The first draw is at 14:00CET on Thursday 4 July with the finals in April 2020.
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Preliminary & main round draw: 14:00CET, 4 July
Preliminary round: 27 August–1 September
Main round: 8–13 October
Elite round draw: 14:00CET, 18 October
Elite round: 19–24 November
Finals draw: tbc
Finals: 23 or 24 & 25 or 26 April
Preliminary round (27 August to 1 September)
• The lowest-ranked teams enter in this round (the exact number determined by the level of entries)
• Teams will be drawn into groups of four and possibly three (with seeding based on coefficient and teams selected in advance as hosts, drawn separately), with group winners and possibly the best runners-up progressing to the main round.
Main round (8 to 13 October)
• Holders Sporting CP, the next 11 top-ranked clubs and the teams ranked 16th to 19th will be involved in this path.
• As in the previous draw, sides will be allocated one of four seeding positions and four clubs have been designated as hosts and will be drawn separately, while maintaining their seeding positions. There is no country protection with other restrictions confirmed ahead of the draw.
• The top three teams in each of the four groups progress to the elite round.
• The teams ranked 12th to 15th and 20th to 22nd or 23rd (depending on the number of entries) will be joined by the preliminary round qualifiers.
• As in the previous draw, sides will be allocated one of four seeding positions and four clubs have been designated as hosts and will be drawn separately, while maintaining their seeding positions; and other arrangements will be decided ahead of the draw.
• The winners of each of the four groups progress to the elite round.
• The 16 clubs will compete in four groups of four, drawn on 18 October with seedings confirmed ahead of the draw.
• The four group winners from 19 to 24 November will progress to the final tournament
• The final tournament is a one-venue knockout tournament played on 23 or 24 and 25 or 26 April.