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The Europa League group-stage draw is set to take place on Friday 26 August and Manchester United will be among this season's top seeds.

UEFA’s ceremony will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, and it will be live streamed on their official website from 12:00 BST. We will also provide live updates in our United App and via

The 32 clubs are seeded into four groups of eight in line with the club coefficient rankings established at the season’s start. Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other.

In case you didn’t already know, this season’s group-stage will begin on 8 September and it will be completed by 3 November, ahead of the 2022/23 season taking a break for the World Cup.

West Ham United will face either Viborg of Denmark or B36 Tórshavn of the Faroe Islands in the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) play-off round.

The third tier of active European club football competitions, after the Champions League and the Europa League, the UECL was introduced at the start of the 2021/22 season, when it was won by Italian club AS Roma.

This season's play-off round draw was made at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday afternoon, where 22 ties were drawn, including the one pairing David Moyes’ Hammers with Viborg or B36 Tórshavn.

It will be our first ever meeting with either of our potential opponents.

Viborg qualified by winning a play-off against AaB after finishing seventh in the Danish Superliga, then top of a Relegation round table. They defeated Sūduva of Lithuania in the second qualifying round.

B36 qualified as winners of the 2021 Faroe Islands Cup and have defeated Borac Banja Luka of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Tre Fiori of San Marino in the first and second qualifying rounds respectively.

Our opponents' third qualifying round tie will be played over the next two weeks, with the first leg in Denmark on Wednesday 3 August and the second being held in the Faroe Islands on Tuesday 9 August.

West Ham's play-off round first leg will be played at London Stadium on Thursday 18 August, with the return leg scheduled to be played in either Viborg Stadium or Tórsvøllur on Thursday 25 August. Dates and kick-off times will be confirmed in due course. Tickets for our home leg are on sale to Season Ticket Holders and Bondholders now.

Should we win, we will join 21 other UECL play-off round winners and ten clubs eliminated from the Europa League play-off round in the group stage. There, we will face three group-stage opponents home and away.

The UECL will then take a break until the New Year, kicking-off with the preliminary knockout round in February and round of 16 in March, with the eight group runners-up going through to a preliminary knockout round, where they will face a third-place group-stage finisher from the Europa League.

From there, the competition follows a two-legged knockout format all the way to the final, which will be hosted at Slavia Prague’s Fortuna Arena in the Czech Republic on 7 June next year.

For background, having finished seventh in the Premier League in 2021/22, the Irons are entering the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) for the first time and will be the only English club taking part in the tournament at this stage.

The Hammers, of course, went all the way to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals this season, and will now hope to embark on another long journey over land and sea in the UECL.

Shamrock Rovers' Europa League opponents Shkupi have released an extraordinary statement condemning the "evil" decision to prevent them from flying into Dublin, with the North Macedonian side instead heading to Shannon Airport ahead of their Tallaght Stadium showdown tonight.

Last month, Rovers had to depart from Shannon for their Champions League qualification tie against Hibernians of Malta because Dublin Airport was unable to facilitate their charter flight.Stephen Bradley told RTÉ Sport that it did not make sense that Ludogorets were then able to fly into Dublin Airport the following week.

St Patrick's Athletic had to fly out from Knock for their Europa Conference League first-leg clash with CSKA Sofia yesterday, again due to being unable to secure a departure spot from Dublin.

RTÉ Sport understands Pat's officials were irked at being forced to journey to Mayo rather than leave from their home city.Likewise, the Slovenian side who Pat's beat in the first round had to land in Mayo rather than Dublin.

On Thursday, Shkupi posted a statement on their club website complaining about their own detour to the west of Ireland ahead of the Europa League third qualifying round first leg.They have urged the North Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene and ensure the squad is allowed to fly home from Dublin after tonight's match.

"Our team is being interfered with by making small plays in such an unbecoming manner," the statement read.

"Despite our budget, we were trying to keep our players comfortable by hiring a charter plane and paying thousands of euros to ensure that our players could make it to the Europa League in good health, but the Irish government did not listen to UEFA, despite the intervention of UEFA, landed us 300km away from Dublin [the actual distance is 209km] and gave our team an undeserved treatment on this journey.

"Likewise, after the match, he will send it back 300km and fly it from there. Unfortunately, this has not been done to any other team except the North Macedonia team, our loneliness has emerged again as we progressed on the European road. our government will respond to this situation."

RTÉ Sport understands Shamrock Rovers could not fly from Dublin due to an ongoing shortage of ground staff at the airport, but it is understood ACL, the independent slot coordinator at Dublin Airport, did not receive any charter requests for flights originating from North Macedonia.

Watch CSKA Sofia v St Patrick's Athletic live on the RTÉ News channel on Thursday at 5.55pm, with a live blog on and the RTÉ News app, including updates on Viking FC v Sligo Rovers and then Shamrock Rovers v Shkupi at 8pm

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