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.
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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
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.