Eleven teams from across Europe will tonight be hoping to gain the last two UEFA Cup places on offer for next season.
Last week, Östers IF earned a place in the 2004/05 competition after the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) finished at the top of the 2003/04 UEFA Fair Play rankings. The SvFF finished with a Fair Play average coefficient of 8.314 over the 65 matches played by Swedish teams in UEFA competitions in 2003/04. Although Östers were relegated in 2003 they finished fourth in the Swedish fair play rankings and the three teams above them had all already earned European places.
Another eleven associations - Denmark, Norway, England, Germany, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Finland, Spain, Albania, Armenia and Iceland - finished the season with a Fair Play coefficient of 8.0 or over, and have played enough matches to be taken into consideration. These associations will go into a draw, which will take place at half-time of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final in Bochum, Germany tonight.
Following the draw, two clubs from the successful associations will join the Swedish side in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup qualifying round. The draw results will be available immediately on uefa.com.
The clubs nominated for the draw are:
Denmark: Esbjerg fB, winners of Denmark's domestic fair play competition.
Norway: SK Brann, runners-up in Norway's fair play competition to UEFA Champions League qualifiers Rosenborg BK.
England: Charlton Athletic FC, third in England's fair play ranking. First and second-placed Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC have already qualified for the Champions League.
Germany: SC Freiburg, fifth in Gemany's fair play ranking. First, second and third-placed VfB Stuttgart, VfL Bochum 1848, SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have already qualified for the Champions League or UEFA Cup.
Ukraine: The Ukrainian league season runs until 19 June. Therefore the team enters the draw as 'Representative of Ukraine'.
Republic of Ireland: Cork City FC, runners-up in the domestic fair play competition to UEFA Cup qualifiers Bohemian FC. If Cork City are selected, St Pat's will get their Intertoto spot
Finland: FC Lahti, winners of Finland's domestic fair play competition.
Spain: RDC Mallorca, fourth in Spain's fair play ranking. First, second and third-placed Valencia CF, RC Deportivo La Coruña and FC Barcelona have already qualified for the Champions League.
Albania: KS Teuta, fourth in Albania's fair play ranking. First, second and third-placed KS Tirana, KS Dinamo Tirana and FK Partizani have already qualified for the Champions League or UEFA Cup.
Armenia: FC MIKA, third in Armenia's fair play ranking. First-placed FC Banants are already qualified for the UEFA Cup and second-placed FC Kotayk did not receive a UEFA licence.
Iceland: Throttur Reykjavík, winners of Iceland's domestic fair play competition.
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