UEFA Europa Conference League prize money: teams & Qualification

UEFA Europa Conference League prize money: teams & Qualification

June 20, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

UEFA Europa Conference League prize money, qualification and teams.


The UEFA Europa Conference League upon its introduction ahead of the 2021/2022 football season in Europe had already been slammed with mouth-watering prize money.



Ahead of the 2021/2022 season, the prize money for the UEFA Europa Conference League is valued at around 7.5 million euros.



The new UEFA adopted Competition is referred to as the third tier club Soccer Competition aimed at improving the standard of play since the top clubs only appears to have everything.



The new Competition means a team from the Israeli league, Danish Superleague, Norwegian Eliteserien, etc would have more opportunity in the continental club Competitions.


One of the main points of continental football Competitions is the prize money attached to them, this is one of the main interest behind the high status of the UEFA Champions League.


For the Conference League, the winner of the competition is far lesser than the winner of the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League.



What the prize money means for smaller clubs


One of the biggest problems smaller European Football clubs face is the problem of finance.


Winning a major continental competition would be the major point of earning a huge amount of revenue and profits from matches played during Qualifiers and group stage.


For smaller clubs: money is expected to come in from UEFA as compensation for participation in the tournament.


The prize money for the qualifying rounds of the Competition is shared amongst different levels.


The profits start from the Group stages down to the knockout stages and to the final match itself which is the main decider for the winner of the Competition.


As per the description made by UEFA ahead of 2021/2022, the teams participating in the Competition will receive higher financial incentives.


Forecast amounts (The net revenue will be divided into four different pillars) 100% €235m

1 starting fees 40% €96m

2 performance-related fixed amounts 35% €82m

3 ten-year performance-based coefficient rankings 15% €35m

4 variable amounts (market pool) 10% €23.5m.


The above chart shows the complete financial distribution for the UEFA Europa Conference League participant in its first-ever season.


Each participating club €3m.


Meaning for every participating club, there’s a guarantee of receiving high financial revenue worth €3m for the season.


Knockout stage (quarter-finals, per club) €0.8m

Knockout stage (semi-finals, per club) €1.3m

Knockout stage (final, per club) €2.2m


There’s also a fixed amount of financial share for winners of each group receiving a qualification bonus worth €650000 each as well as €325000 runners-up.


As a participant in the group stage: and undistributed amounts (€166000 per draw) is expected to be redistributed among the participating clubs in which is based on several wins.


This high financial distribution ratio is expected to further help smaller clubs improve on their financial revenue.


At least, the club used to receive the highest revenue share as participants of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.


Topsides like Union Berlin, Union Saint-Gilloise, Dundalk, Molde, Midjylland would have a course to smile.


The third tier Competitions features an opportunity for clubs and players.


Means for average sides to increase financial revenue

Although this is not a source for another booming revenue share, the Conference winners, as well as other good meaning finish, would boost the revenue of clubs.


At least, this means an additional source of income in all aspects.


Big teams from lowly ranked professional soccer leagues in Europe would have a course to smile as there’s a new pathway to gain exposure as well as financial revenue.


UEFA Europa Conference League Qualification

How to qualify for 2021/2022; UEFA Europa Conference League? Teams that finish outside the UEFA Champions League and Europe League Qualification zone will qualify for the Conference League.

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The final breakdown

As a new continental showpiece, about 181 teams from the 55 UEFA member associations participate are expected to take part in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League.

Club’s who qualify for the Competition will be selected based on the UEFA coefficient ranking.


Associations 1–5: Teams ranked in the UEFA national association Rankings will have one team each in the third tier Competition.


Associations 6–15: a total of two teams each from the 51–55 member nations will be represented.


Associations 16–50: A total of three teams each will qualify for continental third-tier league.


Additionally, about 20 teams eliminated from the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League and 26 teams eliminated from the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League are expected to enter the Europa Conference League.


The Conference League has the following rounds

First qualifying round

Second qualifying round

Third qualifying round

Play-off round

Group stage

Knockout round play-offs.


The odds of the competition winners as well as the prize money

The Competition will have its first season starting from the qualifying rounds which start in a nutshell.


It is the most open European Soccer Competition where the winner could not be easily predicted compared to the Champions League and Europa League.



The top sides in the competition including Tottenham Hotspur, AS Roma, RSC Anderlecht, POAK, Feyenoord Rotterdam.


These teams are expected to prove the most opposition as well as creating Competition throughout the competition.


Tottenham Hotspur taking for example is one of the strong sides in European Competitions. Recall, Spurs reached the finals of the 2019 UEFA champions league but lost to Liverpool.


Tottenham Hotspur is one of the biggest clubs of the UEFA Europa Conference League alongside AS Roma, RSC Anderlecht and Feyenoord Rotterdam.


For AS Roma, they are the next big name to be mentioned outside Tottenham Hotspur, who appears to be the biggest in the third tier league.


1. Tottenham Hotspur 70 odds


Tottenham Hotspur is an English professional football club based in London.


The club competes in the Premier League, qualifying for the Europa Conference League after finishing outside the UEFA Europa League spot.


Tottenham have a rich pedigree when it comes to participation in major European football Competitions over the years.


Spurs also hold a good record during the early years of European football involvements by teams from the Premier League.


During the 2018/2019 season, Tottenham Hotspur reached the finals of the UEFA Champions League but lost to Liverpool in an all English final.


In 2020/2021, Tottenham Hotspur reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League and was closing in on qualification for the final before losing out to Dinamo Zagreb.


Looking at the stats over the past few years, Tottenham Hotspur has got a good chance of creating a good impression or possibly stand in the pole position to lift the trophy.


2. AS Roma 65 odds

Headed by Jose Mourinho in his first season, the Portuguese manager is expected to carry the club through the third-tier league.


AS Roma is also a top side in major European Competitions be it the Champions League or the Europa League.


3. RSC Anderlecht 50 odds

RSC Anderlecht would have an opportunity to correct the wrongs as one of the Belgian representatives.


RSC Anderlecht used to be a major force in the continental Football Competition but lost pride and its place in the European elites.


Qualifying for the Conference is another avenue for the club to raise its hope and stand a chance of competing against some of the best, an achievement that has been lacking in the team.


The Value of the UEFA Europa Conference League

To further increase participation, level of football and also to eliminate the inferiority complex, the UEFA Governing Body established the Conference League.

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The Competition which serves as the third tier league is valued as the third most prestigious soccer Competition on the European continent after the Europa League and Champions League.


It was established to increase the level of football played across the continent since the European scene is the main destination for football across the world.



Another reason was to give more opportunity for teams to play on the continent, teams outside the Champions League Qualification and not necessarily losses of Champions League and Europa League Qualification round.


For smaller leagues in the Scandinavian countries down to the Eastern part of the continental, there are more teams expected to feature.


In the past, teams from the top 20 leagues on the continent benefit from qualification for the Champions League and Europa League.


But this would be a thing of the past with the introduction of the Conference League.


The League is expected to receive attention just like the other top two Competitions.


Although most fans would love to follow from the knockout stages.


However, the group stages promise to be better with top teams eliminated from the UEFA Europa league joining the party of Conference League participants.


Chances the prize money would increase

Although 2021/2022 will be the first season, the prize money is expected to subsequently increase more than its current financial valuation.


At least, teams are expected to receive more funds as the Competition gains more sponsorship and recognitions across the world.


Today, the UEFA Champions League earns UEFA more money so do the Europa League.


The revenue of the Champions League is expected to grow even further just as the Europa league had always experienced a spike in revenue growth.


Pros and cons of the Competition

The pros

The UEFA Europa Conference League will serve as an additional Soccer Competition for clubs on the European continent for teams at a lower pedestal.


Teams outside Qualification for major tournaments will have the opportunity to play alongside other teams.


Also, it is a pathway for Qualification for the UEFA Europa League as winners of the Conference the previous season.


This will further increase European participation by member countries across the Eurozone.



It will increase the number of fixtures played across the continent. Teams will be more mindful of the number of matches they’re expected to play.


Aside from that, the value and teams participating is also another issue.


That been said, it is still one of the best innovation by UEFA to increase the participation of clubs across the continent.


How UEFA stands to benefit from this

More sponsorship and recognition are expected to come from cooperating organization looking to expand their reach which will further increase the financial revenue.


UEFA already has more money from the other two Competitions would have another source of income from the Conference League as the recognition continues to grow.



Comparison: UEFA Europa League vs UEFA Europa Conference League

The UEFA Europa League is the second tier Football Competition on the continent serving as a pathway also for Champions League Qualification.


It is the second most popular and most followed Competition on the continent which gathers followers around the world.


The value of the Europa League is far better than the Conference League based on Sponsorship and other factors.


The Conference on the other hand is the third tier Competitions built to help more teams participate in European continental games.


The Conference which is the new competition on the block in its season appears to be less attractive than Champions League and the Europa League.


The Champions League remains the ultimate.

The, however, will involve less money compared to the other two Competitions.

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The revenue expected to distributed is within the region of €235 million shared among the 32 participants.

Teams that will take part in the 2021/2022 UEFA Europa Conference League


FCI Levadia (Estonia), Gibraltar (St Joseph’s), Inter Turku (Finland), Hungary Puskás Akadémia.


Dečić, Drita, Sūduva, Valmiera,
La Fiorita, Birkirkara, Mons Calpe, FC Santa Coloma,
Velež Mostar, Coleraine,
Domžale, Swift Hesperange,
Shkupi, Llapi, Dinamo Batumi, Tre Penne.


Partizani, Sfîntul Gheorghe,
Maribor, Urartu, Podgorica, Laçi, Milsami Orhei, Sarajevo, KuPS, Žilina, Dila Gori, FH, Sligo Rovers, Paide Linnameeskond, Śląsk Wrocław, Rīgas, KÍ
Bala Town, Fehérvár, Ararat Yerevan, Gagra.


Sutjeska, Sileks, Petrocub Hîncești, Široki Brijeg, Vllaznia,
Stjarnan, Bohemians, Glentoran, Wales The New Saints.


Sant Julià, Gżira United, Europa, Kauno Žalgiris, Dundalk, Newtown, Spartak Trnava, Mosta, Struga, Latvia Liepāja, Racing, Breiðablik
Honka, NSÍ Runavík.


Vorskla Poltava, FCSB Shakhter Karagandy, Arda, Hapoel Beer Sheva, Apollon Limassol, Čukarički, Sumgayit, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Astana, Aris Thessaloniki, Sivasspor.


AEL Limassol,
Sochi, Keşla, IF Elfsborg, BATE Borisov, Partizan, Dunajská Streda, Rijeka, Viktoria Plzeň, Dynamo Brest, CSKA Sofia, Santa Clara, Hibernian.


Vålerenga, F91 Dudelange, AEK Athens, Qarabağ Ashdod
Lokomotiv Plovdiv, nSlovácko
Universitatea Craiova, Feyenoord, Basel
Pogoń Szczecin, Croatia Osijek,
Austria Wien
Olimpija Ljubljana.


Hammarby IF, Molde, Servette Újpest Hungary, Vaduz, Raków Częstochowa, Sepsi OSK, Rosenborg, Copenhagen, Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino
Panevėžys, Vojvodina Hajduk Split, Kazakhstan Tobol, Aberdeen, BK Häcken.



UEFA member nations that will participate

Spain, England, Germany,  Italy, France, Portugal,  Russia, Belgium, Ukraine, Netherlands, Turkey, Austria, Denmark, Scotland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Sweden, Norway.


Israel, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Armenia, Latvia, Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Moldova, Republic of Ireland, Finland, Georgia, Malta,  Iceland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar, Montenegro, Estonia, Kosovo, Faroe Islands, Andorra, San Marino, Switzerland, Greece, Serbia.


The winners of the competition will be crowned Champions as the winners of the third tier and stand a chance to qualify directly into the UEFA Europa League the following season.


The first-ever will be played at the Arena Kombëtare in Tirana, Albania.


The winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League will automatically qualify for the 2022–23 UEFA Europa League group stage.


The winners will also pocket the highest prize money set aside for the Champions as well as other matches winning bonuses during the knockout stages.


UEFA created the league to allow more Teams to participate in European competitions since clubs complained about having fewer places in the top Competitions.


The UEFA Europa Conference League is expected to grow as well as possible growth of the revenue and prize money for the winners every season.


Thoughts about the new Competition


The move by UEFA to increase participation across boards is laudable.


At least more teams would have an opportunity to feature at the biggest stage.


Also it means an additional stream of income for smaller teams from lower leagues across the competition.


It could also be seen as a place for talent discovery for bigger teams looking for players to sign.


Overall, it improves the level of competition across the european football scene.


How can UEFA increase the prize money for the Conference League? It is by attracting more sponsors across it’s pool of partners.


At least eventual winners would boost of high revenue by so doing and it will in turn boost the organization’s financial revenue.


Today, winners of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League has more revenue to announce.


The moment more sponsors are attracted to the competition, the prize money for the Competition will improve as well creating more competition for participating teams across the continent.

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