The final tournament draw split the 12 qualifiers into three groups of four.
2019 U21 EURO group stage draw
Group A: Italy (hosts), Spain, Poland, Belgium
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Serbia, Austria
Group C: England, France, Romania, Croatia
When and where did the draw take place?
The draw took place in Bologna on Friday 23 November.
Who was involved?
The draw consisted of 12 teams: hosts Italy, the nine qualifying group winners and the two play-off winners.
Croatia (Group 1 winners)
Spain (Group 2 winners)
Denmark (Group 3 winners)
England (Group 4 winners)
Germany (Group 5 winners, holders)
Belgium (Group 6 winners)
Serbia (Group 7 winners)
Romania (Group 8 winners)
France (Group 9 winners)
Were the teams seeded?
Yes. The draw split the 12 teams into three groups of four (A, B, C). Italy were team 1 in Group A, with the two best-ranked sides in the UEFA U21 national team coefficient rankings in Pot 1 filling positions B1 and C1. The next three ranked nations were in Pot 2, and filled positions A2, B2 and C2, with the remaining teams in Pot 3.
Position 1 in Group A: Italy (hosts)
Pot 1: Germany, England
Pot 2: Spain, Denmark, France
Pot 3: Serbia, Croatia, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Romania
How did the draw work?
- The draw started with the teams in Pot 1.
- The first team drawn took position B1 and the second team drawn position C1.
- The draw continued with the teams in Pot 3.
- The first team drawn was assigned to Group A. In order to determine the position of the drawn team within Group A, a ball was drawn from Pot A. A second ball was drawn from Pot 3 and assigned to Group B. Once again, to determine the position of the team within Group B, a ball was drawn from Pot B. The same procedure was repeated for Group C consecutively until all balls from Pot 3 were drawn and the teams positioned in each group.
- The draw was completed with the teams in Pot 2 using the same procedure as for Pot 3.
How does the tournament work?
Teams play each other once in the group, with the winners and the best runner-up advancing to the semi-finals, where it becomes a knockout competition.
The tournament will also act as UEFA's qualifier for the 2020 men's Olympic football tournament in Japan.
Semi-final 1: Winner Group A v runner-up of Groups B or C or winner of Group C
Semi-final 2: Winner Group B v runner-up of Group A or winner of Group C