Football

Albanian capital to host first final of new UEFA Conference League

Albanian capital Tirana will be the host for the first final of the new third-tier UEFA Conference League in 2022, European football's governing body announced on Thursday.

Albanian capital Tirana will be the host for the first final of the new third-tier UEFA Conference League in 2022, European football’s governing body announced on Thursday.

The final will be played at the brand-new 21,690-capacity National Arena on May 25, 2022.

The Conference League is being introduced as a new tournament from the 2021/22 season as part of a restructuring of Europe’s club competitions. UEFA confirmed it would run until at least 2024.

It will feature three qualifying rounds and a play-off round before a 32-team group stage like the current format for the Champions League, with the Europa League group stage being reduced from 48 to 32 teams.

Read Also:  Jose Mourinho accepts apology from Chelsea's Marco Ianni for celebration

Like the Europa League, matches will be played on Thursdays, although the final will be on a Wednesday.

The UEFA Conference League will largely be seen as an opportunity for teams from outwith Europe’s biggest leagues to win a continental trophy, but clubs from the biggest leagues will still take part.

The team finishing sixth in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A will enter the Conference League at the play-off stage, as well as the side that comes fifth in France’s Ligue 1.

Get more stories like this on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram