- Monday June 22nd, 2009 @ 10:41
2009 UEFA Europa League
One of European football's most historic competitions is being given a total makeover in 2009 following a decision from the UEFA Executive Committee in November 2007.
The UEFA Cup, launched for the 1971/72 season, is to become the UEFA Europa League from the beginning of the 2009/10 campaign as work continues to enhance the image and profile of European club football's second club competition.
There will be three qualifying rounds and a play-off round before the competition enters the group stages which will comprise of 12 groups of four teams.
Due to our success in last year's campaign, St Patrick's Athletic have received a bye in the first qualifying round and will be entered directly into the second qualifying round.
The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds will take place today, Monday 22nd June. All dates and kick-off times of ties are subject to official confirmation by UEFA.
For further information on the draw format and participants in this years' competition please check www.uefa.com