Motherwell will soon be able to start planning their Europa Conference League adventure this summer.
The Steelmen and their fans are looking forward to the new season which will start in the second qualifying round of UEFA’s new competition.
It was achieved through a fifth-place finish in last season’s Premiership campaign, with news also starting next month.
But all eyes are on Europe at the moment as crowds in Fir Park prepare to welcome the return of continental football to ML1 for the first time since 2020, and a first in front of fans in eight years.
Here’s everything you need to know about what might be in store for Motherwell in the Europa Conference League.
When are the matches?
Motherwell’s campaign kicks off on July 21 with the second leg a week later on July 28.
When is the draw?
It takes place on Wednesday June 15, a day after the draw for the first qualifying round of the competition.
They will already know their potential third-round opponents when the action begins, with that draw taking place on July 18.
Where to watch the draw?
No information on this is currently available, but most UEFA draws for this competition are regularly broadcast via the dedicated Europa Conference League section of their website.
Who is a favorable tie?
Graham Alexander’s men are the top seeds for this round, but he is keen to point out that there are still potentially tough missions ahead of his team.
That said, there are some in the unranked section who could put Motherwell as a favorite to reach the third round.
Racing Union of Luxembourg have never been to a second qualifying round tie before and lost all three of their first round qualifiers in European competitions by an aggregate score of 17-3.
FK Makedonija Gjorce Petrov, KF Vllaznia Shkodër and St Patrick’s Athletic have the lowest club coefficient rankings of any “Good can land” team.
There are also potential trips to Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands depending on how the first round qualifiers go.
Who is a tricky tie?
The cliché every game is a difficult trope could be applied, but there are potentially noticeably tougher tasks to offer Motherwell.
AIK are currently second in the Swedish top flight after seven wins in their first 11 matches, and that would be a tough task for Alexander’s side.
Lillestrom, meanwhile, currently leads the Norwegian Eliteserien and would be another strong opponent. Viking, two places behind them, is the unranked team with the highest coefficient ranking.
Then there’s Turkey’s Konyaspor after finishing third in the Super Lig and three of the Polish top four are also potential landing spots.
Win in either of those scenarios though, and the Fir Park club could potentially host big European clubs like Anderlecht, Basel and AZ Alkmaar in ML1.