The final qualifiers for the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League earned their place recently so we now know who will be seeded and all of our potential opponents.
Our UEFA ranking of 1.750 will mean we are unseeded for the First Qualifying Round. The draw will take place on June 18th with the games scheduled for July 11th and July 18th. As ever we stress that these dates will not be finalised until after the draw when clubs meet to agree the final arrangements!
On the day of the draw, clubs will be assigned into pots based on seeding and to ensure two teams from the same nation cannot face each other. Each team will be assigned a number (1-12). The draw procedure will see one seeded ball and unseeded ball taken. Then these two are mixed to see who plays at home first.
Seeded/unseeded does not mean a team will play first/second. The draw decides that. If the draw show that team 4 will play team 10, then all teams in each pot with those numbers will play each other. If effectively means the draw is pretty quick as each time numbers are paired, 16-20 teams find out their opponent.
The draw is not regionalised. They may be in regions but UEFA can move teams around to ensure that teams of a similar rating are in each pot. For example last year, Shamrock Rovers' possible opponents were from Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia and Belarus while Derry City could have faced teams from Belarus, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro.
Shakhtyor Soligorsk, Vitebsk, Dinamo Minsk
CSKA Sofia, Levski Sofia
Apollon Limassol, AEK Larnaca
Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Maccabi Haifa
Kairat, Tobol, Ordabasy
Haugesund, Brann CC, Molde
Legia Warsaw, Cracovia
Rangers, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen
Radnicki Nis, Cukaricki
Olimpija Ljubljana, Domzale
Malmo FF, IFK Norrkoping
As you can see, it is quite a big list at this stage (46 in total). It includes 4 clubs that we have previously played in European competition; Steaua Bucharest (Romania; 2009), Zalgiris (Lithuania; 2013), Legia Warsaw (Poland; 2014), Dinamo Minsk (Belarus; 2016).
You can win a trip to our away game for only 10 euro! Tickets for our Europa League draw are on sale now
RAFFLE | Great first night of sales for our Europa League draw last night. Tickets available from the club office and from sellers locally too. Only ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢€Å¡Ã‚Â¬10! pic.twitter.com/8nnhU7ZoTTÃ¢€â€ St Patrick's Athletic FC (@stpatsfc) May 22, 2019