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Elite round draw could be tough for Netherlands

Published: Monday 21 November 2011, 13.00CET
Holders the Netherlands are in Pot B for the elite round draw at 11.00CET on 29 November, streamed live on UEFA.com, and could be rematched with last season's runners-up Germany.
Elite round draw could be tough for Netherlands
The Netherlands' 1-0 loss to England in the qualifying round cost them a chance of top seeding ©Fedja Krvavac
Published: Monday 21 November 2011, 13.00CET

Elite round draw could be tough for Netherlands

Holders the Netherlands are in Pot B for the elite round draw at 11.00CET on 29 November, streamed live on UEFA.com, and could be rematched with last season's runners-up Germany.

The seedings have been announced for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round draw at 11.00CET on 29 November, streamed live from Nyon on UEFA.com, and holders the Netherlands could face a final rematch with Germany.

Following the qualifying round which ended earlier this month, 28 teams have progressed to compete in the second stage next spring. They have been split into four seeding pots according to their coefficient, and having dropped three points in the qualifying round, the Netherlands are in Pot B, with Pot A containing, among others, former champions Germany, France and Spain. Pot D includes Lithuania, in the elite round for the first time.

In the draw, made by UEFA Youth and Amateur Committee chairman Jim Boyce and the captain of last season's Netherlands squad, Daan Disveld – who will receive the Fair Play prize on his team's behalf – seven groups will be formed, each containing one team from the four seeding pots, though no nation may meet opponents they played in the qualifying round. The hosts will then be selected for each mini-tournament, and only the group winners will progress to join hosts Slovenia in the finals from 4 to 16 May.

Draw procedure

Pot A: France, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Denmark, Serbia, Germany

Pot B: England, Sweden, Scotland, Russia, Portugal, Belarus, Netherlands (holders)

Pot C: Poland, Italy, Belgium, Georgia, Iceland, Turkey, Republic of Ireland

Pot D: Switzerland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Albania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Wales

Last updated: 21/11/11 18.05CET

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