The draw for the 2012/13 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round has been made involving 48 of the 51 teams hoping to join hosts Lithuania in the finals.
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The draw for the 2012/13 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round has been made including a rematch of the 2009 final between Ukraine and England.
In all, 12 groups of four were formed by the draw, made by UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman Jim Boyce and the captain of last season's winning Spain team, Pablo Sarabia — who is in Nyon to receive the Fair Play prize on behalf of the squad. Ukraine and England are in the first mini-tournament to start, Group 12 from 26 September, also involving the Faroe Islands and Estonia, who will stage the matches just as they will host the 2011/12 finals.
The matches will be played in autumn 2012 with the top two in each group and the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair in their section progressing to the elite round the following spring along with Spain, Serbia and Turkey — given byes as the sides with the highest coefficients. The seven elite round group winners will join Lithuania in the final tournament that summer.
Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (2-7 November): Austria, Hungary*, Andorra, Bulgaria
Group 2 (21-26 November): Finland, Denmark, Montenegro, Cyprus*
Group 3** (9-14 October): Poland, Netherlands, San Marino*, Malta
Group 4 (10-15 October): Czech Republic, Greece, Northern Ireland*, Moldova
Group 5 (11-16 October): Germany, Republic of Ireland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Luxembourg*
Group 6 (11-16 October): France, Portugal*, Israel, Latvia
Group 7 (12-17 October): Belgium, Italy, Belarus, Albania*
Group 8 (11-16 October): Slovakia, Norway, Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina*
Group 9 (9-14 October): Scotland*, Switzerland, Armenia, Romania
Group 10 (10-15 October): Wales, Russia, Sweden, Slovenia*
Group 11 (26-31 October): Croatia*, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iceland
Group 12 (26 September-1 October): Ukraine, England, Faroe Islands, Estonia*
**Group 3 hosts and dates tbc