Following the conclusion of many European leagues and domestic cups, here is a guide to the UEFA Europa Conference League 2022/23 for the Lakesiders.
Bala Town will head into the Europa Conference League First Qualifying Round as a SEEDED team for the 2nd time in our history with 3.250 coefficient points (Click here for more information on how coefficient points are used) Being a seeded club means the Lakesiders will be drawn against a club with lesser European experience in recent years.
The draw for the First Qualifying Round will take place on June 14th at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Following previous draws, all clubs will be placed into a group consisting of 3 or 4 seeded and unseeded teams the night before the draw takes place. This will give clubs a greater idea of who they could face.
The First Qualifying Round ties will take place on the 7th and 14th of July (subject to change) with home/away legs to be decided by the draw.
The Town could face any one of the following clubs in the First Qualifying Round:
Note: Due to the events happening in Ukraine, Russia will have no affiliated clubs participating in UEFA club competitions in the 2022/23 season, resulting in the access list for both of the Europa League & Europa Conference League being altered. The First Qualifying Round of the Europa Conference League will now be reduced from 72 teams to 60 teams.
Ružomberok - Slovakia
Borac Banja Luka - Bosnia & Herzegovina
Inter Turku - Finland
Tre Fiori - San Marino
KR - Iceland
Saburtalo Tbilisi - Georgia
Sfîntul Gheorghe - Moldova
Víkingur - Faroe Islands
Floriana - Malta
Derry City - Republic of Ireland
Panevėžys - Lithuania
Cliftonville - Northern Ireland
Larne - Northern Ireland
Paide Linnameeskond - Estonia
Tuzla City - Bosnia & Herzegovina
SJK - Finland
Differdange 03 - Luxembourg
Gjilani - Kosovo
Llapi - Kosovo
Ararat Yerevan - Armenia
Sligo Rovers - Republic of Ireland
Dila Gori - Georgia
Akademija Pandev - North Macedonia
Ħamrun Spartans - Malta
Newtown - Wales (Unable to be drawn against)
Bruno's Magpies - Gibraltar
Dečić - Montenegro
Iskra - Montenegro
UE Santa Coloma - Andorra
Atlètic d'Escaldes - Andorra
Therefore it could be a trip back to Malta for the Town, where we enjoyed great success in the Europa League First Qualifying Round in 2020, or it could a short journey back to Northern Ireland to face Larne once again. It could also be another familiar foe in Tre Fiori of San Marino, where the Lakesiders unfortunately fell to a 3-1 aggregate defeat.
Stay tuned to our socials over the coming two weeks as we build up to our EIGHTH European campaign!