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2016/17 Under-17 qualifying round draw

The 2016/17 qualifying round involves 52 of the 53 nations aiming to join hosts Croatia in the 16-team finals.
 

2016/17 Under-17 qualifying round draw

The 2016/17 qualifying round involves 52 of the 53 nations aiming to join hosts Croatia in the 16-team finals.

Group 1 (23-28 September): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Moldova*, Latvia

Group 2 (15-20 October): Republic of Ireland, Greece, Kazakhstan, Andorra*

Group 3 (21-26 October): Switzerland, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg*

Group 4 (26-31 October): Serbia, Italy*, Albania, FYR Macedonia

Group 5 (20-25 October): Slovenia*, France, Montenegro, Estonia

Group 6 (25-30 October): England, Austria, Romania*, Azerbaijan

Group 7 (28 September-3 October): Hungary*, Netherlands, Denmark, Liechtenstein

Group 8 (28 September-3 October): Georgia, Sweden, Finland*, Bulgaria

Group 9 (19-24 September): Spain, Slovakia, San Marino, Northern Ireland*

Group 10 (16-21 September): Scotland, Portugal*, Wales, Malta

Group 11 (26-31 October): Belarus, Belgium, Gibraltar, Cyprus*

Group 12 (1-6 November): Poland, Israel*, Iceland, Armenia

Group 13 (23-28 September): Ukraine, Norway, Turkey, Lithuania*

*hosts

Bye to elite round: Germany

Bye to final tournament: Croatia (hosts)

09.00CET, 3 December, Nyon

A total of 15 nations will join hosts Croatia in the final tournament in May 2017. But before that the entrants compete next autumn for 31 elite round places. Top seeds Germany have been given a bye to the elite round while the remaining entrants will be in one of two pots of 26 teams each according to their coefficient.

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In all 13 groups will be formed, all containing two teams from each of the seeding pots, with the hosts appointed after the draw and games to be played next autumn by 20 November 2016. The top two in every group along with the five third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair will join Germany in the elite round in spring 2017.

From that round, the eight group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool will join Croatia in May 2017's finals. The final tournament will also act as the European qualifier for UEFA's five berths in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India running from 19 August to 10 September.

FULL DRAW PROCEDURE & COEFFICIENTS

Seeding pots
Pot A:
England, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Russia*, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain*, Poland, Scotland, Serbia, Switzerland, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Ukraine*, Sweden, Norway, Georgia, Greece, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Israel, Slovakia

Pot B: Turkey, Iceland, Bulgaria, Romania, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Wales, Albania, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Moldova, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan*, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Armenia*, Lithuania, Montenegro, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar*, Malta, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan

*Based on previous decisions of the UEFA Executive Committee and UEFA Emergency Panel, Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn in the same group. The same applies to Spain and Gibraltar, and Armenia and Azerbaijan

Bye to elite round: Germany

Bye to final tournament: Croatia (hosts)

http://www.uefa.com/under17/draws/index.html#201617+under+qualifying+round+draw

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the five third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.

Elite round
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 31 qualifiers plus the top seed – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.

Final tournament
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.