Holders Germany take on the Republic of Ireland, Iceland and Azerbaijan as the elite round kicks off, with seven spots on offer in May's finals in Lithuania.
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The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship elite round starts on Thursday as the seven teams joining hosts Lithuania in May's finals are decided.
• The seven group winners qualify to join Lithuania in the finals from 9 to 21 May. The draw is on 6 April at the Kaunas State Musical Theatre.
• The top three finishers in the finals will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup from 13 November to 1 December in Uruguay.
Group 1 (23–29 March): Netherlands*, Belgium, Portugal, Romania
Group 2 (22–28 March): Sweden, France*, Scotland, Finland
Group 3 (8–14 March): Spain, Denmark, Russia, Israel*
Group 4 (23–29 March): Hungary*, Serbia, Czech Republic, Italy
Group 5 (25–31 March): England, Norway*, Switzerland, Slovenia
Group 6 (19–25 March): Austria, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Turkey
Group 7 (22–28 March): Germany* (holders), Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Azerbaijan
• Azerbaijan and Israel are in this stage for the first time; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Turkey are also aiming to join Lithuania in making their finals debuts.
• Germany are chasing a third straight title and seventh overall; Spain, who have reached every final since the expansion to an eight-team tournament in 2013/14, have won the competition three times, with Poland the only other champions.