Under-19 elite round kicks off

Twenty-eight teams, including holders France and seven-time winners Spain, are in contention for the seven places alongside hosts Georgia in this summer's finals.

Georgia will stage the 2017 finals
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Seven places in this summer's UEFA European Under-19 Championship will be decided over the next week, with 28 teams bidding to join hosts Georgia in the final tournament.

Holders France have home advantage in Group 5 – which also includes Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Bulgaria – while the nation they beat to claim their third U19 title in Germany last year, Italy, take on the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Belgium in Group 7.

Elite round 
Group 1: Finland, Greece, Netherlands*, Ukraine (23–28 March)
Group 2: Cyprus, Germany*, Serbia, Slovakia (23–28 March)
Group 3: Belarus, England*, Norway, Spain (22–27 March)
Group 4: Croatia, Poland, Portugal*, Turkey (23–28 March)
Group 5: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France (holders)*, Israel (22–27 March)
Group 6: Austria, Czech Republic*, Hungary, Scotland (22–27 March)
Group 7:Belgium*, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden (23–28 March)

*Hosts

The seven group winners will join hosts Georgia in the finals from 2 to 15 July.

2016 final highlights: France 4-0 Italy
2016 final highlights: France 4-0 Italy
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