Under-17 elite round latest

The elite round runs until 1 April with 15 teams to qualify with hosts the Republic of Ireland.

Russia take on Poland
Russia take on Poland ©Shapaev Mikhail, Football Union of Russia

Holders the Netherlands will face the Czech Republic, Israel and Northern Ireland in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round, which begins on Wednesday.

The draw in December was conducted by John Delaney, chairman of the UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee, and Francisco Saldanha, who received the 2018 U17 EURO Fair Play prize on behalf of last season's Portugal team, which he captained. The finals will act as UEFA's qualifier for Europe's five berths at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil later in the year.

Elite round draw

Francisco Saldanha receives Portugal's Fair Play trophy
Francisco Saldanha receives Portugal's Fair Play trophy©UEFA via Getty Images

Group 1 (20–26 March): Italy, Austria, Romania, Turkey*

Group 2 (20–26 March): Netherlands* (holders), Czech Republic, Israel, Northern Ireland

Group 3 (21–27 March): England, Denmark*, Croatia, Switzerland

Group 4 (20–26 March): Germany*, Slovenia, Iceland, Belarus

Group 5 (25–31 March): Spain**, Ukraine, Kosovo, Greece

Group 6 (20–26 March): Portugal, Russia, Poland, Scotland*

Group 7 (26 March–1 April): Belgium, Hungary*, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group 8 (26 March–1 April): Slovakia, France, Sweden, Serbia*

**Staged in Nyon, Switzerland

2018 U17 EURO review
2018 U17 EURO review

• The eight group winners and the seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their section will join hosts the Republic of Ireland in the finals from 3 to 19 May. The draw is in Dublin on 4 April.

Draw notes

  • The Netherlands equalled Spain's record of three U17 titles last term.
  • The Netherlands overcame Spain 2-0 in last season's group stage.
  • Also in last season's group stage, Belgium beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 and England lost 1-0 to Switzerland – though England still went through at their opponents' expense.
  • Kosovo are in the elite round for the first time.