All matches in the qualifying stage are played in the form of four team mini-tournaments hosted by one of the participating clubs.
Each team plays each of the other teams in the group once, with three points awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a defeat.
A draw is conducted to determine the groups for the preliminary and main rounds.
Depending on the number of entries, each group winner and one or more runners-up of the preliminary round qualify for path B of the main round.
The winners, runners-up and third-placed teams in the mini-tournaments in path A and the winners of the mini-tournaments in path B qualify for the elite round (16 teams in total).
A draw is conducted shortly after the main round to divide the 16 teams that qualify for the elite round into four groups of four teams.
The winners and runners-up of the mini-tournaments in path A of the main round are seeded for the purposes of the elite round draw (the winners are drawn into position 1 in their respective groups and the runners-up into position 2). The winners and runners-up of the same main round mini-tournament should not be drawn into the same elite round group.
The winner of each elite round mini-tournament qualifies for the finals.
The procedures for each draw are prepared by the UEFA administration and sent to the participating clubs in due time.