France tested again in 2010/11 draw

Some tough groups are in prospect following the draw for the 2010/11 UEFA European Women's Under-17 first qualifying round, made in Nyon on Tuesday, with France placed in the same group as Sweden.

The draw is made in Nyon
The draw is made in Nyon ©UEFA.com

Some tough groups are in prospect following the draw for the 2010/11 UEFA European Women's Under-17 first qualifying round, made in Nyon on Tuesday.

Draw
For the competition's fourth edition, 41 nations have entered, one more than in previous years. Germany, winners of the first two competitions, have been given a bye straight to the second qualifying round. The other 40 sides are split into ten groups of four, and France – whose bid for a third straight finals appearance in 2009/10 has already been ended by Germany – have again been placed in a pool with a big name in women's football, this time Sweden. At the draw Jim Boyce, 1st Vice-Chairman of the UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee, presented last season's France captain Marion Torrent with the Fair Play trophy.

Road to Nyon
The groups will be played as one-venue mini-tournaments in autumn 2010. The winners and the five runners-up with the best record against those first and third in their pool will join Germany in the second qualifying round the following spring. Four teams will eventually qualify for the final tournament which, as in previous years, will be held in UEFA's hometown of Nyon, Switzerland in June 2011. The 2009/10 second qualifying round draw will be made on Wednesday morning.

2010/11 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship
First qualifying round

Hosts in bold
Group 1 (25-30 September 2010)
Group 2 (15-20 October 2010)
Finland Czech Republic
Norway Republic of Ireland
Kazakhstan FYR Macedonia
Serbia Northern Ireland
Group 3 (15-20 October 2010)
Group 4 (3-8 October 2010)
Denmark Spain
Hungary Netherlands
Moldova Georgia
Slovenia Belarus
Group 5 (20-25 September 2010)
Group 6 (3-8 October 2010)
Italy Belgium
Iceland England
Bulgaria Armenia
Lithuania Turkey
Group 7 (6-11 October 2010)
Group 8 (5-10 October 2010)
Scotland Sweden
Ukraine France
Romania Croatia
Austria Israel
Group 9 (14-19 October 2010, tbc)
Group 10 (26 September-1 October)
Switzerland Wales
Poland Russia
Latvia Faroe Islands
Estonia Greece