2017/18 U17 qualifying round draw made

The road to the 16-team U17 EURO finals in England has begun with the qualifying round draw involving 52 of the hopefuls, including debutants Kosovo.

UEFA head of national team competitions Lance Kelly hold out the name of Ukraine
UEFA head of national team competitions Lance Kelly hold out the name of Ukraine ©Getty Images for UEFA

The road to the 16-team 2017/18 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals in England has begun with the qualifying round draw involving 52 of the hopefuls, including debutants Kosovo.

The draw was made by Nicklas Struck Jakobsen, who received the 2015/16 Respect Fair Play Trophy on behalf of Denmark.

Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (26 October–1 November):
Belgium, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Malta*

Group 2 (19–25 October): Spain, Croatia, Albania*, Liechtenstein

Group 3 (13–19 October): Czech Republic*, Turkey, Israel, Armenia

Group 4 (27 September–3 October): Russia, Iceland, Finland*, Faroe Islands

Group 5 (18–24 October): Serbia*, Greece, Norway, Gibraltar

Group 6 (19–25 October): France, Slovenia, Belarus*, Kazakhstan

Group 7 (22–28 October): Scotland, Denmark, Estonia*, Andorra

Group 8 (2–8 October): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Moldova, FYR Macedonia*

Group 9 (10–16 October): Netherlands, Wales, Hungary*, Kosovo

Group 10 (23–29 October): Austria, Romania*, Lithuania, Luxembourg

Group 11 (10–16 October): Republic of Ireland, Ukraine, Bulgaria*, Azerbaijan

Group 12 (17–23 October): Poland, Sweden, Cyprus*, San Marino

Group 13 (24–30 October): Italy, Georgia*, Latvia, Montenegro

*Hosts

Bye to elite round: Germany, Portugal

Bye to final tournament: England (hosts)

• The top two in each group along with the four third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair will join Germany and Portugal in the elite round in spring 2018.

• In that round, the eight group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool will join England in that May's finals.

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