The UEFA Regions' Cup, Europe's top competition for amateur representative teams, returns for 2018/19 with 39 associations in the 2018/19 preliminary and intermediate round draws at 13:30CET on Wednesday 6 December.
• In all cases the draw is made according to nations, who will ultimately be represented by regional amateur teams following qualifying competitions organised by respective associations (Malta and San Marino enter their amateur national teams).
• The 12 lowest-ranked nations accoring to the UEFA Regions' Cup coefficients (FYR Macedonia, Romania, Israel, Scotland, Lithuania, Sweden, Slovenia, Wales, Greece, Estonia, Kazakhstan and Georgia) will be split into three groups of four teams with hosts for each selected after the draw.
• The groups will be contested before 31 July 2018, with the first-placed teams and two best runners-up progressing to the intermediate round.
• The five preliminary round qualifiers join the remaining 27 contenders in the intermediate round.
• The eight highest-ranked associations, led by holders Croatia, are placed in Pot A. The next eight are in Pot B, the nations ranked 17th to 24th in Pot C and the other three associations with byes to this round (San Marino, Moldova and Finland) in Pot D.
• Position four in Groups 1 to 5 will be filled as follows ...
Preliminary round Group A winner to Group 1
Preliminary round Group B winner to Group 2
Preliminary round Group C winner to Group 3
Preliminary round best runner-up to Group 4
Preliminary round second best runner-up to Group 5
• The remaining teams will be drawn into eight groups each containing an association from each pot (San Marino, Moldova and Finland will be drawn to fill position 4 in Groups 6 to 8).
• On the basis of previous decisions by the UEFA Executive Committee and UEFA Emergency Panel, the representatives of Russia and Ukraine cannot meet.
• Hosts will then be appointed for each of the eight mini-tournaments, to be played by 16 December 2018.
The eight group winners of the intermediate round will qualify for the final tournament. In principle, the finals will take place in the last two weeks of June 2019, hosted by one of the countries that qualifies.
Full draw pots
Preliminary round draw (no seeding)
FYR Macedonia, Romania, Israel, Scotland, Lithuania, Sweden, Slovenia, Wales, Greece, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Georgia
Intermediate round draw
Pot A: Croatia (holders), Republic of Ireland, Spain, Russia, Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Germany
Pot B: Poland, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, England, Serbia
Pot C: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Switzerland, Latvia, Malta*
Pot D: San Marino*, Moldova, Finland
*national rather than regional teams
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