Idea of Conference(s) League by kickalgor.com
Is the new model of Conference League coming soon?
The introduction of the third level of UEFA competitions was aimed at expanding the participation of countries in UEFA club competitions (i.e. in the proper part of them – group phase).
Although the expansion took place, these games did not attract too much attention from the media and fans. Rather, it seems that the next level of competition has been created to satisfy the ambitions of clubs in the middle of the table of the best European leagues. The Conference League is considered unexciting and of little value and cannot attract the attention of fans other than those directly involved in their clubs.
UEFA announces that it intends to reform all European club competitions from the Champions League to the Conference League. This is a good time to think about the role the new Conference League shall play in the reformed model.
How to cause to increase the commitment and prestige of the lowest level club competitions? The idea behind us is to create competitions that will attract the attention of many more fans, including fans from countries whose participation in previous European club competitions was marginal.
The new format of Conference(s) League (which we have named using the plural) is a league consisting of 12 conferences. Regional cups are held in the autumn and their finals in early spring. Only the winners of the regional cups and some relegated teams from the Europa League play the knockout phase in the spring. So the model from the Round of 16 phase is the same as now, but the concept of playing the league in the autumn is definitely changing.
We propose the creation of 12 conferences, each bringing together 4 or 5 countries, which are geographically, ethnically or politically related as far as possible. The set that we propose in the new format of Conference League is an optimal concept that takes into account the above criteria and at the same time avoids the unification of countries that are seriously conflicted, at war or do not recognize their sovereignty.
Each conference selects its champion. The final of each conference is a separate important media event that takes place de facto in the middle of the season. Thanks to this, the involvement of fans and media increases significantly already during the season, and not only in the final phase. Each conference can give its own name to the games (we give examples of such names), which will promote greater identification and involvement of fans and media.
The new format of the Conference(s) League is to be based on the principle of egalitarianism. Each country has 3 or possibly 4 clubs that represent it at the group phase. Also, fans from countries such as Lithuania, Bosnia or Georgia will be able to get excited about group games on a full-time basis being represented by several clubs, and not just have the opportunity to see one or two qualifying matches. The new scheme of the Conference(s) League obviously violates the principle of parity of strength of the associations to which it has been applied so far. However, we believe that power parity should only be applied in the Champions League and Europa League, while the idea of the new format of the Conference(s) League should be different. These are supposed to be games available in the same way for all countries. The quality criterion will become decisive only from the quarter-final stage.
Read more details about the new model of Europa Conference League here (download pdf).
List of conferences
Allocation of countries
|official name of conference||specific own name of cup (sample)||countries|
|4 groups x 4 teams||5 countries x 3 teams + 1 team|
|I||CENTRAL – WEST CONFERENCE||MIDDLE EUROPEAN CUP||Austria Germany Hungary Liechtenstein Slovenia Switzerland|
|II||NORTH CONFERENCE||NORDIC CUP||Denmark Faroe Islands Iceland Norway Sweden|
|III||NORTH – WEST CONFERENCE||BRITISH CUP||England Gibraltar Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
|IV||CENTRAL – EAST CONFERENCE||BLACK SEA CUP||Azerbaijan Bulgaria Moldova Romania Türkiye|
|V||SOUTH CONFERENCE||ROMAN-DALMATIAN CUP||Albania Croatia Italy Kosovo San Marino|
|3 groups x 4 teams||4 countries x 3 teams|
|VI||EAST CONFERENCE||EURO-ASIAN CUP||Armenia Belarus Georgia Kazachstan Russia|
|VII||SOUTH – EAST CONFERENCE||EAST MEDITERRANEAN CUP||Cyprus Greece Israel Malta|
|VIII||CENTRAL – SOUTH CONFERENCE||BALKAN CUP||Bosnia North Macedonia Montenegro Serbia|
|IX||SOUTH – WEST CONFERENCE||ATLANTIC-IBERIAN CUP||Andorra Ireland Portugal Spain|
|X||NORTH – EAST CONFERENCE||BALTIC CUP||Estonia Finland Latvia Lithuania|
|XI||WEST CONFERENCE||WESTERN EUROPEAN CUP||Belgium France Luxembourg Netherlands|
|XII||CENTRAL – NORTH CONFERENCE||NORTH SLAVIC CUP||Czechia Poland Slovakia Ukraine|
Simulation for season 2022/23
List of clubs qualified to group stage of regional cups
The simulation was carried out with real data and random data. The qualification methodology and full simulation you can find on this pdf file.
LASK, Rapid Wien, Austria Wien
FC Köln, Mainz, Hoffenheim
Kisvárda, Puskás Akadémia, Fehérvár FC
Koper, Olimpija Ljubljana, Maribor
Lugano, Basel, Young Boys
Silkeborg, Brøndby, AaB, Viborg
B36 Tórshavn, HB Tórshavn, Víkingur
Víkingur Reykjavík, Breiðablik, KR
Molde, Viking, Lillestrøm
AIK, Djurgårdens IF, IF Elfsborg
Leicester City, West Ham, Brighton & Hove, Wolverhampton
Europa, St Joseph’s, Lincoln Red Imps
Crusaders, Cliftonville, Linfield
Dundee Utd, Motherwell, Heart of Midlothian
Bala Town, Newtown, The New Saints
Neftçi Baku, Zira, Gabala
Levski Sofia, CSKA Sofia, Botev
Petrocub Hîncești, Milsami Orhei, Sfîntul
Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe, FCSB, CFR Cluj
Konyaspor, Alanyaspor, Sivasspor, Beşiktaş AŞ
Vllaznia, Laçi, Tirana
Hajduk Split, Osijek, Rijeka
Fiorentina, Atalanta, Hellas Verona, Torino
Llapi, Drita, Ballkani
Tre Fiori, Tre Penne, La Fiorita
Ararat-Armenia, Alashkert, Pyunik
Gomel, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Minsk
Saburtalo Tbilisi, Dinamo Tbilisi, Dinamo Batumi
Kairat, Astana, Tobol
APOEL, Anorthosis Famagusta, Apollon Limassol
PAOK, Panathinaikos, Aris
Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Mac. Tel Aviv, Mac. Netanya
Floriana, Ħamrun Spartans, Hibernians
Velež Mostar, Tuzla City, Zrinjski
Makedonija GP, Akademija Pandev, Shkupi
Budućnost Podgorica, Dečić, Sutjeska Nikšić
Čukarički, Voždovac, Partizan
Atlètic d’Escaldes, Santa Coloma, Inter Club d’Escaldes
St Patrick’s Athletic, Derry City, Shamrock Rovers
Santa Clara, Gil Vicente, Vitória de Guimarães
Villarreal, Athletic de Bilbao, Valencia CF
Paide Linnameeskond, Flora, Nõmme Kalju
KuPS, SJK, FC Honka
Valmiera, Liepāja, RFS
Sūduva, Panevėžys, FK Žalgiris
Anderlecht, Antwerp, Gent
Nice, RC Strasbourg, RC Lens
Racing Union, Differdange 03, F91 Dudelange
Twente, AZ, Vitesse
Slavia Praha, Sparta Praha, Slovácko
Raków, Pogoń, Lech Poznań
Spartak Trnava, Ružomberok, Slovan Bratislava
Zorya Luhansk, Vorskla Poltava, Dnipro-1
Schedule simulation for 2022–23 Conferences League
The simulation takes into consideration real UEFA schedule for 2022-23 season. All matches are played at UEFA match days with exception of play-in round matches that need additional day.
Due to large number of teams, some rounds need to be played as single match.