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Champions League Draw To Take Place on Sunday Morning

Champions League
// 8 Aug 2020

All eyes will be on UEFA headquarters in Nyon at 11 am Irish time on Sunday morning when Dundalk enter the draw for the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

A total of 33 teams, plus the winner of the preliminary round, will enter the first qualifying round draw. With a coefficient of 8.500, Dundalk will be seeded and on Saturday night UEFA whittled the Lilywhites’ list of possible opponents down to just four teams.

Flora Tallinn | Estonia
KI Klaksvik | Faroe Islands
KuPS Kuopio | Finland
NK Celje | Slovenia

As with almost everything this year, things will be done very differently. All qualifying ties will be single-leg matches before reverting to home and away fixtures for the Champions League play-off round. The single-leg ties will take place behind closed doors.

The onset of COVID-19 has also left major question marks over where games will be played. If travel restrictions imposed by the home team’s country prevent the away team from entering, the home team must propose an alternative venue that allows the match to take place without any restrictions. Otherwise, they are considered to have forfeited the match.

Likewise, if travel restrictions imposed by the away team’s country prevent the away team from leaving or returning, the home team must propose an alternative venue that allows the match to take place without any restrictions. Otherwise, UEFA will decide on a venue.

Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, and Poland have provided UEFA with neutral venues but only two of those countries, Greece and Hungary, are on Ireland’s ‘green list’ which would enable an Irish club to visit there and return without having to restrict their movements for a 14-day period upon arriving home.

Non-footballing decisions could also come into play with UEFA stating that – after the draw – if new restrictions are imposed by either the home team’s or away team’s country that prevents the match from taking place the team of that country is considered to have forfeited the match.

The first qualifying round tie will take place on August 18th/19th with the winners advancing to the second qualifying round which takes place a week later. The draw for the second qualifying round takes place on Monday. All losing sides progress to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League which takes place on September 17th.

Champions League QR1 unseeded teams
CS Fola Esch – Luxembourg
Djurgårdens IF – Sweden
Buducnost Podgorica – Montenegro
Flora Tallinn – Estonia
Dynamo Brest – Belarus
Riga FC – Latvia
Connah’s Quay – Wales
KI Klaksvik – Faroe Islands
Europa FC – Gibraltar
NK Celje – Slovenia
Ararat-Armenia – Armenia
KuPS Kuopio – Finland
KR Reykjavik – Iceland
KF Tirana – Albania
Sileks Kratovo – Macedonia
Floriana – Malta
*Preliminary round winner

Preliminary round
Linfield – Northern Ireland
Tre Fiori – San Marino
FC Drita – Kosovo
Inter Club d’Escales – Andorra