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Turkish adventure ends, road to Wales begins

Published: Saturday 14 July 2012, 22.31CET
Just 98 days after Sweden were crowned in Turkey, 40 teams will line up for the first qualifying round on the road to Wales and the 2013 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship.
Turkish adventure ends, road to Wales begins
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Published: Saturday 14 July 2012, 22.31CET

Turkish adventure ends, road to Wales begins

Just 98 days after Sweden were crowned in Turkey, 40 teams will line up for the first qualifying round on the road to Wales and the 2013 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship.

Just 98 days after Sweden were crowned in Turkey, 40 teams will line up for the first stage on the road to Wales and the 2012/13 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship.

The first qualifying round takes place between 20 and 25 October, with Sweden beginning their defence against Slovenia in Russia. The top two in each of ten four-team groups progressing to April's second qualifying round along with the third-placed team with the best record against the top two in their section.

Three countries await them there: with the highest coefficients, Germany, France and England were all given a bye through the initial stage. Seven teams advance from the second qualifying round to join hosts and finals debutants Wales at the final tournament in and around Swansea between 19 and 31 August 2013.

2012/13 first qualifying round draw (hosts in bold)
Group 1: Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Cyprus, Latvia

Group 2: Austria, Italy, Greece, Kazakhstan

Group 3: Ukraine, Belgium, Faroe Islands, Croatia

Group 4: Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Northern Ireland

Group 5: Norway, Scotland, Turkey, Belarus

Group 6: Denmark, Iceland, Moldova, Slovakia

Group 7: Spain, Finland, Estonia, Bulgaria

Group 8: Czech Republic, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Group 9: Sweden, Russia, Slovenia, Azerbaijan

Group 10: Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, Israel

Byes to second qualifying round: Germany, France, England

Bye to final tournament: Wales (hosts)

Last updated: 15/07/12 1.02CET

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