The competition begins the week of Monday, March 20th as holders St Patrick's Athletic, who recorded a 4-1 win over Limerick in last year's final, will start their defence at home to Bluebell United.
The draw, which was made at the League offices at Abbotstown, also sees Wexford host South-east rivals against Waterford at Ferrycarrig Park and SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Galway United host Mayo League.
The full EA SPORTS Cup first-round draw is as follows:-
Pool 1: Cobh Ramblers v Avondale United; Wexford v Waterford. Byes: Cork City, Limerick.
Pool 2: Finn Harps v Cockhill Celtic; Galway United v Mayo League. Byes: Derry City, Sligo Rovers.
Pool 3: Drogheda United v Bray Wanderers; St Patrick's Athletic v Bluebell United. Byes: Dundalk, U.C.D.
Pool 4: Athlone Town v Longford Town; Bohemians v Cabinteely. Byes: Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne.
Matches to be played on Monday/Tuesday, March 20th/21st with dates and times to be confirmed at a later date.
Clubs who are involved in SSE Airtricity League fixtures on Saturday, 18th March are entitled to play their EA SPORTS Cup fixture on Tuesday, March 21st.