The draw set the groups for both leagues, which will decide Belgium's seven finals opponents as well as promotion and relegation.
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The UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship round 2 draw has set groups for both leagues. The draw was made by Lucy Watson, captain of last season's England team, receiving the Respect Fair Play trophy on behalf of her squad.
The groups played between 3 and 11 April will decide the seven teams who join hosts Belgium in the finals from 18 to 30 July, as well as promotion and relegation between the leagues. Each group will be a mini-tournaments in one of the competing nations (as yet unassigned).
Draw seedings were determined by the league rankings from the autumn's round 1. League A consists of 28 teams, including seven promoted from League B; Belgium will take part although their finals place is assured as hosts. The seven group winners (plus the best runners-up if Belgium win their group) all qualify for the finals. Teams finishing fourth will be relegated to League B for 2023/24 round 1.
The 24 teams in League B, including those relegated from League A in the autumn, will compete for promotion for round 1 of the tournament's 2023/24 edition.
Round 2 draw
Group A1: Norway, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Croatia
Group A2: Serbia, Poland, Switzerland, Czechia
Group A3: France, Portugal, Hungary, Romania
Group A4: Spain (holders), England, Slovenia, Belarus
Group A5: Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine, Iceland
Group A6: Austria, Italy, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group A7: Netherlands, Finland, Belgium (finals hosts), Bulgaria
- The seven group winners join hosts Belgium in the finals. If Belgium top their group, the best runners-up also qualify.
- Teams finishing fourth will be relegated to League B for 2023/24 round 1.
- Spain beat Norway in the 2022 final to claim their fourth title. France and Sweden reached the semi-finals while Czechia, England, Germany and Italy are also looking to qualify again. Norway beat Germany 2-1 in the group stage.
- There are eight former champions involved: Germany (6 titles), France (5), Sweden (3), Denmark (1), England (1), Italy (1), Netherlands (1) and Spain (1).
- England beat Slovenia 5-0 in round 1.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine are hoping to earn finals debuts. Belarus, Czechia and Hungary have only previously qualified as hosts.
Group B1: Israel, North Macedonia, Georgia, Gibraltar
Group B2: Türkiye, Moldova, Lithuania, Andorra
Group B3: Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Cyprus, Latvia
Group B4: Malta, Faroe Islands, Armenia
Group B5: Slovakia, Montenegro, Azerbaijan
Group B6: Wales, Kazakhstan, Estonia
Group B7: Scotland, Albania, Liechtenstein
- Group winners will be promoted to League A for 2023/24 round 1.
Group hosts TBC for both leagues
How the draw worked
The composition of the leagues in round 2 was the same as in round 1. As follows:
• League A, 28 teams: 7 groups of 4 teams
• League B, 24 teams: 3 groups of 4 teams and 4 groups of 3 teams.
The following principles applied:
• The group runners-up from League A round 1 were drawn against group winners from a different group. Teams who played in three-team groups in round 1 were drawn into four-team groups in round 2 as far as possible.
• As decided by the UEFA Executive Committee and the UEFA Emergency Panel, the following countries could be drawn into the same group: Belarus and Ukraine (League A).
• The teams in each league were seeded to create draw pots, based on round 1 league rankings. To determine the round 1 league rankings, the following criteria were applied to the round 1 results, in the order given:
(i) higher position in the following classification, with group winners promoted from League B ranked above runners-up promoted from League B;
(ii) higher number of points in all mini-tournament matches;
(iii) superior goal difference in all mini-tournament matches;
(iv) higher number of goals scored in all mini-tournament matches;
(v) lower number of disciplinary points based only on yellow and red cards received by players and team officials in all mini-tournament matches (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
(vi) higher position in the 2021/22 round 2 league rankings.
League A (7 groups of 4 teams)
• The draw started with Pot 1 and then continued with Pot 2 until Pot 4.
Each pot was emptied entirely before proceeding to the next pot.
• As a rule, and for each pot, the teams drawn were allocated in numerical order from Group 1 to Group 7.
• If a round 1 group runner-up was drawn into the same group as the group winner from the same round 1 group, or if a prohibited team clash occured, the team drawn was allocated to the first available group in numerical order and another team was drawn to complete the position left free. Should this have been possible when drawing the last groups, the teams were drawn and assigned to the groups.
Pot 1: Spain (holders), France, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Serbia, Austria
Pot 2: England, Italy, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Sweden, Poland
Pot 3: Belgium (finals hosts), Greece, Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine
Pot 4: Czechia, Bulgaria, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Romania, Belarus
League B: 3 groups of 4 teams, 4 groups of 3 teams
• The draw started with Pot 1. The teams were drawn and allocated to position 1 of each group in numerical order from Group 1 to Group 7.
• The draw continued with Pot 2a. The first two teams were drawn and allocated to position 2 of Groups 1 to 3. Once these teams were allocated, Pot 2b was added to the bowl with the two remaining Pot 2a balls and the draw continued, allocating the four teams to position 2 of Groups 4 to 7 in numerical order.
• Similarly, for Pot 3a, the first two teams were drawn and allocated to position 3 of Groups 1 to 3. Once these teams were allocated, Pot 3b was added to the bowl with the two remaining Pot 3a balls and the draw continued, allocating the six teams to position 3 of Groups 4 to 7 in numerical order, then to position 4 of Groups 1 to 3.
• If a prohibited team clash occured or could occur, the team drawn was allocated to the first available group in numerical order, and another team was drawn to complete the position left free. Should this have been possible when drawing the last groups, the teams were drawn and assigned to the groups.
Pot 1: Israel, Wales, Slovakia, Türkiye, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Malta
Pot 2a: North Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova, Kazakhstan
Pot 2b: Albania, Faroe Islands, Montenegro
Pot 3a: Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia
Pot 3b: Estonia, Gibraltar, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Azerbaijan, Armenia
Round 1 group winners: Spain (holders, Group A1), Netherlands (A2), Serbia (A3), Denmark (A4), France (A5), Austria (A6), Norway (A7)
Round 1 group runners-up: Finland (A1), Sweden (A2), Italy (A3), England (A4), Poland (A5), Germany (A6), Portugal (A7)
Round 1 group third place: Switzerland (A1), Greece (A2), Hungary (A3), Slovenia (A4), Republic of Ireland (A5), Ukraine (A6), Belgium (finals hosts, A7)
Promoted from League B: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Iceland, Romania
Relegated from League A: Israel, Malta, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Slovakia, Türkiye, Wales
Round 1 group runners-up: Montenegro (B1), Albania (B2), Faroe Islands (B3), Moldova (B4), Kosovo (B5), North Macedonia (B6), Kazakhstan (B7)
Round 1 group third place: Cyprus (B1), Latvia (B2), Lithuania (B3), Estonia (B4), Gibraltar (B5), Georgia (B6), Andorra (B7)
Round 1 group fourth place: Azerbaijan (B1), Faroe Islands (B2), Liechtenstein (B3)