The Czech Republic will host the 2017 final tournament next May, with 45 teams aiming for seven places from qualifying.
Article top media content
- The Czech Republic will host the 2017 final tournament next May, with 45 teams aiming for seven places from qualifying.
Qualifying round draw
Group 1 (20–25 September): Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia, Israel*
Group 2 (6–11 October): Sweden, Greece*, Montenegro, Malta
Group 3 (8–13 October): Poland, Hungary*, Azerbaijan, Estonia
Group 4 (21–26 October): Norway, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Moldova*
Group 5 (26–31 October): Italy, Finland, Portugal*, Georgia
Group 6 (10–15 October): France, Scotland*, Croatia, Kazakhstan
Group 7 (2–7 October): Germany, Turkey, Wales, Latvia*
Group 8 (24–29 October): England, Russia, Slovenia, Lithuania*
Group 9 (26 September–1 October): Belgium, Serbia*, Romania, Ukraine
Group 10 (26–31 October): Republic of Ireland*, Iceland, Belarus, Faroe Islands
Group 11 (30 September–5 October): Austria, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia*
Bye to elite round: Spain
Bye to final tournament: Czech Republic (hosts)
• The top two in each group and the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair in their section accompany top seeds Spain into the 24-team elite round.
• Seven countries will join the Czech Republic in the fourth final tournament since the expansion to eight teams in May 2017, following the finals in England, Iceland and Belarus.
• Malta are entering this competition for the first time.
Road to the Czech Republic
Qualifying round: 26 September–31 October 2016
Elite round draw: 11 November 2016
Elite round: spring 2017
Final tournament draw: tbc
Final tournament: 2–14 May 2017, Czech Republic