Europa Conference League draw explainer

Sligo Rovers will enter the first round draw for the UEFA Europa Conference League next Tuesday.

With the Bit O’ Red set to make a first appearance in Europe since 2014, we look at the details ahead of the draw.

When is the draw?

The draw is scheduled for Tuesday 15 June at 12pm on You will be able to stream it live.

When are the games?

The first round is two legs. The games are scheduled for 8 and 15 July. The home fixture will likely be early evening. The draw will determine whether the home game is on 8 or 15 July.

Can I stream the games?

Yes. We will stream the home game which will be outside of the LOI TV platform. We will announce this in detail shortly. For the away game, we will update fans closer to the date as the opposition will determine such a facility.

Can I attend the home game?

We are still awaiting news on the UEFA policy for this season.  If possible we will allow a small number of fans to attend under current guidelines in Ireland. They must purchase in advance.

Who can we face?

UEFA will shortly confirm the seedings.

The Bit O’ Red will be unseeded, meaning our possible opposition can come from these countries based on current standings.

Andorra: FC Santa Coloma

Albania (2): Partizani, Laci

Bosnia and Herezgovina (2): Sarejevo, Siroki Brijeg

Estonia: FCI Levadia

Faroe Islands (2): KI, NSI Runavik

Finland: KuPS

Gibraltar: Europa

Hungary (2): Fehervar, Puskas Akademia

Iceland (2): FH, Starnan

Kosovo: Drita

Latvia: Liepaja

Lithuania: Suduva

Malta (2): Hibernians, Gzira

Moldova: Petrocub Hincesti

Montenegro: Sutjeska

Northern Ireland: Coleraine

North Macedonia: Shkupi

Poland: Slask Wroclaw

San Marino (2): La Fiorita, Tre Penne

Slovakia: Spartak Trnava, Zilina

Slovenia (2): Maribor, Domzale

Wales (2): The New Saints, Bala Town

When will it be narrowed down?

It’s expected that in the 24 hours before the draw the teams will be grouped into five teams. There will be seven groups of five teams, seeded and unseeded

Numbers are allocated to each team and the draw itself will be see one number chosen from seeded and one unseeded.

One pairing creates seven ties at once from the seven groups.

Will the draw be regionalised?

The groups of five often consist of some sort of regionalisation but due to the complex make-up of clubs in each draw, no such thing is guaranteed.

Does the second round draw take place the same day?

No, it is done 24 hours later. The first-round pairing involving Rovers will be in the draw and again it will be streamed on