FIFA 14 May 2021 4:31 PM +00:00

Europa Conference League should arrive in FIFA 22

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The Europa Conference League will be introduced to the footballing world from the 2021-22 season, and we should see it in FIFA 22 as well.

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UEFA is bringing in a third-tier of European competition that will run concurrently with the current Europa League on a Thursday night.

Find out all about the new competition and what we can expect to see on FIFA 22 below.

Europa Conference League

The idea behind the third-tier competition is to grant opportunities for European football to clubs who struggle to qualify for the current competitions.

This is aimed at some of the smaller nations, but there is one spot open to English clubs.

The new system for European competitions will see at least 34 UEFA nations represented in the group stage of one of the competitions.

The five major European leagues have all been granted one slot in the tournament, but the likes of Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, and Scotland have received two.

Qualifying

One team from the Premier League will qualify for the competition, and it looks increasingly likely that it will go to the seventh-placed team.

If Chelsea and Leicester remain in the league's top five (or Chelsea win the Champions League) then the seventh-placed team will enter the Europa Conference League at the Play-Off round.

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The first leg of the Play-Off round is due to take place on Thursday, 19 August, with the second leg the following week.

So far, Scottish clubs Aberdeen and Hibernian have guaranteed their spots in the Second Qualifying Round, and we await to see which other British teams will join them.

Ultimate Team

We have seen various Champions League (UCL) and Europa League (UEL) cards released in Ultimate Team in the past couple of seasons, so it would be no surprise to see some for the new competition too.

It is unlikely we will see any standard cards as we currently don't see any Europa League ones.

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However, Road to the Final (RTTF), Team of the Tournament (TOTT), and Man of the Match (MOTM) cards are all well within reason.

As it is the first-ever time the competition will take place, could EA have something special up their sleeves?

Career Mode

EA has secured the licenses to the Champions League and Europa League for the next three years, so this partnership with UEFA should extend to the Europa Conference League too.

We have seen some real effort put into the matchday experience for Champions League games in Career Mode, so we hope that extends into the third-tier competition.

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If the trend continues, we should have another fully licensed tournament to play when FIFA 22 Career Mode comes around.

This could open up new opportunities for clubs to be added to the game should they qualify.

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