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Under-17 EURO elite round starts Wednesday

The 32 contenders will compete in eight groups of four to decide Cyprus's 15 finals opponents.

The eight groups
The eight groups UEFA

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round, starting on Wednesday, will decide the 15 teams joining hosts Cyprus in the finals from 20 May to 5 June.

The top-seeded Netherlands, who enter directly in this round, are joined by the 31 teams that came through the qualifying round. Group 4 in Greece begins on Wednesday with the rest of the mini-tournaments from 20 to 26 March.

The eight elite round group winners and seven runners-up with the best records will qualify for the last 16-team final tournament before the switch to a new format in 2024/25.

Matches

Elite round groups

Group 1 (20–26 March): England (hosts), France, Hungary, Northern Ireland

Group 2 (20–26 March): Wales, Bulgaria, Sweden, Romania (hosts)

Group 3 (20–26 March): Netherlands, Belgium, Finland (hosts), Italy

Group 4 (6–12 March): Greece (hosts), Switzerland, Slovakia, Ukraine

Group 5 (20–26 March): Portugal (hosts), Germany (holders), Croatia, Republic of Ireland

Group 6 (20–26 March): Türkiye, Serbia, Georgia (hosts), Denmark

Group 7 (20–26 March): Spain, Austria (hosts), Slovenia, Norway

Group 8 (20–26 March): Poland, Czechia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina (hosts)

2023 Under-17 EURO final penalty shoot-out

Team guide

  • Germany are the defending champions after beating France last June in Hungary to win their second U17 title since the switch to the current classification in 2001/02. Poland and Spain were beaten semi-finalists, while England, Republic of Ireland, Serbia and Switzerland also reached the quarter-finals.
  • Other past U17 winners in the draw other than Germany are Netherlands (4), France (3), Spain (3), Portugal (2), England (1), Switzerland (1), Türkiye (1).
  • England, Netherlands and Spain are aiming to reach a record 16th final tournament.
New format from 2024/25