The 2011/12 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round draw has been made with the 48 teams split into 12 groups.
While hosts Estonia have their finals place assured and top-ranked nations England, France and Spain receive byes to the elite round, the remaining entrants will compete to reach the second stage in autumn 2011. Romania, excused qualifying this season as finals hosts, will return to the preliminary fray against Italy, Azerbaijan and Sweden.
Each group will be played as a one-venue mini-tournament. The top two in each group plus the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair in their section joining the top three seeds in the elite round in spring 2012, which will produce seven finalists to join Estonia.
Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (4-9 November): Hungary, Portugal*, San Marino, Faroe Islands
Group 2 (6-11 October): Russia, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria*
Group 3 (6-11 October): Italy, Azerbaijan, Romania, Sweden*
Group 4 (21-26 October): Iceland, Norway, Latvia, Cyprus*
Group 5 (8-13 November): Serbia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Israel*
Group 6 (10-15 November): Ukraine, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
Group 7 (6-11 October): Belarus, Germany, Montenegro, Northern Ireland*
Group 8 (21-26 September): Belgium, Scotland, Wales, Slovenia*
Group 9 (11-16 November): Poland, Turkey*, Georgia, Luxembourg
Group 10 (21-26 October): Slovakia, Greece, Armenia*, Andorra
Group 11 (10-15 November): Netherlands*, Croatia, Moldova, Finland
Group 12 (5-10 October): Austria*, Denmark, Malta, Albania
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