On Friday June 22, at UEFA headquarters in Geneva in Switzerland, Linfield Ladies will discover the outcome of the UEFA Women’s Champions League draw.
The Women's UEFA Champions League takes the form of a group of 4 - with each of the teams playing each other in 3 group games over the course of a week in one host city (with two stadiums).
In Linfield’s historic first ever participation in the Women’s UEFA Champions League last season the club hosted hugely memorable games against PK-35 Vantaa of Finland, KKYK Medyk Konin of Poland and Shelbourne of Dublin.
Yesterday, Linfield learned that the club had again been successful in its application to host one of the 10 groups of 4 taking place across Europe in August.
Linfield earned the right to be one of the 10 host clubs on the back of strong reviews following our hosting of a highly successful tournament last August. In addition to Linfield and Glasgow City as host clubs in Western Europe, all the other host clubs are in Eastern Europe - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.
Linfield will play group games at Solitude or Seaview on August 7, 10 and 13 and the support of Linfield fans will be greatly appreciated and needed.
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As second time entrants / participants, Linfield are a 4th ranked team in their group, so who will be the other teams that will make up the group that will take place here in Belfast?
All will be revealed at the draw in Switzerland on Friday June 22 but excitement is beginning to mount at the prospect of Linfield possibly welcoming world famous clubs of the stature of Anderlecht, Ajax Amsterdam, FC Basel, Austria Vienna and Sporting Lisbon to Northern Ireland.
Closer to home, Cardiff Met Ladies FC or Wexford Youths Womens FC are possible opponents for the Danske Bank NIFL Premier League champions and current league leaders.
What is certain is that Linfield will host and welcome one team from each of the following 3 groups of higher ranked teams.
The three teams that come out of the hat to face Linfield will all spend a week in Northern Ireland between August 6 and 14 - with only the group winners assured of a place in the subsequent round of the UEFA Champions League.
Linfieldfc.com will provide full details of the outcome of the draw on Friday June 22.
One opponent from the following 3rd rank teams
Alasehir Belediyespor - Turkey
Anderlecht - Belgium
Sporting Club - Portugal
Cardiff Met Ladies FC - Wales
Wexford Youths FC - Republic of Ireland
FC Pandor Qiryat Gat - Israel
KS Vllaznia - Albania
FC Honka - Finland
Akadimia Elpides Karditsas - Greece
One opponent from the following 2nd rank teams
FC Basel - Switzerland
Thor / KA - Iceland
SG USC Landhaus Austria Wien - Austria
Parnu Jalgpalliklubi - Estonia
GKS Gornik Leczna - Poland
FC NSA Sofia - Bulgaria
Somatio Barcelona FA - Cyprus
One opponent from the following top rank teams
SK Slavia Praha - Czech Republic
FC BIIK - Kazygurt - Kazakhstan
ZFK Spartak Subotica - Serbia
Olimpia Cluj Napoca - Romania
FC Minsk - Belorussia
Avaldsnes - Norway
AFC Ajax - Netherlands
What an unforgettable experience this promises to be for our League Champion Linfield team as we welcome three leading European teams to Belfast in August.