What is the EUROPA LEAGUE?
The European Footballing Association (FECA) is the governing body of European soccer. The EUROPA LEAGUE is the most important soccer tournament in Europe. The tournament has various divisions – namely, the Intertoto Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Women’s Cup and the EUROTOLEX. The tournament was first known as the European Intertoto Cup.
The EUROTOLEX is the second-most prestigious tournament in Europe after the World Cup. The competition is divided into four different groups, with the bottom two groups of teams qualifying for the playoffs. Unlike the World Cup, qualification for the EPS is based on the results of the group stage, making it a fierce rivalry between teams from similar groups. Unlike the World Cup, the EUROTOLEX does not have a playoff stage. However, the third placed team in each group of the tournament qualifies for the playoffs, while the team finishing third in the group stages competes for fourth place.
The third step towards qualification for the EUROTOLEX is the group stages. Each team is played against every other team in its group twice. The first round of matches usually determine which team will be advancing to the playoffs. Once the group stage is over, there will be a knock-out phase. The knockout round is much tougher than the group stages and the teams are usually made up of the leaders of each group plus one or two amateur clubs. This can make it a very exciting and tight competition that will see a favorite win each game.
After the knockout phase comes the quarter-finals and the semi-finals. In the quarter-finals, the highest ranked teams will face off against the other lower seeds. The teams with the most points after the quarter-finals will qualify for the semis. The last phase consists of two teams – one from each country that made it to the european championships. The teams will have a chance to fight for the championship at the end of the year.
Unlike some other soccer competitions, there is no official ranking system in the EECOA. This means that teams playing in the group stage have equal chance of progressing to the semis and the grand final. There are three points allowed per match and therefore, many teams are fighting for a place in the top three. Points are not given based on previous performances so it is very difficult to predict who will qualify for what position. A team that finishes fourth only has a slim chance of reaching the final.
Another major difference between the EUROTOLEX and other soccer competitions is the payment distribution. Like other leagues in Europe, the money for winning the competition is based on the number of goals scored. The payments in the group stages are also different than the ones in the semis. The currency amount is determined by the country in which the competition is organized. In addition, the countries that are directly competing in the tournament have different distribution models.