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2016/17 Under-19 qualifying round draw

The 2016/17 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round involved 52 of the 53 hopefuls aiming to play in the finals in Georgia.

2016/17 Under-19 qualifying round draw

The 2016/17 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round involved 52 of the 53 hopefuls aiming to play in the finals in Georgia.

Group 1 (6-11 October): Russia, Belgium*, Kazakhstan, Finland

Group 2 (6-11 October): Netherlands*, Norway, San Marino, Romania

Group 3 (25-30 October): Israel, Scotland, Liechtenstein, Andorra*

Group 4 (6-11 October): Germany, Republic of Ireland, Albania*, Gibraltar

Group 5 (4-9 October): Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania*, Azerbaijan

Group 6 (10-15 November): England, Greece, Wales*, Luxembourg

Group 7 (10-15 November): Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Armenia*

Group 8 (10-15 November): Denmark, Portugal, Bulgaria*, Belarus

Group 9 (6-11 October): France, Czech Republic*, Estonia, Slovenia

Group 10 (9-14 November): Sweden, Serbia*, Moldova, Malta

Group 11 (6-11 October): FYR Macedonia, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Poland*

Group 12 (11-16 November): Croatia, Montenegro*, Faroe Islands, Cyprus

Group 13 (6-11 October): Ukraine*, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland

*Hosts

Bye to elite round: Spain

Bye to final tournament: Georgia (hosts)

10.00CET, 13 December, Nyon

Seven teams will join hosts Georgia in the final tournament but before that the entrants compete next autumn for 28 elite round places. Top seeds Spain 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, each containing two teams from each of the seeding pots, with the hosts appointed after the draw. The top two in each group along with the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair will join Spain in the elite round in spring 2017. The seven group winners from that stage go into the finals alongside Georgia.

FULL DRAW PROCEDURE

Seeding pots
Pot A:
Portugal, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Russia*, Turkey, Ukraine*, France, Netherlands, England, Denmark, Greece, Czech Republic, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Croatia, Slovakia, Scotland, Switzerland, Israel, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pot B: Bulgaria, Poland, Cyprus, Wales, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Estonia, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Armenia*, Malta, Slovenia, Finland, Azerbaijan*, Belarus, Albania, Moldova, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Andorra, San Marino, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein

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

Bye to elite round: Spain

Bye to final tournament: Georgia (hosts)

2016/17 #U19EURO qualifying round draw

http://www.uefa.com/under19/draws/index.html#201617+under+qualifying+round+draw

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.

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

Elite round
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 27 qualifiers join the top seed, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.

Final tournament

The seven qualifiers plus the hosts are split into two groups of four who play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of those ties contest the final.

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