UEFA Europa Conference League
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The UEFA Europa Conference League (abbreviated as UECL) is an annual football club competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for eligible European football clubs. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It is the third tier of active European club football competitions, after the Champions League and the Europa League.
|Founded||2021; 2 years ago (2021)|
|Number of teams||40 (main phase total)[lower-alpha 1]|
32 (group stage)
|Qualifier for||UEFA Europa League|
|Related competitions||UEFA Champions League (1st tier)|
UEFA Europa League (2nd tier)
|Current champions||Roma (1st title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Roma (1 title)|
|Television broadcasters||List of broadcasters|
|2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League|
First contested in the 2021–22 season, the competition serves as the bottom level of the Europa League, which was reduced from 48 to 32 teams in the group stage. The competition is primarily contested by teams from lower-ranked UEFA member associations. No teams qualify directly to the group stage, with 10 teams eliminated in the Europa League play-offs and the rest coming from the Europa Conference League qualifiers. The winners of the competition are awarded a position in the Europa League the following season, unless they qualify for the Champions League. Roma were the inaugural winners of the competition, having beaten Feyenoord 1–0 in the 2022 final.