Malta stages the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in May 2014 and the path will begin the previous autumn with the qualifying round involving 52 of the 54 entrants.
The draw was made by UEFA Youth and Amateur Committee chairman Jim Boyce and the captain of last season's Germany squad, Pascal Itter, who received the Fair Play prize on his team's behalf.
In all 13 groups were formed and the top two in each section along with the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair will join top seeds Germany in the elite round in spring 2014. Seven teams will emerge from that round do face Malta in the finals.
Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (18-23 October): Belarus, Romania, Finland, Albania*
Group 2 (19-24 October): Italy, Sweden, Ukraine, Lithuania*
Group 3 (22-27 October): Czech Republic, France, Israel*, Liechtenstein
Group 4 (23-28 September): Scotland, Hungary, Slovenia*, Wales
Group 5 (8-13 October): Croatia, Portugal, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina*
Group 6 (1-6 October): Greece, Serbia*, Estonia, Andorra
Group 7 (24-29 October): Republic of Ireland, England, Gibraltar**, Armenia*
Group 8 (25-30 September): Norway, Spain, Cyprus*, Moldova
Group 9 (14-19 November): Northern Ireland*, Turkey, Latvia, Luxembourg
Group 10 (21-26 September): Russia*, Iceland, Slovakia, Azerbaijan
Group 11 (17-22 October): Georgia*, Netherlands, San Marino, Faroe Islands
Group 12 (26 September-1 October): Denmark*, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Austria
Group 13 (17-22 October): Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
**The UEFA Executive Committee admitted Gibraltar as a provisional member of UEFA on 1 October 2012. This follows a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in August 2011. A decision on the admission of the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) as a full member of UEFA will be taken by the XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress in London in May 2013. As per a UEFA Executive Committee decision, Spain and Gibraltar cannot be drawn into the same group.
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