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2022 Women's Under-19 EURO finals: Meet the teams

Eight teams are contesting the finals in the Czech Republic that run through to 9 July; find out their qualifying records, top scorers and previous tournament bests.

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The UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship has returned after being cancelled for the last two seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Czech Republic the hosts.

We introduce the eight teams competing for the title, including six past winners.

The groups

Group A: Czech Republic (hosts), Italy, Spain, France (holders)

Group B: Sweden, Norway, England, Germany


The top two in each group will progress to the semi-finals on 6 July, with the Ostrava decider to follow three days later.

All the matches

Match dates

Group stage: 27 June, 30 June & 3 July
Semi-finals: 6 July
Final: 9 July

Where to watch the finals: TV/streams

Group A

2019 final highlights: France 2-1 Germany

Czech Republic (hosts)

Round 1: Group A6 second place (W2-1 vs Portugal, W2-1 vs Slovakia, L1-3 vs Spain)
Round 2: Group A7 fourth place (L0-2 vs Republic of Ireland, L1-3 vs Greece, L1-5 vs France) – qualified automatically for finals as hosts
Top scorers: Jaroslava Pavlíčková, Sabina Střížová 2
Previous best
: Final tournament debut
Word from the coach:
"It is the first time we are going to play at these finals and we are really looking forward to all our games. We don't play against such big teams every day. Every minute on the pitch will be invaluable experience for our players." Jan Navrátil

Italy

Round 1: Group A7 winners (W4-0 vs Poland, W9-0 vs Azerbaijan, D1-1 vs Norway)
Round 2: Group A5 winners (W6-0 vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, W3-1 vs Hungary, W3-1 vs Switzerland)
Top scorer
: Nicole Arcangeli 7
Previous best
: Winners (2008)
Word from the coach:
"We are very happy to be here in this final tournament and we wanted to be here very much. We know the other teams respect us for how we play, so we'll see how it goes." Enrico Sbardella

Spain

Round 1: Group A6 winners (W3-0 vs Slovakia, W4-0 vs Portugal, W3-1 vs Czech Republic)
Round 2: Group A6 winners (W9-0 vs Romania, W6-0 vs Portugal, D2-2 vs Netherlands)
Top scorers
: Fiamma, Mirari Uria 5
Previous best
: Winners x 3 (2004, 2017, 2018)
Word from the coach:
"The team has improved throughout the year. The preparation for this tournament has been excellent. The team has character, and is competitive. We're looking forward to the start of the tournament and we hope to enjoy it." Pedro López

France (holders)

Round 1: Group A2 winners (W2-0 vs Serbia, W2-0 vs Iceland, W1-0 vs Sweden)
Round 2: Group A7 winners (W3-0 vs Greece, W3-0 vs Republic of Ireland, W5-1 vs Czech Republic)
Top scorer
: Louha Ribadeira 4
Previous best
: Winners x 5 (2003, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019)
Word from the coach: "I think we have the qualities to win the trophy, but we have to go match by match to see what happens, and improve throughout the tournament. We have all sorts of qualities: technical, physical, a good spirit, so we're going to rely on our strengths to try and win each game as it comes." Sandrine Ringler

Group B

2018 final highlights: Germany 0-1 Spain

Sweden

Round 1: Group A2 runners-up (W2-1 vs Iceland, W4-0 vs Serbia, L0-1 vs France)
Round 2: Group A1 winners (W4-2 vs Poland, W4-0 vs Croatia, W2-0 vs Denmark)
Top scorers
: Lisa Björk, Svea Rehnberg 3
Previous best
: Winners x 3 (1999, 2012, 2015)
Word from the coach:
"I think we have a really good squad to play different styles in this tournament, and we have a very good attacking side that can score a lot of goals. But our defence is also very good, and they did well in qualifying as we didn't concede many goals." Caroline Sjöblom

Norway

Round 1: Group A7 runners-up (W7-0 vs Azerbaijan, W3-1 vs Poland, D1-1 vs Italy)
Round 2: Group A4 winners (W5-0 vs Ukraine, W6-0 vs Bulgaria, W1-0 vs Austria )
Top scorer
: Iris Omarsdottir 6
Previous best
: Runners-up (2001, 2003, 2008, 2011)
Word from the coach: "We're prepared, all excited to get going. It's hot and humid, that's something we need to get used to, but it's similar for all the teams. We're simply excited to get started." Hege Riise

England

Round 1: Group A5 winners (W1-0 vs Republic of Ireland, W8-1 vs Northern Ireland, W1-0 vs Switzerland)
Round 2: Group A3 winners (W3-0 vs Wales, W2-0 vs Iceland, W3-0 vs Belgium)
Top scorer
: Agnes Beever-Jones 5
Previous best
: Winners (2009)
Word from the coach: "It was reasonably steady in qualifying, but it was challenging. There was the first round in October and the second round in April, and to be here now is a huge achievement. We're very excited and feeling proud more than anything else." Gemma Davies

Germany

Round 1: Group A3 winners (W6-1 vs Slovenia, D0-0 vs Russia, W2-1 vs Belgium)
Round 2: Group A2 winners (D1-1, W2-1pens vs Finland)
Top scorers
: Maja Sternad, Carlotta Wamser, Cora Zicai 2
Previous best
: Winners x 6 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011)
Word from the coach: "We feel great here, we've been warmly welcomed and the facilities are superb. We can't wait to get started. Everything is possible in this group, and we'll happily take on the challenge." Kathrin Peter

Statistics include Women's U18 EURO (1997/98 to 2000/01)