The Republic of Ireland will compete in group four of the 2014/15 UEFA Regions Cup.
A selection of Ireland’s finest players never to have featured at any professional level will face Hungary, Lithuania and Israel in the Intermediate Round next October.
Ireland finished runners up in the competition in 2011, yet failed to qualify in 2013. The International select, however go into this tournament with on the back of the confidence boosting Quadrangular Cup win in Limerick.
Now in its ninth edition, the UEFA Regions’ Cup is for players who have never featured at any professional level, and is contested by the amateur regional champions from the competing associations – or by a national selection in the case of smaller associations.
The eight lowest-ranked nations according to the UEFA Regions’ Cup coefficients will begin in the preliminary round, with the two mini-tournaments to be completed by 31 July 2014. The representatives of Wales, Estonia, Kazakhstan and Sweden are in one section, and the other will involve teams from Slovenia, Greece, San Marino and Scotland.
Both preliminary group winners will join the remaining 30 contenders in the intermediate round, for which eight groups have been formed, to be concluded by December 15, 2014.
The eight intermediate round section winners will qualify for the final tournament, provisionally scheduled for the last two weeks of June 2015.
The hosts will be decided by the end of December 2014 from among those qualifying associations that indicate an interest.
Preliminary round draw
Wales, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Sweden
Slovenia, Greece, San Marino, Scotland Intermediate round draw
Azerbaijan, Croatia, Latvia, Winner preliminary round Group A
Germany, Slovakia, England, Winner preliminary round Group B \
Serbia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Czech Republic
Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Lithuania, Israel
Ukraine, Spain, Northern Ireland, Moldova
Turkey, Russia, Malta, Finland
Group 7: Italy, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus
Group 8: Romania, Poland, France, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia