Under-17 finals draw on Monday: pots

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw is made in Zagreb at 18:00CET on Monday with 15 teams from the elite round challenging hosts Croatia.

Holders Portugal, who failed to qualify, will not defend the trophy at the finals
Holders Portugal, who failed to qualify, will not defend the trophy at the finals ©Sportsfile

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals draw is made at 18:00CET on Monday at the Panorama Zagreb Hotel with the 15 teams that emerged from the elite round challenging hosts Croatia.

The draw
• The eight group winners and the seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their section have joined Croatia in the finals, which will be played at seven venues – five in and around Zagreb, and two near Opatija.

• In the draw, Croatia will be placed in position 1 of Group A while the seven best elite round section winners (counting all results) will go into Pot 1 and be drawn to fill the remaining 1 and 2 positions in the four groups. The remaining teams are drawn from Pot 2 and will fill positions 3 and 4.

Niko Kranjčar will add some star power to the draw
Niko Kranjčar will add some star power to the draw©Getty Images

• The draw will be conducted by Lance Kelly, Head of UEFA National Team Competitions, and tournament ambassador Niko Kranjčar.

Position 1, Group A: Croatia (hosts)

Pot 1: Germany, England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, France, Spain

Pot 2: Hungary*, Turkey, Italy, Serbia, Ukraine, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands

*Eighth best group winner

Calendar
Group stage: 3/4, 6/7, 9/10 May (Stadium Zaprešić, Stadium Lučko, Stadium Velika Gorica, Stadium Sesvete, Stadium Varaždin, Stadium Rujevica, Stadium Kostrena)
Quarter-finals: 12/13 May (Stadium Zaprešić, Stadium Velika Gorica, Stadium Varaždin)
FIFA U-17 World Cup play-off: 16 May (Stadium Sesvete)
Semi-finals: 16 May (Stadium Zaprešić, Stadium Varaždin)
Final: 19 May (Stadium Varaždin)

Key facts
• The Faroe Islands have qualified for the finals of a UEFA tournament for the first time. 

England are one of four nations eyeing a third title
England are one of four nations eyeing a third title©Fedja Krvavac

• Norway have also qualified for the first time, meaning that 40 of UEFA's 55 member countries will have been represented in at least one of the 16 U17 final tournaments.

• Holders Portugal were eliminated in the elite round as the eighth runner-up.

• England, France, Spain and the Netherlands are all going for a record third U17 title.

• England have qualified for the 12th time in 16 final tournaments, one occasion more than France, the Netherlands and Spain.

• The final tournament will also act as European qualifier for UEFA's five berths at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, running from 6 to 28 October.

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