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Women's Champions League lineup takes shape

Published: Monday 15 June 2009, 11.00CET
The inaugural UEFA Women's Champions League begins next season with 53 contenders from 44 nations, and the 28 teams entering in the qualifying round will discover their groups when the draw is made on 24 June.
by Paul Saffer
Women's Champions League lineup takes shape
European debutants Bayern München will join UEFA Women's Cup winners Duisburg in the new competition ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 15 June 2009, 11.00CET

Women's Champions League lineup takes shape

The inaugural UEFA Women's Champions League begins next season with 53 contenders from 44 nations, and the 28 teams entering in the qualifying round will discover their groups when the draw is made on 24 June.

The inaugural UEFA Women's Champions League begins next season with 53 contenders from 44 nations, and the 28 teams entering in the qualifying round will discover their group lineups when the draw is made on Wednesday 24 June at 11.15CET at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

Entrants
Replacing the UEFA Women's Cup, which began 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 seedings categories based on their coefficients, with all seven groups contraining one team from each section. 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: Danish runners-up Brøndby IF, Sweden's Linköpings FC, 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 from 30 July until 4 August, with the seven group winners joining the 25 entering in the Round of 32, the list including the last UEFA Women's Cup holders FCR 2001 Duisburg and fellow former European champions Umeå IK, 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam and Arsenal LFC. Arsenal are among seven 'sister' clubs of men's UEFA Champions League entrants in the competition, alongside fellow Round of 32 entrants Olympique Lyonnais, AC Sparta Praha, AZ Alkmaar and Standard Fémina de Liège plus qualifying round hopefuls FC Bayern München and Glentoran Belfast United.

Madrid final
From this stage the competition will be played in two-legged knockout ties, with the draw for the Round of 32 and Round of 16 made at 12.00CET on 14 August. 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 provisional entry and ranking list
All information is subject to confirmation
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 Niš
tbc
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 Szombathe
tbc
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/Sakarya Yenikent Güneşspor (tbc)
2
Last updated: 25/06/09 12.24CET

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