THE UEFA Regions’ Cup qualifying draws set groups for the preliminary and intermediate rounds as the European amateur competition returns.
In all 36 associations have entered, with Malta and San Marino fielding national amateur teams and the rest to be represented by regional selections that win their country’s qualifying competitions. The teams from the 31 associations with the highest competition coefficients will begin in the intermediate round, with the other five taking part in the preliminary round tournament to fill the remaining intermediate round slot.
All preliminary round matches must be played between 1 May and 31 July 2022 while all intermediate round matches must be played between 15 August and 9 December 2022. The eight intermediate round group winners will qualify for the finals held, in principle, in the last two weeks of June 2023.
The competition returns following the cancellation of the 2020/21 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent edition was in 2018/19 with Poland’s Dolny Śląsk beating German hosts Bavaria in the final.
Preliminary round draw
The five teams will take part in a two-round one-venue event hosted by one of the contenders, The teams in Group 1 will meet each other once; the teams in Group 2 will play twice. The winners of the two groups will compete in a final for the intermediate round place on offer.
Group1: Georgia, Kazakhstan, Estonia
Group 2: Belarus, Azerbaijan
All associations represented by regional amateur teams to be determined.
Intermediate round draw
The winners of each group qualify for the finals held, in principle, in the last two weeks of June 2023, with hosts to be decided when the qualifiers are known.
Group 1: Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Scotland
Group 2: Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, Moldova
Group 3: Turkey, Portugal, Finland, Preliminary round winners
Group 4: Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Wales, Sweden
Group 5: Germany, Italy, England, North Macedonia
Group 6: Republic of Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, San Marino*
Group 7: Spain, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia
Group 8: Croatia, Ukraine, Serbia, Malta*
*National amateur team, all other associations represented by regional amateur teams.
Draw procedure and seedings
The five teams will take part in a two-round one-venue event hosted by one of the contenders. The five contenders were drawn from a single pot into two groups.
The first three teams drawn go into Group 1, and the other two into Group 2. The winners of the two groups will compete in a final for the intermediate round place on offer.
The 32 contenders (31 teams entering in this round and the preliminary round winners) were split into four pots of eight teams based on their coefficients. The teams were drawn into eight groups of four teams, each containing one team from each pot. Hosts will be appointed for each mini-tournament with the eight group winners qualifying for the finals.
On the basis of previous decisions by the UEFA Executive Committee and the UEFA Emergency Panel, teams from Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn in the same group.