The 2020/21 qualifying round draw has set the first steps on the road to Romania.
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The 2020/21 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round draw has been made, starting the road to the finals in Romania. The draw was made by Arsen Yeghiazaryan, captain of last season’s Armenia team, who received the Respect Fair Play trophy on behalf of the squad from UEFA General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis.
Group 1 (11–17 November): Italy, Slovakia (hosts), Cyprus, Kosovo
Group 2 (10–16 November): Ukraine, Israel (hosts), Belarus, Montenegro
Group 3 (11–17 November): Austria, Sweden (hosts), Northern Ireland, Gibraltar
Group 4 (11–17 November): Germany, Scotland, Switzerland (hosts), Luxembourg
Group 5 (7–13 October): Czech Republic (hosts), Denmark, North Macedonia, Albania
Group 6 (11–17 November): Croatia (hosts), Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan
Group 7 (11–17 November): Republic of Ireland (hosts), Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia
Group 8 (7–13 October): France, Greece, Azerbaijan, Moldova (hosts)
Group 9 (7–13 October): Norway (hosts), Hungary, Iceland, Andorra
Group 10 (11–17 November): England, Slovenia, Wales (hosts), Malta
Group 11 (7–13 October): Netherlands (hosts), Serbia, Armenia, San Marino
Group 12 (10–16 November): Turkey, Bulgaria (hosts), Russia, Lithuania
Group 13 (11–17 November): Spain, Belgium (hosts), Finland, Faroe Islands
• The top two in each group and the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair in their section join top seeds Portugal in the elite round in spring 2021, which will produce Romania's seven finals opponents.
How the draw worked
Pot A: France, England, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain*, Germany, Ukraine*, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Turkey, Austria, Croatia
Pot B: Greece, Belgium, Sweden, Serbia*, Poland, Slovakia, Scotland, Israel, Bulgaria, Hungary, Denmark, Slovenia, Georgia
Pot C: Russia*, Finland, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Cyprus, Wales, Latvia, Iceland, Azerbaijan, North Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Belarus, Armenia
Pot D: Montenegro, Kosovo*, Malta, Albania, Kazakhstan, Andorra, Luxembourg, Moldova, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Lithuania, Gibraltar*, San Marino
*Based on previous decisions of the UEFA Executive Committee and UEFA Emergency Panel, these teams cannot be drawn together: Spain and Gibraltar, Ukraine and Russia, Serbia and Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo
Who is involved?
• Hosts Romania qualify directly for the final tournament in summer 2021.
• Top seeds Portugal receive a bye to the elite round.
• The remaining 52 entrants start in the qualifying round where they were split into 13 groups of four.
• There were four seeding pots in accordance with the coefficient rankings list, with the 13 countries with the highest ranking in Pot A, the next 13 in Pot B, and so on.
• Each group has one team from each pot, with hosts then appointed to stage the mini-tournaments in autumn 2020.
• The top two in each group and the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair in their section join Portugal in the elite round in spring 2021, which will produce Romania's seven finals opponents.