Twelve clubs have entered this year, with four first round ties. Holders Cheltenham play the winners of Wrest Park and Hurlingham, Medway meet Guildford or Bowdon, Colchester meet Bristol or Sussex and Surbiton play Roehampton or Nottingham.
Nineteen clubs have entered this year, so the regional draw is again in two sections. Holders Bristol meet Norwich in the Second Round. Three First Round ties are between Nottingham and Dyffryn (winners play Wrest Park), Surbiton and Hurlingham (winners play Woking), and Colchester against Parsons Green (winners play Sussex County). Remaining Second Round ties are Pendle v Bowdon, Cheltenham v Southport, Medway v Newport and Roehampton v Parkstone.
Holders Tyneside join the nine qualifiers from the Federations to compete for the Shield. Middlesbrough play Stourbridge and Nottingham play Nailsea in the First Round, the winners meeting in the Quarter-Finals. Caterham meet Colchester in the other Quarter in the top half, with Pendle v Tyneside and Aldermaston v Huddersfield completing the draw.
Entries have been put into four sections to keep the draw reasonably regional, with one or two clubs in different areas from last year. The sequence of sections in the draw was itself drawn, with West and Wales, East, North and South being the result. Of the 39 entries, holders Nottingham play Beverley, and runners-up Watford play Norwich. Last year's semi-finalists Parkstone play Kington Langley, and Sussex County have a First Round match against Cheltenham.