Clubs from across the North West are gearing-up for the annual Asian Image Cup.
It will be the year that two Pendle-based teams are participating in the tournament.
The competition, now in it’s 12th year, will be played over the course of a week during the first week of May.
Eight clubs are participating in the main tournament to take place at Nelson FC. Four teams will battle it out in two play-offs at the Accrington and Rossendale College.
The full draw was held at the Shahi Qila Restaurant in Blackburn and was witnessed by representatives of all participating teams.
It promises to be a real battle for the Asian Image Cup this year.
The tournament will feature some familiar teams and faces but also some new clubs.
Rules changes this year mean that clubs can only play those players who were registered for their sides throughout the season.
Teams will be permitted to sign 22 players for the tournament which this year will take place over a whole week unlike a weekend as in years gone by.
Holders Coppice United will open the tournament and will play one of two new sides – either Bury Town FC or PLCC Bolton. Both these sides are new and will feature in a play-off in the run-up to the main tournament.
In previous years two clubs from Blackburn, Preston, Oldham and Rochdale have featured in individual tournaments.
So it was only fitting that as the cup moves to Nelson this year we have two teams from the Pendle and Burnley area for the first time. Both Life and Paak United play in the Pendle Charity League.
The tie of the round will see Life FC of Nelson take on beaten finalists from 2011 Bolton United. Life have had a relatively good season in their league this year and can chose from both ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides.
Bolton meanwhile celebrated promotion into the premier division and did it in emphatic style...unbeaten so far with three games to go.
Beaten finalists of 2012 Blackburn FC will play the winners of the AFC Preston and Rochdale Asia play-off.
And the final tie sees two time winners Asia take on Paak United. Asia look on paper to have a stronger team this year but home advantage may prove pivotal for Paak.
Play-offs (Games to be played at Accrington & Rossendale College, Broad Oak Road Accrington, BB5 2AW).
Tuesday April 30 (7pm) AFC Preston vs Rochdale Asia.
Wednesday May 1 (7pm) Bury Town FC vs PLCC Bolton.
Games to be played at Victoria Park Stadium, Nelson Football Club, Lomeshaye Way, Nelson BB9 7BN.
Saturday May 4 (3pm) Coppice vs Bury or PLCC Bolton
Saturday May 4 (6pm) Blackburn FC vs AFC Preston or Rochdale Asia
Sunday May 5 (3pm) Life FC vs Bolton United
Sunday May 5 (6pm) Asia FC vs Paak United
Wednesday May 8 (7pm) Game 1 vs Game 2
Thursday May 9 (7pm) Game 3 vs Game 4
Final Saturday May 11 (4pm) Venue to be confirmed.