Hopefuls discover 2010 route

The initial steps to the 2009/10 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship were laid out after the first qualifying round draw was made in Nyon today.

Hopefuls discover 2010 route
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The initial steps to the 2009/10 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship were laid out after the first qualifying round draw was made in Nyon today.

Belarussian first
For the first time in any UEFA competition, the finals will be held in F.Y.R. Macedonia in the earlier time slot of 24 May until 5 June 2010. But before that, 44 of the 45 qualifying contenders must get past the first stage from 19 to 24 September 2009, with the top two in each group to progress to the second qualifying round from 27 March to 1 April 2010 along with the third-placed side with the best record against the leading pair in their pool and five-time champions Germany, who have been given a bye. Italy, who took the title in 2008, take on Scotland, Northern Ireland and Bulgaria while Belarus, hosts for the 2009 finals, begin their subsequent campaign by playing England, Norway and Slovakia.

2009/10 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship
F
irst qualifying round, 19-24 September 2009
Hosts in bold
Group 1 Group 2
Republic of IrelandCzech Republic
FinlandSweden
CroatiaEstonia
Faroe IslandsSlovenia
Group 3Group 4
WalesScotland
DenmarkItaly
Bosnia-HerzegovinaNorthern Ireland
MoldovaBulgaria
Group 5Group 6
NetherlandsEngland
PolandNorway
IsraelBelarus
LithuaniaSlovakia
Group 7Group 8
FranceHungary
SerbiaBelgium
GeorgiaLatvia
TurkeyArmenia
Group 9
Group 10
AustriaSpain
RussiaUkraine
KazakhstanAzerbaijan
GreeceCyprus
Group 11Byes
PortugalF.Y.R. Macedonia (to finals, hosts)
SwitzerlandGermany (to second qualfying round)
Iceland
Romania

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