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U17 EURO qualifying round report

The 32 teams that will take part in March's elite round have been decided.

Spain's Israel Salazar celebrates his added-time winner against FYR Macedonia
Spain's Israel Salazar celebrates his added-time winner against FYR Macedonia ©PETR Stojanovski

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round began the road to May's finals in the Republic of Ireland – and the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.

In all, 52 of the entrants have competed in mini-tournaments finishing by Friday, with top seeds England and Germany given byes to the 6 December elite round draw and hosts the Republic of Ireland already in May's finals. The 30 teams progressing to join England and Germany are now decided ahead of Friday's last matches, led by the Netherlands, who beat Italy in the 2018 final in England.

Through to elite round: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England (bye), France, Germany (bye), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Netherlands (holders), Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine

  • Kosovo have reached the elite round for the first time
2018 U17 finals in review

Qualifying round groups
Group 1

Qualified: Netherlands (holders), Sweden

Group 2
Ukraine, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina*

Group 3
Austria, Slovenia

Group 4
Spain, Israel

Group 5
Kosovo,Scotland, Switzerland*

Group 6
Denmark, Russia

Group 7
France, Poland

Group 8
Czech Republic, Norway

Group 9
Hungary, Romania, Serbia*

Group 10
Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Turkey*

Group 11
Portugal, Belarus

Group 12
Belgium, Greece

Group 13
Italy, Croatia

*best third-placed teams

  • The top two in each group plus the four third-placed teams with the best records against the leading pair in their section advance to join top seeds England and Germany in the elite round next March, from which 15 sides will qualify to line up alongside hosts Ireland in the finals.
  • The finals will also act as Europe's qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Season calendar
Elite round draw: 6 December, Nyon
Elite round: tbc March
Finals draw: tbc, Republic of Ireland
Finals: 3–19 May, Republic of Ireland