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Vixens In Europe

For the second time in the Club’s history, Bristol Academy will be competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League tournament. Having been named as a seeded team, the Vixens will miss the likes of 2013 finalists Olympique Lyonnais, and the 2013 and 2014 champions VFL Wolfsburg.

The draw will be made on Friday August 22nd at 1.30pm with Bristol playing the first leg away on either the 8th or 9th of October and their home leg on 16th October at Ashton Gate, 7.30pm KO.

Vixens manager Dave Edmondson said: “The draw is obviously an exciting prospect with some big names and some interesting places as possible opponents. Whoever we draw, the European Champions League is a great opportunity for the club to perform on the international stage.”

Many of the current squad were involved in the Champions League campaign in 2012 where the Vixens were knocked out of the Round of 32 by Russian side FC Energy Voronezh, including Captain Jemma Rose who said “Myself and all the girls are very excited for the WCL draw this Friday as we have been waiting a long time for our campaign to begin. Regardless of the team we draw, it’s about showing that our quality within the squad is good enough to win over two legs and progress to the round of 16.”

FAWSL reigning champions Liverpool are not a seeded team due to having a lower coefficient than the Vixens, but Bristol cannot draw a team from the same association in the round of 32.

The Vixens could face anyone of the following teams:

-       Stabaek Football (Norway)

-       Apollon Ladies FC (Cyprus)

-       MTK Hungaria FC (Hungary)

-       FC Ryazan (Russia)

-       FC BIIK-Kazygurt (Kazakhstan)

-       ACF Brescia Femminile (Italy)

-       FC Twente ‘65 (Holland)

-       SK Slavia Praha (Czech Republic)

-       Stjarnan (Iceland)

-       ZNK Osijek (Croatia)

-       WFC Pomurje (Slovenia)

-       KKPK Medyk Konin (Poland)

-       Gintra Universitetas (Lithuania)

-       Clube Atletico Ouriense (Portugal)

-       Raheny United FC (Ireland)

Ticket prices and packages will be confirmed next week following the draw.