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Big entry for 2012/13 Women's U17s

Published: Tuesday 1 November 2011, 3.30CET
A record 44 teams have entered the 2012/13 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship and all will be involved in the first qualifying round draw at 08.30CET on 15 November.
Big entry for 2012/13 Women's U17s
The draw will be made at UEFA headquarters ©UEFA.com
Published: Tuesday 1 November 2011, 3.30CET

Big entry for 2012/13 Women's U17s

A record 44 teams have entered the 2012/13 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship and all will be involved in the first qualifying round draw at 08.30CET on 15 November.

The 2012/13 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship first qualifying round will be made at 08.30CET on 15 November in Nyon, with a record 44 teams involved in the sixth edition.

Montenegro will make their first appearance at this level, while Slovakia return to the competition having not been involved since taking part in the inaugural 2007/08 event. The first qualifying round draw features all 44 entrants, split into 11 groups of four, with Clarisse Le Bihan, vice-captain of last season's Fair Play winners and tournament runners-up France, helping to pick the teams.

There are three seeding pots according to the coefficient ranking list. The 11 nations with the highest coefficient, including previous winners Germany and Spain, are in Pot A, the next 11 in Pot B, with the remainder in Pot C. Each group will contain one team from each of Pots A and B, and two from Pot C, with hosts then appointed to host the mini-tournaments between 1 August and 31 October 2012.

The 11 group winners and five runners-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their section will contest the second qualifying round in spring 2013. Four teams will eventually qualify for the final tournament which, as in previous years, will be held in UEFA's hometown of Nyon, Switzerland from 25 to 28 June 2013.

Seeding pots
Pot A:
Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark, England

Pot B: Belgium, Italy, Iceland, Scotland, Poland, Finland, Wales, Russia, Hungary, Ukraine, Austria

Pot C: Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Romania, Belarus, Lithuania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Greece, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Northern Ireland, Israel, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Bulgaria, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovakia

Last updated: 27/01/12 18.19CET

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