When is the Irish Cup draw? Date, time and live stream info

It’s the draw all eyes will be on – the stage when the big guns enter the fray.

The Irish Cup first round draw will be made this Thursday, December 2.

All the Premiership and Championship clubs will be included, alongside eight qualifiers who made it through the preliminary stages of the blue riband competition.

There will be no all-singing and all-dancing draw made from Windsor Park this year due to ongoing Covid concerns.

But teams, players and fans will be able to watch the draw live.

Here’s all the info…

When is the draw for the Irish Cup first round?

The draw is being made on Thursday, December 2.

What time will it start?

The draw will kick-off at around 12.30pm.

What teams are in the draw?

The draw will include all 24 teams from the NIFL Premiership and Championship, and eight clubs who made it through the qualifying rounds.

So who qualified?

The eight qualifying teams are:

  1. Ards Rangers
  2. Bangor
  3. Islandmagee
  4. Limavady Utd
  5. Portstewart
  6. Newington
  7. Oxford Sunnyside
  8. Windmill Stars

New sponsor

There will be a new brand name associated with the trophy for the main stages of the Irish Cup.

From the first round this season the competition will now be called the Samuel Gelston’s Whiskey Irish Cup.

Who are they?

According to the Irish FA: “Founded in Belfast in 1830, award-winning Samuel Gelston’s produces some of the finest malt, pot still and blended Irish whiskeys available, and this sponsorship heralds an exciting era in a rich history that will next year see a new Samuel Gelston’s Distillery in Northern Ireland.”

How can I watch it?

The draw is set to be streamed live on the Irish FA’s YouTube channel, and the association’s related social media platforms, at 12.30pm on Thursday.

Any other coverage?

If you can’t catch the stream, Belfast Live will be live blogging the draw and all the reaction.

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