June 18th, 2019

Who will the Irish Premiership teams face in Europe?

The 2018/19 league season is well and truely over, with the teams, players and coaches enjoying their summer holidays.

The first order of the new season will commence later today, when the four Irish Premiership sides will know their fate and who they will face in their European qualifier first round ties.

Premiership Champions Linfield and Irish Cup winners Crusaders are the two big names in the hat for the European draws today. With Linfield competing in the Champions League qualifiers and our partners Crusaders will find out who they will play in the Europa League qualifiers, after beating Ballinamallard in the Irish Cup to secure their spot.

Crusaders could face Welsh outfit Cardiff Met University in the Europa League first qualifying round draw, as well as B36 Torshavn, Inter Turku, KR Reykjavik, Progress Niederkorn, Prishtina and St Josephs.

Linfield will compete in the first qualifying round of the Champions League, and they could come up against League of Ireland side Dundalk. In their side of the draw they can also face New Saints, BATE Borisov, Maribor, Rosenborg and HJK Helsinki.

Ballymena and Cliftonville will also discover who they will meet if they manage to progress from the preliminary round of the Europa League.

Premiership runners-up Ballymena play NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands, while the Reds take on Welsh Premier League side Barry Town United.

The Europa League first qualifying round matches will take place on 11th and 18th July with the first qualifying round of the Champions League on 9/10th and 16/17th of July.