Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Arsenal Women to play Linkoping in UWCL preliminary round

Arsenal will play Linkoping of Sweden in their UWCL first round tie to qualify for the Champions League group stage. If they defeat the Swedish side, they will play the winners of Paris FC (not to be confused with PSG) v FC Kryvbas of Ukraine in the final of the League Path qualifiers.

The Linkoping tie will be played on September 6 with the following tie to be played September 9. All of the matches will be hosted by one of the teams in the group, Arsenal are unlikely to be able to host because Boreham Wood’s fixtures are not yet known for next season so they would not currently be able to commit to using Meadow Park.

The political situation in Ukraine makes Kryvbas an unlikely host so the games will almost certainly be held at either Linkoping or in Paris. Even if Arsenal lose to Linkoping, they will play a third place playoff game against the losers of Paris FC v Kryvbas.

Arsenal are in qualifying round one because they finished 3rd in the WSL last season, if they come through these matches then they will progress to the final playoff round in October which involves a two-legged tie. Only four clubs qualify for the group stages outright.

Update: the matches will be played in Linkoping.

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Pär

Yes! I live in Linköping.

PeSt

Me to! My son will be thrilled as well!

Lamzo

What are our chances against them?

PeSt

They’re not as good as when Stina and Frida played here. It should be a blow out. Maybe 5-0 or something along those lines.

Stonks

What is the purpose of playing/winning the third place playoff?

Stonks

Oh I see. I thought there was a possibility to still qualify for the next elimination round of the WCL by winning the third place playoffs.

Fun Gunner

Good to know. I hope we have some fit players after the World Cup..

Tim

And I lived in Kryvyi Rih where Kryvbas is from. They have played domestic games there, but at least all men’s UEFA games have been played outside the country.

Sam Nygren

I dare not hope that the venue for the mini-tournament will be Linköping, as this would be the first time I would be able to watch them live. But fingers crossed! 🤞

Peter Story Teller

Provided our team returns from the World Cup unscathed you have got to fancy our chances of progressing with this draw given we only narrowly missed out on the final last season with half the girls missing!

Chrishgooner

With AFC undoubted commitment to AWFC. Is it possible that this mini tournament could be hosted at Emirates?

shokim

Hopefully our home tie can be played at The Emirates, in order to garner more support.

Chrishgooner

The “mini tournament” 1st qualifying round games will all be at the same venue. It seems this will be in Linkoping.

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