already qualified for the Champions League.

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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.

7 comments on “What is the Europa Conference League?

  1. Champions league to conference in a week, that’s what you call brutal !

  2. How much cash can we win?

  3. The top 5 have spent money we can’t begin to match. But we have seen great additions: players with character, and a fine team spirit. They’ve recently run out of legs but let’s be positive and acknowledge the huge progress. And if we win the ECL I won’t exactly mind a trophy 😉 – though 6th place is still very much on…

  4. Let’s get Europa at least , come on lads six points , give it everything you have . The team spirit , fight , hard work & effort like you have shown most of the season there’s no reason we can’t do it . You know also miracles happen, the fat lady ain’t singing yet . Come on lads, COYI ⚒

  5. It’s yet another worthless money making scheme by eufa rinsing money from the fans of smaller European clubs. 15 extra games to win it, and the way we were huffing and puffing against Brighton if our squad is not drastically deepened then we could be facing a difficult season next year. Plus the joyous bonus of Sunday games. Sounds amazing.

  6. All of the negatives of a drain on our Prem League chances (fitness levels), extra expense, the risk of hooliganism abroad and nothing worth winning. If eligible, would we be able to say, “Thanks but no thanks”?

    • spotty dog i am pretty sure the players are up for a european competition

      but maybe thats only the case because they aren’t aware of your preference

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