UEFA Europa League first qualifying round draw

The first qualifying round consists of 94 teams, with the winners advancing to the second qualifying round.

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When and where was the draw?

The draw took place on Monday 10 August at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. It was streamed live on UEFA.com.

The draw

Maribor (SVN) vs Coleraine (NIR)
Riteriai (LTU) vs Derry City (IRL)
Zrinjski (BIH) vs Differdange (LUX)
Rosenborg (NOR) vs Breidablik (ISL)
Hammarby (SWE) vs Puskás Akadémia (HUN)
Ventspils (LVA) vs Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol (MDA)
AGF Aarhus (DEN) vs Honka Espoo (FIN)
The New Saints (WAL) vs Žilina (SVK)
Neftçi (AZE) vs Shkupi (MKD)
Nõmme Kalju (EST) vs Mura (SVN)
Apollon Limassol (CYP) vs Saburtalo (GEO)
Partizan (SRB) vs RFS (LVA)
FCSB (ROU) vs Shirak (ARM)

Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) vs Víkingur Reykjavík (ISL)
Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) vs Paide Linnameeskond (EST)
Valletta (MLT) vs Bala Town (WAL)
Aberdeen (SCO) vs NSÍ Runavík (FRO)
Malmö (SWE) vs Cracovia Kraków (POL)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) vs Sfintul Gheorghe Suruceni (MDA)
Shamrock Rovers (IRL) vs Ilves Tampere (FIN)
Vaduz (LIE) vs Hibernians (MLT)
Keşla (AZE) vs Laçi (ALB)
Bodø/Glimt (NOR) vs Kauno Žalgiris (LTU)
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) vs Željezničar (BIH)
Lech Poznań (POL) vs Valmiera (LVA)
Progrès Niederkorn (LUX) vs Zeta (MNE)

B36 Tórshavn (FRO) vs Levadia Tallinn (EST)
Budapest Honvéd (HUN) vs Inter Turku (FIN)
Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) vs Union Titus Petange (LUX)
Motherwell (SCO) vs Glentoran (NIR)
Kukës (ALB) vs Slavia Sofia (BUL)
Dinamo Minsk (BLR) vs Piast Gliwice (POL)
Hafnarfjördur (ISL) vs Dunajská Streda (SVK)
Servette (SUI) vs Ružomberok (SVK)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) vs Dinamo Batumi (GEO)
Fehérvár (HUN) vs Bohemian (IRL)
Alashkert (ARM) vs Renova (MKD)
Ordabasy Shymkent (KAZ) vs Botoşani (ROU)
CSKA-Sofia (BUL) vs Sirens (MLT)

Petrocub-Hincesti (MDA) vs Bačka Topola (SRB)
Teuta (ALB) vs Beitar Jerusalem (ISR)
Sumgayit City (AZE) vs Shkëndija (MKD)
Borac Banja Luka (BIH) vs Sutjeska (MNE)
Kairat Almaty (KAZ) vs Noah (ARM)
Iskra Danilovgrad (MNE) vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL)
Lokomotive Tbilisi (GEO) vs Universitatea Craiova (ROU)
Gjilani (KOS) vs APOEL (CYP)

Teams

86 New entrants
8 Preliminary round winners

Seedings

The 94 teams were divided equally between seeded and unseeded clubs in accordance with the club coefficient rankings.

Group 1

Seeded
1 Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)
2 Maribor (SVN)
3 St Joseph's (GIB)/B36 Tórshavn (FRO)

Unseeded
4 Coleraine (NIR)/La Fiorita (SMR)
5 Víkingur Reykjavík (ISL)
6 Levadia Tallinn (EST)

Group 2

Seeded
1 Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)
2 Riteriai (LTU)
3 Budapest Honvéd (HUN)

Unseeded
4 Derry City (IRL)
5 Paide Linnameeskond (EST)
6 Inter Turku (FIN)

Group 3

Seeded
1 Valletta (MLT)
2 Zrinjski (BIH)
3 Lincoln Red Imps (GIB)/Prishtina (KOS) 

Unseeded
4 Differdange (LUX)
5 Bala Town (WAL)
6 Union Titus Petange (LUX)

Group 4

Seeded
1 Aberdeen (SCO)
2 Rosenborg (NOR)
3 Motherwell (SCO) 

Unseeded
4 Breidablik (ISL)
5 NSÍ Runavík (FRO)/Barry Town United (WAL)
6 Glentoran (NIR)/HB Tórshavn (FRO)

Group 5

Seeded
1 Malmö (SWE)
2 Hammarby (SWE)
3 Kukës (ALB) 

Unseeded
4 Puskás Akadémia (HUN)
5 Cracovia Kraków (POL)
6 Slavia Sofia (BUL)

Group 6

Seeded
1 Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)
2 Ventspils (LVA)
3 Dinamo Minsk (BLR) 

Unseeded
4 Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol (MDA)
5 Sfintul Gheorghe Suruceni (MDA)
6 Piast Gliwice (POL)

Group 7

Seeded
1 Shamrock Rovers (IRL)
2 AGF Aarhus (DEN)
3 FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)

Unseeded
4 Honka Espoo (FIN)
5 Ilves Tampere (FIN)
6 Dunajská Streda (SVK)

Group 8

Seeded
1 Vaduz (LIE)
2 The New Saints (WAL)
3 Servette (SUI)

Unseeded
4 Žilina (SVK)
5 Hibernians (MLT)
6 Ružomberok (SVK)

Group 9

Seeded
1 Keşla (AZE)
2 Neftçi (AZE)
3 Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) 

Unseeded
4 Shkupi (MKD)
5 Laçi (ALB)
6 Dinamo Batumi (GEO)

Group 10

Seeded
1 Bodø/Glimt (NOR)
2 Nõmme Kalju (EST)
3 Fehérvár (HUN) 

Unseeded
4 Mura (SVN)
5 Kauno Žalgiris (LTU)
6 Bohemian (IRL)

Group 11

Seeded
1 Maccabi Haifa (ISR)
2 Apollon Limassol (CYP)
3 Alashkert (ARM) 

Unseeded
4 Saburtalo (GEO)
5 Željezničar (BIH)
6 Renova (MKD)

Group 12

Seeded
1 Lech Poznań (POL)
2 Partizan (SRB)
3 Ordabasy Shymkent (KAZ) 

Unseeded
4 RFS (LVA)
5 Valmiera (LVA)
6 Botoşani (ROU)

Group 13

Seeded
1 Progrès Niederkorn (LUX)
2 FCSB (ROU)
3 CSKA-Sofia (BUL) 

Unseeded
4 Shirak (ARM)
5 Engordany (AND)/Zeta (MNE)
6 Sirens (MLT)

Group 14

Seeded
1 Universitatea Craiova (ROU)
2 Shkëndija (MKD)
3 Bačka Topola (SRB)
4 Kairat Almaty (KAZ) 

Unseeded
5 Noah (ARM)
6 Sumgayit City (AZE)
7 Petrocub-Hincesti (MDA)
8 Lokomotive Tbilisi (GEO)

Group 15

Seeded
1 APOEL (CYP)
2 Sutjeska (MNE)
3 Beitar Jerusalem (ISR)
4 Santa Coloma (AND)/Iskra Danilovgrad (MNE) 

Unseeded
5 Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL)
6 Borac Banja Luka (BIH)
7 Teuta (ALB)
8 Tre Penne (SMR)/Gjilani (KOS)

How the draw worked

The UEFA administration formed 13 groups of six teams and two groups of eight teams for the draw to avoid clubs without an approved stadium being drawn against each other, in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee. Sides from the same association could not be drawn against each other.

For groups 1 to 13, two bowls were prepared: one containing balls with slips of paper numbered 1 to 3 for the seeded teams and the other containing balls with slips of paper numbered 4 to 6 for the unseeded teams. A ball was taken from each bowl and placed in an empty bowl in the middle, where they were shuffled.

One of the two balls was drawn at random, then the second was drawn to complete the pairing. The process of this draw applied to all 13 groups. The first ball drawn also designated the home team for the single-leg game in all 13 groups.

The procedure for groups 14 and 15 was similar, with one bowl containing balls with slips of paper numbered 1 to 4 for the seeded teams and the other containing balls with slips of paper numbered 5 to 8 for the unseeded teams. The pairings drawn applied to both groups, with the first ball drawn designating the home team.

This season, all qualifying ties will be single-leg matches behind closed doors.

What happens next?

Ties take place on 27 August, with extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required. Winners advance to the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.