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.

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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 Ireland Czech Republic
Finland Sweden
Croatia Estonia
Faroe Islands Slovenia
Group 3 Group 4
Wales Scotland
Denmark Italy
Bosnia-Herzegovina Northern Ireland
Moldova Bulgaria
Group 5 Group 6
Netherlands England
Poland Norway
Israel Belarus
Lithuania Slovakia
Group 7 Group 8
France Hungary
Serbia Belgium
Georgia Latvia
Turkey Armenia
Group 9
Group 10
Austria Spain
Russia Ukraine
Kazakhstan Azerbaijan
Greece Cyprus
Group 11 Byes
Portugal F.Y.R. Macedonia (to finals, hosts)
Switzerland Germany (to second qualfying round)
Iceland
Romania

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