The draws for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League take place this week with Cork City, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Derry City all involved in the European draws.
The draw for the First and Second Qualifying Rounds of the UEFA Champions League takes place on Tuesday, 19th June. Cork City, who are unseeded, will be one of the 34 clubs in the draw. They will draw either Ludogorets Razgrad, Legia Waraw, Malmo FF, Rosenborg BK or HJK Helsinki.
The draw for the First and Second Qualifying Rounds of the UEFA Europa League takes place the following day, Wednesday, 20th June. A total of 94 clubs will be in the First Qualifying Round draw with Dundalk ranked 10th of the 47 seeded clubs. Dundalk will also be seeded in the Second Qualifying Round draw but Derry City and Shamrock Rovers are unseeded.
Possible opponents for Dundalk include the Irish League clubs – Cliftonville, Coleraine and Glenavon and in the Second Qualifying Round draw the Scottish clubs – Aberdeen, Hibernian and Rangers.
First Qualifying Round draw opponents for Derry City and Shamrock Rovers include Rangers, Hibernian, FC Copenhagen, Partizan Belgrade and Molde and for the Second Qualifying Round draw the likes of Sevilla, Burnley, Bordeaux, Besiktas and Atalanta are all possibilities.
The Solidarity Payments for the Clubs in European competition for the new 2018-21 cycle have been increased. Cork City, as champions, are guaranteed a minimum of €800,000 (includes the new UEL pathway) compared to a total of €580,000 for Dundalk last year. Should Cork City get through to the next round that minimum figure would rise to €1.2 million.
The Europa League minimum payment is now €240,000 compared to €215,000 for last season with subsequent rounds worth €260,000, €280,000 and €300,000 compared to €225,000, €235,000 and €245,000 last season.