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Germany's title up for grabs

Published: Monday 28 July 2008, 1.07CET
The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship kicks off with the first qualifying round as 40 nations chase four places in next year's finals in Switzerland.
Germany's title up for grabs
Forty teams will again compete for four finals places ©Sportsfile
Published: Monday 28 July 2008, 1.07CET

Germany's title up for grabs

The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship kicks off with the first qualifying round as 40 nations chase four places in next year's finals in Switzerland.

The second UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship kicks off with the first qualifying round mini-tournaments from 13 September as 40 nations chase four places in next year's finals in Switzerland.

Competition
As for the inaugural competition, won in May by Germany, UEFA will act as final tournament host at the Colovray Stadium in its hometown of Nyon, so no nation gains automatic entry. Instead all the entrants will aim to reach the second qualifying round by finishing top of their group, with six additional places awarded to the runners-up with the best record against the teams ending first and third in their section. Those 16 teams will be drawn into four second qualifying round groups on 19 November, with matches played in spring to decide the eventual semi-finalists, following in the footsteps of 2007/08 contenders Germany, France, Denmark and England.

2008/09 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship
First qualifying round
Hosts in bold
Group 1 (14-19 October)
Group 2 (7-12 October)
BelgiumItaly
DenmarkFrance
KazakhstanAzerbaijan
GeorgiaIceland
Group 3 (23-28 October)Group 4 (13-18 September)
HungaryPoland
UkraineCzech Republic
MoldovaF.Y.R. Macedonia
LithuaniaLatvia
Group 5 (18-23 October)Group 6 (16-21 September)
Republic of IrelandFinland
NetherlandsGermany (holders)
TurkeyBulgaria
Faroe IslandsSerbia
Group 7 (15-20 October)Group 8 (18-23 October)
RussiaSwitzerland
SwedenScotland
SloveniaBelarus
ArmeniaIsrael
Group 9 (21-26 October)Group 10 (19-24 September)
WalesNorway
SpainEngland
RomaniaEstonia
CroatiaGreece
Last updated: 29/07/08 15.29CET

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