The road to the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Malta begins in one month's time when the first of the 13 qualifying round groups kick off.
Holders Russia, who clinched the title for the second time in Slovakia last May, stage the first of the groups with an entirely new squad, welcoming last season's finals hosts – who made the semis – as well as Iceland and Azerbaijan. Italy, beaten on penalties in the 2013 decider by Russia, begin on 19 October in Lithuania with a section containing the other side that made the last four, Sweden, and a nation the Azzurrini knocked out in the group stage, Ukraine.
On 24 October, Gibraltar make their U17 debut against the Republic of Ireland in a section also containing England and hosts Armenia. The last group is played between 14 and 19 November in Northern Ireland, involving Turkey, Latvia and Luxembourg.
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 countries will emerge from that round to face Malta in the finals.
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* (holders), 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*
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