Qualifying round draw starts road to Iceland
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The 2013 finals hosts England will face Russia, Moldova and Bulgaria in Group 1 after the 2014/15 UEFA European Women's U17 Championship qualifying round draw in Nyon.
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The draw for the 2014/15 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying round has taken place in Nyon.
The Women's U17 Championship in Iceland will be the second since the introduction of an eight-team final tournament for this competition, with the first being staged in England later this month. The draw, conducted by UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti, was made by last season's Sweden captain Ellen Gibson, who received the Fair Play prize on her team's behalf.
While Iceland qualify directly for the finals as hosts, the three countries with the highest rating on the coefficient ranking list receive a bye to the elite round in April 2015: Germany, France and Spain. The remaining 40 entrants contest the qualifying round, where they were split into ten groups of four. Hosts will now be appointed to hold the mini-tournaments between 1 August and 31 October 2014.
The ten group winners, ten runners-up and the third-placed side with the best record against the top two in their section will accompany the three top seeds into the elite round. Seven countries will eventually qualify for the finals to join Iceland.
This season's final tournament, starting next Tuesday in England, is the first to contain eight teams after six four-nation showpieces in Nyon, Switzerland. The early date is due to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup being played in March in Costa Rica, but with no global event next season the 2014/15 European competition is reverting to its standard timetable of autumn qualifying round, spring elite round and summer final tournament.
Qualifying round draw
Group 1: England, Russia, Moldova, Bulgaria
Group 2: Poland,Finland, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group 3: Switzerland, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Portugal
Group 4: Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Lithuania, Romania
Group 5: Czech Republic, Austria, Ukraine, Northern Ireland
Group 6: Sweden, Scotland, Croatia, Montenegro
Group 7: Belgium, Wales, Latvia, Belarus
Group 8: Denmark, Turkey, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kazakhstan
Group 9: Norway, Italy, Greece, Faroe Islands
Group 10: Netherlands, Slovenia, Israel, Slovakia
Bye to elite round: Germany, France, Spain
Bye to final tournament: Iceland (hosts)