Sweden will make their debut at the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship after qualifying with a game to spare.

Sweden ©Ernst Schneider

Sweden will make their debut at the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship after beating Switzerland and the Czech Republic in their second qualifying round group, making their loss to Italy irrelevant.

Forward Stina Blackstenius moved to top-flight club Linköpings FC this year while striker partner Linda Hallin took her bow at the highest senior level with KIF Örebro aged 15, establishing herself further in 2012. Hallin scored five goals in qualifying, bettered only by Anna Oskarsson of IFK Kalmar with six.

"Our ambition is to make it to the final," said coach Yvonne Ekroth. "This team has great character and does not depend on any individual player."

First qualifying round: Croatia 9-0, Azerbaijan 7-1, Austria 2-2 (Group 6 winners)

Second qualifying round: Switzerland 1-0, Czech Republic 2-1, Italy 0-1 (Group 4 winners)

Key players
Anna Oskarsson (forward, IFK Kalmar), Ellen Gibson (defender, Hammarby), Emma Holmgren (goalkeeper, Vaksala SK)

Coach: Yvonne Ekroth

Date of birth: 23 August 1961
Nationality: Swedish
Playing career:
IK Svane, Trollhättans IF, AIK
Coaching career:
Rödsle BK, Småland district girls, Sweden women's U17

Ekroth played football at the highest level in Sweden for six years with Trollhättan and AIK. She found even more success as a handball player, winning two Swedish championships at Stockholmspolisens IF and taking part in European competitions with that club.

She is a qualified sports teacher and worked at high schools before joining the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) full-time. She also holds a degree in marketing and has been employed in sports marketing in the past.

Team records

Qualifying top scorer
Anna Oskarsson: 6

UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship best
Runners-up: 2013

Honours in other UEFA women's competitions
UEFA European Women's Championship
Winners: 1984
Runners-up: 1989, 1997, 2005

UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship
Winners: 2012

UEFA European Women's Under-18 Championship
Winners: 1999