The Under-17 EURO elite round runs from 7 to 28 March as the 15 teams joining hosts England in the 5 April draw for the May finals are decided.
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The UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round kicks off on Wednesday with three weeks of action to decide the 15 teams joining hosts England in the finals.
- The groups are played as one-venue mini-tournaments.
- The eight group winners and the seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their section will join England in the finals from 4 to 20 May.
- The draw will be at 18:30CET on 5 April at St George's Park, Burton-upon-Trent.
Group 1 (21–27 March): Serbia, Spain (holders), Ukraine, Czech Republic*
Group 2 (9–15 March): Belgium, Croatia*, Sweden, Cyprus
Group 3 (21–27 March): Republic of Ireland, Poland*, Georgia, FYR Macedonia
Group 4 (12–18 March): Portugal*, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia
Group 5 (7–13 March): Italy, Iceland, Netherlands*, Turkey
Group 6 (21–27 March): France, Austria*, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group 7 (22–28 March): Israel, Hungary*, Slovenia, Romania
Group 8 (21–27 March): Germany, Scotland, Greece*, Norway
- Spain, who beat England in last year's final in Croatia, are aiming to add to their record three U17 titles, or nine counting the pre-2001/02 U16 event.
- France, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlanda are two-time U17 champions along with England. Portugal and the Netherlands face former champions in Switzerland and Turkey respectively.
- Cyprus and elite-round debutants FYR Macedonia are aiming to qualify for the first time (though Slovenia and Slovakia have only previously reached the finals as hosts).