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2017 WU19 EURO finals: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland will host the WU19 EURO between 8 and 20 August 2017, the country's first women's final tournament having staged the men's U19s in 2005.
2017 WU19 EURO finals: Northern Ireland
UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship trophy ©Sportsfile

2017 WU19 EURO finals: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland will host the WU19 EURO between 8 and 20 August 2017, the country's first women's final tournament having staged the men's U19s in 2005.

Northern Ireland will host the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final tournament between 8 and 20 August 2017. This will be the first women's final tournament in Northern Ireland, where the 2005 U19 finals were played.

Qualifying round
Forty-four of the 48 entrants began their campaigns in the qualifying round in October and November. The 11 group winners plus the ten runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advancing to the elite round.

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Best runners-up calculations

Group winners: Poland, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Serbia, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Hungary
Runners-up: Norway, Italy, Scotland, Russia, Iceland, Portugal, Ukraine, Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark

Elite round
The 23 qualifiers join seeds France, England and Germany in the elite round, with teams split into six groups of four. Games take place between 3 and 11 April, or 5 and 13 June. Seven teams qualify for the finals, joining hosts Northern Ireland: the group winners and the runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section.

Final tournament
The eight contenders are split into two groups of four, the top two progressing to the semis, with the final to follow. The competition will act as a qualifier for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, with France already in those finals as hosts.

Mascot: Sweet Caroline
Designed by schoolgirl Eadie Fallis as part of a nationwide competition. There was another contest to name it, with fans voting online for Sweet Caroline among a shortlist of three names. The 1969 song of the same name by Neil Diamond is a favourite on the terraces in Northern Ireland.

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