Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 will be seeded in the draw for the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign, which will take place on 9 August.

The Royal Blues' strong showings on the European stage in recent seasons were crucial to the decision, as their amassed points total in the coefficient ranking system worked in their favour, meaning they cannot now be drawn against fellow continental giants FC Arsenal or AC Milan.

The two-legged play-off matches will be played on 20/21 August, with the return fixture a week later on 27/28 August. The winner will earn a place in the group stage of the competition proper.