Futsal champions Valletta were drawn with Sievi Futsal of Finland, Tbilisi State University of Georgia and Wattcell Futsal Club of Scotland in the UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round which will be played in mid-August. The draws were held on Thursday.
Valletta, Tbilisi State University and Wattcell are all taking part in the competition for the first time. Sievi will be hosting the mini-tournament.
Positive results obtained by Hibernians in 2013, Balzan in 2014 and St. Andrews last year meant that Valletta were not among the bottom seeds.
Preliminary round draw (16–21 August)
Group A: APOEL Nicosia (CYP), JB Futsal Gentofte (DEN), ASUE Yerevan (ARM)*, AFM Futsal Maniacs (SUI)
Group B: Athina ’90 (GRE), Blue Magic FC Dublin (IRL), Military Futsal Team (MNE)*, Tre Fiori (SMR)
Group C: Hamburg Panthers (GER), Sandefjord (NOR), Classic Chisinau (MDA)*, Cardiff University Futsal Club (WAL)
Group D: Centar Sarajevo (BIH), Istanbul Üniversity SK (TUR), Lynx FC (GIB), FC Baltija (LTU)*
Group E: Amsterdam SV (NED), IFK Göteberg (SWE), SC Kaiserebersdorf (AUT)*, FC Cosmos (EST)
Group F: Sievi Futsal (FIN)*, Tbilisi State University (GEO), Valletta FC (MLT), Wattcell Futsal Club (SCO)
Group G: Brezje Maribor (SVN)*, Zduńska Wola (POL), KF Tirana (ALB), Munsbach (LUX)
Group H: Oxford City Lions (ENG), FC Encamp (AND)*, ASA Tel-Aviv (ISR), FC Feniks (KOS)
The eight group winners join the 16 teams given byes to the main round.
Main round draw (11–16 October)
Group 1: ETO Győr (HUN), Kremlin-Bicêtre United (FRA), Energy Lviv (UKR)*, Winner preliminary round Group G
Group 2: Araz Naxçıvan (AZE), Zelezarec Skopje (MKD)*, Winner preliminary round Group H, Winner preliminary round Group F
Group 3: Nikars Riga (LVA), Grand Pro Varna (BUL)*, Winner preliminary round Group C, Winner preliminary round Group E
Group 4: Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB)*, LSN Lida (BLR), Nacional Zagreb (CRO), Winner preliminary round Group B
Group 5: Sporting CP (POR), Halle-Gooik (BEL), Real Rieti (ITA)*, Winner preliminary round Group D
Group 6: EP Chrudim (CZE)*, City’US Târgu Mureş (ROU), Pinerola Bratislava (SVK), Winner preliminary round Group A