Germany will start their defence of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship when the 2006/07 edition begins on Tuesday.
Germany face neighbours
Nine of the eleven first qualifying round groups get under way that day, with all 44 contenders for a place alongside Iceland next summer taking part in the opening stage. Germany will face mini-tournament hosts F.Y.R. Macedonia, Austria and Georgia in Group 4, while 2006 runners-up France play fellow summer qualifiers Sweden plus the Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan. Turkey are back in the competition after two seasons' absence and will stage a group involving the last pair of finals hosts, Hungary and Switzerland. There is now an extra rest day between the second and third matches in all qualifying groups.
The top two from each section will progress to the second qualifying round along with the two third-placed teams with the best records against the winners and runners-up in their pools. Those 24 sides will be drawn into six groups of four ahead of next April's second qualifying round, with only the section winners and best runners-up entering the final tournament - which will also act as a qualifying round for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup - to be played in Iceland between 18-29 July.
|UEFA European Women's U19 Championship|
First qualifying round
Group 1 (26 September-1 October)
|Sweden* (indicates group hosts)|
|Group 2 (26 September-1 October)|
|Group 3 (26 September-1 October)|
|Group 4 (26 September-1 October)|
|Group 5 (26 September-1 October)|
|Group 6 (26 September-1 October)|
|Group 7 (26 September-1 October)|
|Group 8 (3-8 October)|
|Group 9 (13-18 October)|
|Group 10 (26 September-1 October)|
|Republic of Ireland|
|Group 11 (26 September-1 October)|