WU19 EURO elite round draw made

Holders Spain will face the Republic of Ireland, Hungary and Serbia after the elite round draw was made.

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Holders Spain will face the Republic of Ireland, Hungary and Serbia in the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship elite round.

The draw was conducted by UEFA Women's Football Committee chairwoman Anne Rei and Kerstin Casparij, who received the 2018 Fair Play prize on behalf of the Netherlands. The finals will act as UEFA's qualifier for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Elite round draw (matches 3–9 April)

Group 1: Germany (hosts), Austria, Czech Republic, Greece

Group 2: Finland, Switzerland, Belgium (hosts), Poland

Group 3: Netherlands (hosts), Iceland, Russia, Bulgaria

2018 final highlights: Germany 0-1 Spain
2018 final highlights: Germany 0-1 Spain

Group 4: Spain (holders, hosts), Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Serbia

Group 5: Norway (hosts), Denmark, Ukraine, Northern Ireland

Group 6: England (hosts), Italy, Sweden, Turkey

Group 7: France (hosts), Slovenia, Slovakia, Portugal

The seven group winners qualify to join hosts Scotland in the finals from 16 to 28 July.

Draw notes

  • Germany have won a record six titles
  • Bulgaria are making their elite round debut and Greece also hope to qualify for their first finals
  • Spain are aiming for a third title in a row having reached the last five finals
  • Norway and Denmark were last season's two beaten semi-finalists
  • England beat Sweden to win the 2009 final; with Italy there are three former champions in Group 6
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