The road to the 2014/15 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final tournament in Greece has been paved after the qualifying round draw was made.
Involving 52 teams, the draw was overseen by Jim Boyce, UEFA Youth and Amateur Committee chairman, and 2012/13 Lithuania captain Lukas Artimavičius, who received the Fair Play trophy. While top seeds Spain have been given a bye to the elite round, the remaining entrants were split into 13 groups of four sides to be played as mini-tournaments in the October and November 2014 international windows.
The top two in each section along with the third-placed nation with the best record against the leading pair will join Spain in the elite round in spring 2015. The seven group winners then join finals hosts Greece that July.
2014/15 qualifying round draw
Group 1 (10-15 October): Belgium, England, Luxembourg*, Belarus
Group 2 (9-14 October): Austria, Germany, Latvia*, Kazakhstan
Group 3 (7-12 October): Turkey, Croatia*, Iceland, Estonia
Group 4 (10-15 November): Slovakia, Hungary*, Slovenia, Azerbaijan
Group 5 (9-14 October): Russia, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland*
Group 6 (13-18 November): Republic of Ireland*, Switzerland, Malta, Gibraltar
Group 7 (12-17 November): Denmark, Portugal*, Albania, Wales
Group 8 (12-17 November): Ukraine, Israel*, Sweden, Bulgaria
Group 9 (10-15 October): Italy, Serbia*, Armenia, San Marino
Group 10 (9-14 October): Netherlands, Poland*, Andorra, Moldova
Group 11 (8-13 October): Romania, Georgia*, Cyprus, Montenegro
Group 12 (8-13 October): Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Liechtenstein, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
Group 13 (7-12 October): Norway, Scotland, Lithuania*, Finland
Bye to elite round: Spain
Bye to finals: Greece (hosts)
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