Cavan will meet Holders Tyrone and Armagh while Monaghan will meet Donegal and Derry in the round robin stage of the McKenna Cup.
Antrim, Down and Fermanagh complete the draw in Section B with the first round of fixtures taking place on December 29 with fixtures, throw-in times and venues to be decided.
The semi-final stage of the competition will see the Section A’s winners take on the best runner up while the winners from Sections A and B will face off in the other last-four tie.
Queen’s University, St Mary’s University and Ulster University will be absent from the competition after the Sigerson Cup was brought forward to mid-January.
Section A: Monaghan, Donegal, Derry.
Section B: Antrim, Down, Fermanagh.
Section C: Armagh, Tyrone, Cavan.
Sect C Winner v Sect B Winner
Sect A winner v Best Runner-up
Fixtures to be played:
Rd 1 Sun 29 Dec
Rd 2 Sat/Sun 04/05 Jan
Rd 3 Wed 08 Jan
Semi-final Sun 12 Jan
Final Sat 18 Jan