Having already knocked out one of last season's beaten semi-finalists, UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship holders Germany will aim to end the campaign of the other after being placed in a group with Norway following the second qualifying round draw on Wednesday.
Only the four group winners in the mini-tournaments in April will progress to the finals in UEFA's Swiss home of Nyon, where Germany have won both previous editions, from 22 to 26 June 2010. The holders, having ended the campaign of France in the first qualifying round as well as in last season's semi-finals, will be in Group 4 alongside Norway, Austria and Finland.
In Group 2, 2008/09 runners-up Spain will meet the bronze-medallists from the year before, Denmark, plus Belgium and the side hoping to qualify for the finals on home soil for the first time, Switzerland. England, qualifiers in the inaugural 2007/08 season, are in Group 1 with the Netherlands, Serbia and home side Italy while first-time finalists will definitely emerge from Group 3, which contains Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Poland and hosts Ukraine.
In the semi-finals on 22 June, the winners of Groups 1 and 2 will meet and the teams finishing top of Groups 3 and 4 play in the other last-four encounter, as per the competition regulations. Four days later the final and third-place play-off will take place on a Saturday for the first time. The top three finishers at the final tournament will qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago from 5 to 25 September.
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