Connah's Quay Nomads can today confirm that the club will be entering the UEFA Europa League at the First Qualiying Round stage.
Following a restructure to the competition, it was believed that all Welsh teams would be entering a new preliminary round alongside teams from Malta, Lithuania, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, San Marino, Andorra and Kosovo.
Due to domestic results in England, Spain and France, the knock on effect has seen a free space open up in Qualifying Round Three (QR3). With Cup Winners taking precedence in the Europa League, this meant that the Cup Winner of the 18th country on the ranking list (Denmark) would be advanced to QR3, the Cup Winner of the 25th country (Norway) would be advanced to QR2 and the winners of the cups for countries ranking 50th and 51st (Wales and Faroe Islands) would automatically be advanced to QR1.
As a result, Connah's Quay Nomads will now await their opposition from the draw at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday 19th June while the other Welsh contingent, Bala Town and Cefn Druids will find out their opponents in the Preliminary Round this week.
The Nomads enter the competition as an unseeded side. Some of the more well-known, seeded sides in the competition who The Nomads could be drawn against include Danish giants, FC Copenhagen, Norwegian Side FK Molde who are managed by Manchester United legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Steven Gerrard's new side, Rangers.
This is the same stage at which The Nomads have entered the UEFA Europa League for the past two seasons where we have achieved some very credible results including a 1-0 aggregate victory over Norwegian side Stabæk as well as a 1-0 first leg victory over Finnish giants, HJK Helsinki.