Sligo Rovers awarded UEFA club licence for European ties

The FAI has confirmed that Sligo Rovers have been granted their UEFA Club licence for this summer’s Europa League Conference.

All five League of Ireland clubs who have qualified for European football, Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic, Derry City, Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne (women), have received their respective licences.

The draw for the 2022/2023 Europa Conference League will be made on Tuesday, June 14th.

Rovers are assured of a two-legged first round tie.

The games will be played on Thursday, July 7th – and Thursday, July 14th.

The Europa Conference League is the newest European Club Competition (Tier 3) and was introduced for the first time last year.

Rovers were participants in the inaugural season – but they failed to progress beyond the opening round of last season’s Conference league – going down 3-1 on aggregate to Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjörður.

The club received €250,000 for their participation in Europe last year.

Getting through to the next round of the competition this summer would almost double that financial return.

UEFA has also confirmed that the 2023 Europa League final will be held in the Eden Arena in Prague.

The 2022 final between Jose Mourinho’s Roma and Dutch side Feyenoord takes place on Wednesday, May 25th.