Germany's bid for a third straight UEFA European Women's U19 Championship begins in F.Y.R. Macedonia as the first qualifying round is played this week.
Germany's bid for a third straight UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship kicks off in F.Y.R. Macedonia as the first qualifying round is played this week.
Forty-four countries are chasing the seven available finals berths in France from 7-19 July 2008. The top two teams from each of the eleven first qualifying round groups will go into the second qualifying round draw on 11 December, along with the two third-place finishers with the best records against the leading pair in their respective pools.
All but one of the first qualifying round groups runs this Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday, including that of Germany – fresh from retaining the European U19 title in Iceland – who meet the Czech Republic, hosts F.Y.R. Macedonia and Wales in Group 9.
England, runners-up last season, face former winners Spain, home team Lithuania and the Faroe Islands in Group 11. Russia – the tournament's other former winner alongside France since it changed from an U18 event in 2001/02 – stage Group 4 against Italy, Israel and Northern Ireland. One pool begins today and continues on Friday and Monday: Sweden hosting Group 3.