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Wednesday draw for fresh competition

Published: Tuesday 23 June 2009, 9.35CET
The first draw in the history of the new UEFA Women's Champions League is made at 11.15CET at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, with 28 qualifying round entrants involved including FC Bayern München.
by Paul Saffer
Wednesday draw for fresh competition
Bayern München are preparing for their UEFA Women's Champions League bow ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 23 June 2009, 9.35CET

Wednesday draw for fresh competition

The first draw in the history of the new UEFA Women's Champions League is made at 11.15CET at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, with 28 qualifying round entrants involved including FC Bayern München.

The first draw in the history of the new UEFA Women's Champions League is made at 11.15CET on Wednesday at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, with 28 qualifying round entrants discovering their fate. To follow the draw live click here then click on the 'Draw' banner.

Entrants
Replacing the UEFA Women's Cup, which was first contested in 2001/02, the new competition features for the first time the eight runners-up from the top-ranked nations, all of whom will be involved in the qualifying round. The 28 teams have been split into four seeding categories based on their coefficients, with all seven groups containing one team from each section.

Ambitious contenders
The top tier of seeds include seven of the eight teams entering as runners-up and among that number are former semi-finalists Brøndby IF and Montpellier Hérault SC plus ambitious debutants ii and Linköpings FC. Seven teams have also been designated as mini-tournament hosts and will also be kept apart while being placed in groups according to their seeding: Brøndby, Linköpings, ŽNK KRKA from Slovenia, Lithuanian champions Gintra Universitetas, Croatian side WFC Osijek, ZFK Tikvesanka of FYR Macedonia and Cypriot club Apollon Limassol.

Former winners
All the mini-tournaments will be played between 30 July and 4 August, with the seven group winners joining the 25 sides entering in the Round of 32, the list including the last UEFA Women's Cup winners FCR 2001 Duisburg and fellow former European champions Umeå IK, 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam and Arsenal LFC. From this stage, the competition will consist of two-legged knockout ties, with the draw for the Round of 32 and Round of 16 made at 12.00CET on 14 August.

Showpiece final
In another innovation, the final will be played as a one-off match two days before the men's UEFA Champions League final in the same city, with the 2009/10 decider scheduled for Thursday 20 May in Madrid. For a full season calendar and explanation of the format click here.

2009/10 UEFA Women's Champions League entry and ranking list
Qualifying round: 30 July-4 August (28 teams) – host club in bold
*league runners-up
SeedCountryClubPot
1
DEN*
Brøndby IF1
1
FRA*
Montpellier Hérault SC
5
1
RUS*
WFC Rossiyanka
5
1
GER*FC Bayern München5
1
SWE*Linköpings FC1
1
ENG*
Everton LFC
5
1
ITA*ASD Torres Calcio
5
2
NOR*Team Strømmen (Lillestrøm SK Kvinner from 01.01.2010)4
2
ROU
CFF Clujana
4
2
PORSU 1° Dezembro4
2
ISRMaccabi Holon FC4
2
BULFC NSA Sofia
4
2
SVN
ŽNK KRKA1
2
LTU
Gintra Universitetas1
3
SCO
Glasgow City LFC
3
3
WALCardiff City LFC
3
3
SVKFK Slovan Duslo Šaľa3
3
FROKlaksvíkar Ítrottarfelag KÍ
3
3
CROWFC Osijek
1
3
MDAFC Roma Calfa
3
3
IRLSaint Francis FC
3
4
NIRGlentoran Belfast United2
4
MKDZFK Tikvesanka
1
4
EST
FC Levadia Tallinn
2
4
MLTBirkirkara FC
2
4
CYPApollon Limassol
1
4
GEO
Norchi Dinamoeli
2
4
TURTrabzonspor
2
Bye to Round of 32 (25 teams)
RankCountryClubPot
1Titleholders (GER)
FCR 2001 Duisburg
tbc
2SWEUmeå IKtbc
3GER1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
tbc
4ENGArsenal LFC
tbc
5FRAOlympique Lyonnaistbc
6
RUSZvezda-2005
tbc
7
ITAASD CF Bardolino Veronatbc
8ISLValur Reykjavíktbc
9AUTSV Neulengbach
tbc
10CZEAC Sparta Praha
tbc
11KAZAlma KTZH
tbc
12
BLRWFC Universitet Vitebsktbc
13
NORRøa IL
tbc
14DENFortuna Hjørring
tbc
15SRBŽFK Mašinac Ništbc
16NEDAZ Alkmaar
tbc
17BIHŽNK SFK 2000 Sarajevotbc
18
UKRZhilstroy-1 Kharkov
tbc
19
ESPRayo Vallecano de Madrid
tbc
20SUIFC Zürich Frauentbc
21GREPAOK FC
tbc
22BELStandard Fémina de Liègetbc
23FINFC Honka Espoo
tbc
24
POLRaciborskie Towarzystwo Piłkarskie 'Unia'
tbc
25
HUNViktória FC Szombathelytbc

Last updated: 25/06/09 12.24CET

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