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There will be a Merseyside derby in the first round of the new look FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup.
The competition has reverted to a straight knockout tournament instead of the regional group stage format which was deployed last season. It will be the first time the competition has run on this basis since its inaugural season in 2011.
The draw for the first round was seeded, based on last season's league placings, while the bottom five teams in 2015, plus Sheffield FC, have to come through a Preliminary Round. Last season's top eight clubs were all deliberately drawn away from home and Liverpool will make the short journey to take on Merseyside rivals Everton in the standout tie of the First Round.
Arsenal, who won last year's competition, will travel to Reading FC Women for their first round tie, while 2014 winners Manchester City will face Aston Villa. FA WSL newcomers Sheffield will host Durham Women in one of the three Preliminary Round ties.
The Preliminary Round ties will take place over the weekend of Saturday 7th May and the first round ties have been scheduled for Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July.
Both draws were made by young fans at Manchester City's Academy Stadium ahead of the Citizens' 2-0 win over Arsenal - Gunners supporter Katie, 11, and City fan Poppy, 4.
Preliminary Round draw:
Sheffield FC v Durham Women
Oxford Utd v Millwall Lionesses
Watford v London Bees
First Round draw:
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Sunderland
Yeovil Town v Notts County
Oxford Utd or Millwall Lionesses v Birmingham City
Everton v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Reading FC Women v Arsenal
Watford or London Bees v Chelsea
Sheffield FC or Durham Women v Bristol City
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