THE newly-formed Europa Conference League get into full swing in September when the group stages get under way but before all that, there is still the small matter of the qualification process to contend with.

Aberdeen and Hibernian will be the Scottish representatives in the inagural edition of the tournament and both clubs will harbor ambitions of securing group stage football.

To do that, though, they'll need to progress through the initial rounds of the competition when the qualifiers kick off next month.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming draw.

When is it taking place?

The draw will be getting under way at 12:30 (UK time) on Wednesday 16 June and will be broadcast live from UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Can I watch it?

Yes. UEFA will be streaming the draw via their YouTube channel and on their website.

Who could Hibs and Aberdeen face?

Well, that's quite a list. There are two sections in the draw - a champions' path and a main path - but Scotland's two representatives only need to worry about the latter.

Both Aberdeen and Hibs are seeded for the draw that includes 90 clubs in total - 33 that will have progressed from the first qualifying round, and 57 that enter the tournament at this stage - and can be paired with any of the 45 unseeded teams.

Clubs from countries with low club coefficients like Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Gibraltar, Iceland, Malta, Lithuania and Wales make up a large chunk of those progressing from the first round of qualifying, and teams from Bulgaria, Poland and Serbia (amongst others) will enter in the second.

When are the games going to be played?

The first legs will be played on Thursday 22 July with the return fixtures scheduled to go ahead the following week.