Destination Belarus for hopefuls

The 2008/09 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship begins with the first qualifying round in September with the finals in Belarus the eventual aim.

Destination Belarus for hopefuls
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The 2008/09 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship first qualifying round is played in September with 44 nations chasing seven places in the maiden continental final tournament to be held in Belarus.

Competition
The entrants, including 2007/08 winners Italy, runners-up Norway and neighbours England and Scotland – who both played in July's finals in France and are in the same group – will compete in the first stage from 25-30 September with the top two teams in each of the eleven sections moving through along with the third-placed side with the best record against the leading pair in their pool. Those 23 teams will be joined by top seeds Germany in November's draw for the second qualifying round draw, which will take place from 23-28 April 2009, with six groups providing seven finalists to join the hosts in Belarus.

2008/09 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship
First qualifying round, 25-30 September 2008
Hosts in bold
Group 1 Group 2
PortugalPoland
NorwayAustria
RomaniaArmenia
Faroe IslandsTurkey
Group 3Group 4
SwedenNetherlands
WalesSpain
CroatiaLithuania
LatviaCyprus
Group 5Group 6
ScotlandCzech Republic
EnglandFinland
SloveniaAzerbaijan
SlovakiaNorthern Ireland
Group 7Group 8
IcelandHungary
Republic of IrelandRussia
IsraelBosnia-Herzegovina
GreeceMoldova
Group 9Group 10
FranceSwitzerland
BelgiumDenmark
F.Y.R. MacedoniaSerbia
GeorgiaKazakshtan
Group 11Byes
UkraineGermany (to second qualifying round)
Italy (holders)
Belarus (to finals, hosts)
Bulgaria 
Estonia 

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