Chelsea FC Women will begin their 2018/2019 UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign with a last 32 tie against Bosnian outfit SFK 2000 Sarajevo.
The Blues reached the semi-finals of the competition for the very first time last season before being beaten by eventual runners-up VfL Wolfsburg over two legs.
Emma Hayes’ side will again begin their European adventure at the last 32 stage with the FA Women’s Super League champions facing a trip to Bosnia. The Blues will face SFK 2000 Sarajevo away from home on 12/13 September before hosting the Bosnian side at Kingsmeadow a fortnight later.
SFK 2000 Sarajevo have had to play three games in qualifying for the last 32 stage of the competition. The Bosnian side beat both Albanian side Vllaznia and Moldovan outfit SS Anenii Noi 5-0 in Zenica before coming from behind to defeat Estonian club Parnu 2-1 in their final qualifying match earlier this week.
French club Olympique Lyonnais Feminin are the current UEFA Women’s Champions League holders after beating VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 in extra time in last season’s final. The 16-time French Division 1 winners have won the trophy on five separate occasions, a competition record.
This season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final will take place at the Ferencvaros Stadium in Budapest, Hungary in May.