Holders Germany face a 2019 final rematch with the Netherlands after March’s groups were set.
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The UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship elite round draw has been made by Valentina Kröll, captain of the Austria team in the 2019 finals, who received the Respect Fair Play award on behalf of her team.
Group 1 (22–28 March): Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Belgium (hosts)
Group 2 (18–24 March): Hungary (hosts), Russia, Iceland, Romania
Group 3 (23–29 March): Republic of Ireland (hosts), Austria, Serbia, Denmark
Group 4 (14–20 March): Germany (holders), Netherlands (hosts), Scotland, Croatia
Group 5 (16–22 March): France, England (hosts), Slovakia, Wales
Group 6 (19–25 March): Spain, Portugal (hosts), Slovenia, Turkey
Group 7 (23–29 March): Norway (hosts), Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine
• Germany beat the Netherlands on penalties in the 2019 final. Only Germany (7 titles), Spain (4) and Poland (1) have won this competition.
• Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Greece, Wales, Turkey, Romania, Ukraine and Croatia (making their elite round debut) are aiming to reach the finals for the first tine.
• The seven group winners qualify to join hosts Sweden in the finals from 9 to 22 May (with the draw on 3 April in Halmstad).
• The tournament will act as Europe's qualifier for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India.
How the draw worked
• There were four seeding pots in accordance with the coefficient ranking list, with the seven countries with the highest coefficients in Pot A (including Spain and Germany, given a bye to this round), the next seven in Pot B, and so on.
Pot A: Spain (bye), Germany (bye, holders), Norway, Switzerland, Republic of Ireland, France, Hungary
Pot B: Austria, Italy, Russia, England, Netherlands, Portugal, Czech Republic
Pot C: Poland, Slovakia, Iceland, Slovenia, Serbia, Scotland, Greece
Pot D: Denmark, Turkey, Belgium, Wales, Romania, Croatia, Ukraine
• The winners of each qualifying round group could not face the runners-up from the same section, with no such protection for the four third-place finishers.
• On the basis of previous decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee and the UEFA Emergency Panel, the following countries could not be drawn into the same group: Russia and Ukraine.
• Each group comprises one team from each pot, with hosts then appointed to hold the mini-tournaments to be played by 29 March.
• The seven group winners qualify to join hosts Sweden in the finals from 9 to 22 May (with the draw on 3 April). The tournament will act as Europe's qualifier for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India
Qualifying round: who was in which group?
Group 1 : England, Belgium, Croatia*
Group 2: Switzerland, Turkey, Romania*
Group 3: France, Iceland
Group 4 : Austria, Slovakia
Group 5 : Norway, Slovenia
Group 6: Russia, Denmark, Wales*
Group 7: Republic of Ireland, Greece
Group 8: Czech Republic, Serbia, Ukraine*
Group 9: Hungary, Poland
Group 10: Italy, Scotland
Group 11: Netherlands, Portugal
*Four best third-placed teams
Bye to elite round: Spain, Germany (holders)
Bye to finals: Sweden (hosts)