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European competition start dates confirmed by UEFA


SSE Airtricity League Champions Dundalk are set to begin their UEFA Champions League campaign on August 18/19.

In a press conference at UEFA HQ in Nyon earlier today, UEFA confirmed the dates for the qualifying round stage of the competition as well as the dates for the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Champions Dundalk will begin their UEFA Champions League campaign in the first qualifying round which will take place on August 18/19.

Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians and Derry City will begin their Europa League campaign on August 27 in the first qualifying round. UEFA also confirmed that the qualifying rounds of the two competitions will be played in single legs, with the exception of the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Women’s National League Champions Peamount United are set to begin their European campaign in the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round mini-tournaments, played between October 7 and 13. The draw for the qualifying groups will take place in the first week of September.

UEFA Champions League 2020/21
Preliminary round: 8 and 11 August
First qualifying round: 18/19 August
Second qualifying round: 25/26 August
Third qualifying round: 15/16 September
Play-offs: 22/23 and 29/30 September
Group stage: 20/21 and 27/28 October, 3/4 and 24/25 November, 1/2 and 8/9 December

UEFA Europa League 2020/21
Preliminary round: 20 August
First qualifying round: 27 August
Second qualifying round: 17 September
Third qualifying round: 24 September
Play-offs: 1 October
Group stage: 22 and 29 October, 5 and 26 November, 3 and 10 December

UEFA Women’s Champions League 2020/21
Qualifying round mini-tournament: 7 and 13 October

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