Holders France will meet potential finals debutants Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round draw was set, with seven places in Georgia next July on offer.
The draw was made by Freddie Woodman, who received the 2015/16 Respect Fair Play trophy of behalf of England. Top seeds Spain are starting their bid in a group including England, who were beaten to the 2016 final by Italy. The Azzurri have been matched with Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and Belgium.
Elite round draw
Group 1 (23–28 March): Netherlands*, Greece, Ukraine, Finland
Group 2 (23–28 March): Germany*, Slovakia, Serbia, Cyprus
Group 3 (22–27 March): Spain, Norway, England*, Belarus
Group 4 (23–28 March): Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Portugal*
Group 5 (22–27 March): Israel, France* (holders), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria
Group 6 (22–27 March): Austria, Czech Republic*, Hungary, Scotland
Group 7 (23–28 March): Sweden, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Belgium*
• The seven group winners will join hosts Georgia in the finals from 2 to 15 July.
• Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Finland, Israel and Sweden are aiming to reach the U19 final tournament for the first time.
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