With the expansion of UEFA’s continental competition in 2021-22, teams now have more opportunities than ever to chase major silverware
The Europa Conference League has been added to the UEFA calendar in 2021-22, with European football’s governing body keen to provide opportunities for as many teams as possible to gain access to a continental stage.
Champions League competition may dominate the agenda, with the Europa League following close behind, but the introduction of a third tournament and another major honor has been welcomed by those who would otherwise have been left outside.
What are the incentives for those involved, aside from collecting a shiny trophy, and how much is success worth to the winners? OBJECTIVE have a look…
How much money do Europa Conference League winners get?
Qualification for the group stage of the Europa Conference League is worth €2.94m (£2.5m/$3.2m) to the 32 teams that reach that point, with various play-offs taking place before the real business begins.
From there, bonuses are triggered based on results before the competition moves to the knockout play-offs.
Any team reaching the quarter-finals will pocket another €1m (£853,000/$1.1m)with that figure doubled in the semi-finals before runners-up got €3m (£2.6m/$3.2m) and the eventual winners recover €5m (£4.3m/$5.4m).
In 2021-22, Rome – under former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho – has booked a date with a Dutch side Feyenoord in the first Europa Conference League final.
This competition will take place on May 25 at Arena Kombetare in Tirana, Albania.
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Do the winners of the Europa Conference League qualify for the Europa League?
While those who participate in the Europa Conference have the opportunity to strengthen their bank balance while aiming for a prestigious prize, there is another notable advantage to emerging victorious.
Ultimate Success Guarantees qualification for the Europa League in the following campaign – if a route to that competition, or the Champions League, is not secured by the final domestic league standings.
In 2021-22, Roma and Feyenoord were already assured of a place in UEFA’s second-tier competition after finishing their respective campaigns sixth in Serie A and third in the Eredivisie.
When this is the case, UEFA changes its allocation of qualification places – the absence of Russian clubs from European football also having to be factored into the equation at present, as they are serving an indefinite ban at the moment. following Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade the neighboring country. Ukraine.