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For love, not money

The UEFA Regions' Cup kicks off on Sunday with eight teams contesting Europe's blue riband event for amateurs.

Tournament structure
The finals, which are being held in Bad-Württemberg, Germany, will see the eight contenders divided into two groups of four. The teams in each group will play each other once over the course of the next week, with the winners of each group going head-to-head for the title in next Sunday's final in Heidenheim.

Big kick-off
The first day of the tournament will see all eight sides in action, with the host team, Württemberg Amateur, starting their Group A campaign with a game against Switzerland's Ticino Amateur in Heidenheim at 16.00CET. Meanwhile, in Wangen, Hungary's Szabolcs Gabona Csoport Amateur will start the Group B campaign with a game against France's Ligue du Maine Amateur.

Late starters
Once those games are over, the remaining teams in the competition will have their opportunity to shine. In Heidenheim, Spain's Principado de Asturias Amateur will take on Italy's Piemonte Valle d'Aosta Amateur in a game which kicks off at 18.30CET. In Wangen, the Netherlands' premier amateur side, District Noord Amateur will start their finals campaign with a game against Azerbaijan's Geyazan Amateur at the same time.

Third edition
This will be the third edition of the Regions' Cup since its formation. Italy's Veneto Amateur won the first tournament on home territory in 1999 while two years later, the Czech Republic's Central Moravia Amateur made home advantage count with a 4-2 win on penalties following a 2-2 draw against Portugal's Braga Amateur.

Amateur game
The tournament was devised to offer a European competition to amateur footballers, who represent more than 95 per cent of those who play organised football.

One entry per country
The Regions' Cup is open to all national associations, provided that they run domestic championships. Each national association is entitled to enter just one regional team, to be designated via a domestic qualifying competition, although some small national associations are entitled to enter a national representative team.

Love not money
Throughout the tournament, uefa.com will be keeping readers up to date with all of the action from Bad-Württemberg as the teams, who in the purest spirit of football are playing for love not money, battle for the trophy.