10 August 2020


UEL First Qualifying Round Draw

10 August 202011:15am

The UEFA Europa League first qualifying round draw has been made at UEFA HQ today (10 August) with clubs from the JD Cymru Premier learning where and who they will play on 27 August. 

The New Saints were seeded for the draw and will play home against MŠK Žilina of Slovakia in their one-legged match, meanwhile Bala Town must travel to Malta where they will play Valletta. 

If Barry Town United can eliminate NSÍ Runavík in the preliminary round, they'll set up an encounter with Aberdeen of the Scottish Premier League.  

UCL Second Qualifying Round Draw

10 August 202010:21am

The draw for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League was made today in Nyon where Connah's Quay Nomads discovered who they will play should they get past Sarajevo in the first qualifying round. 

The JD Cymru Premier champions reward for progress will be an away tie against either Dynamo Brest of Belarus or Astana of Kazakhstan. 

Second qualifying round matches are to be played on 25 or 26 August.


09 August 202011:20am

The UEFA Europa League preliminary round draw was completed at UEFA HQ in Nyon today (9 August) with Barry Town United learning that they must travel to the Faroe Islands for their match. 

The Jenner Park club will play NSÍ Runavík on 20 August in single-leg match for a place in the next round. The game will be played to a conclusion on the day with extra-time and penalties if required. 




09 August 202010:24am

The draw for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League has taken place in Nyon today (9 August) with the JD Cymru Premier Champions learning who they will play in a one legged match.

Connah's Quay Nomads will play FK Sarajevo of Bosnia Herzegovina in Cardiff on 18 or 19 August. The match will be played to a conclusion with extra-time and penalties being used if the scores are level. 

Winners advance to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round; all losing sides progress to the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

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UCL & UEL Draws

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The draw for the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the 2020/21 season will take place on Sunday (9 August) and Monday (10 August) ahead of a series of one-off ties that will decide the progress of the four clubs involved from the JD Cymru Premier.

Connah's Quay Nomads were crowned JD Cymru Premier champions for the first time last season and will make their UEFA Champions League debut in the 1st qualifying round. Meanwhile, Barry Town United will enter the preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League, while The New Saints and Bala Town will be included in the 1st qualifying round draw. 

Manager Andy Morrison arrived on Deeside in November 2015 and under his guidance the Nomads have qualified for the UEFA Europa League every year. In addition to claiming a memorable victory over Finnish side HJK Helsinki, the side famously eliminated both Stabæk of Norway and Scottish outfit Kilmarnock in previous campaigns.

However, the UEFA Champions League is set to provide a tough test for the unseeded team, with established European names such Slovan Bratislava, Legia Warsaw, Molde, Red Star Belgrade and Celtic amongst the list of potential opponents ahead of Sunday's draw. The one-off match will then take place on 18/19 August, with the Nomads playing at Cardiff City Stadium should they be drawn at home.

Barry Town United enter the UEFA Europa League at the preliminary round stage with their tie scheduled to take place on 20August. Gavin Chesterfield's side were eliminated at this stage last season following a 4-0 reverse at Irish side Cliftonville despite earning a credible 0-0 draw in the home leg, and the side will hope to be better for the experience this time around.

The New Saints are experienced European campaigners and manager Scott Ruscoe will be keen for his side to make their most of their seeded position in the 1st qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. With victory over Kosovan outfit Feronikeli in the UEFA Champions League last season, the Saints will be desperate to make amends for losing out on the JD Cymru Premier title in this latest European campaign.

Bala Town failed to qualify for European competition last season, but make a welcome return to the UEFA Europa League this year as they enter the 1st qualifying round as one of the unseeded teams. Potential opposition for Colin Caton's side include Rosenborg, Partizan Belgrade, Shamrock Rovers, Malmo and Aberdeen amongst other familiar European names. The ties involving The New Saints and Bala Town will be played on 27th August.

It has also been confirmed that all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League one-off qualifying round games will take place behind closed doors. The situation will be assessed ahead of the respective play-offs that are scheduled to take place at the end of September and early October.