A qualifying round and elite round will lead to the eight-team final tournament to be held in summer 2012 in Estonia. The 48 countries in the qualifying round have been split into 12 groups of four, to be played as single-venue mini-tournaments in autumn 2011.
Top-ranked nations England, France and Spain receive byes to the elite round, and will be joined by the teams who finish in the top two of each qualifying round group plus the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair. The elite round, drawn late this year, will consist of seven groups of four played in spring 2012, the mini-tournament winners joining Estonia in the finals.
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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