Qualifying for the UEFA Regions’ Cup, Europe’s top competition for amateur players, is in progress with eight teams eventually to reach next June’s finals.
Zagreb of Croatia won the 2016/17 edition and were 2014/15 runners-up but have been beaten to the finals by Ligue de Normandie. Meanwhile the Irish representatives, who won in 2015 but lost in the 2017 final, missed out behind West Slovakia.
How it works
- In all cases national qualifiers are held to decide the representatives for each association. San Marino enter their national amateur team rather than a regional selection.
- In the three preliminary round groups played in June and July, the teams finishing first and the two best runners-up progressed to the intermediate round.
- The winners of the eight intermediate round groups, played as mini-tournaments, will compete in the finals next June, hosted by one of the qualifiers.
Qualified for finals: Hradec Králové (CZE), Ligue de Normandie (FRA), West Slovakia (SVK)
Preliminary round (complete)
Through: Amateurs FYR Macedonia (MKD), South Wales (WAL)
Through: Buzău (ROU)
Through: Nevėžis (LTU), Ironi Tiberias (ISR)
• Group winners and two best runners-up progressed to the intermediate round.
Group 1 (18–24 October): Russia (team tbc), Northern Ireland (team tbc)*, Braga (POR), Amateurs FYR Macedonia (MKD)
Group 2 (complete)
Qualified: West Slovakia (SVK)
Group 3 (complete)
Qualified: Ligue de Normandie (FRA)
Group 4 (4–10 October): Istanbul (TUR), West Region (BUL)*, Energetik-BSATU (BLR), South Wales (WAL)
Group 5 (27 September–3 October): Bavaria (GER)*, FA of Vojvodina (SRB), Gozo Region (MLT), Ironi Tiberias (ISR)
Group 6 (2–8 October): Castilla y León (ESP), Lviv Region (UKR)*, UGUR (AZE), West District (FIN)
Group 7 (complete):
Qualified: Hradec Králové (CZE)
Group 8 (9–15 October): Toscana (ITA)*, Dolnośląski (POL), Vaud (SUI), Ialoveni (MDA)