All You Need To Know Ahead of U17 EURO Draw
Here is a breakdown of what is happening...
What is it?
This is the official Finals Draw for the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where 16 teams who have clinched qualification will discover their groups and opponents.
When is the Draw taking place?
The draw will take at 18:30 in Aviva Stadium on Thursday, April 4.
How can I follow the Draw as it happens?
The Draw will be livestreamed via the FAI Facebook page and updates will be posted across all FAI social media platforms, while UEFA will also cover the event.
Which teams are involved?
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Spain, Sweden
When does the tournament kick off?
The first set of games are on May 3 and will run through to the final on May 19.
Where will the games be played?
The games will be spread across four counties in Dublin, Longford, Waterford and Wicklow, with the following venues being used: Carlisle Grounds, City Calling Stadium, RSC, Tallaght Stadium, Tolka Park, UCD Bowl, Whitehall Stadium. The final will be played in Tallaght Stadium.
Why are none of the games played in the likes of Cork, Galway or Sligo?
As per UEFA regulations, each venue needs to be within a specific radius from the team hotel. With all teams staying in CityWest Hotel, Dublin, the longest journeys will be to Longford and Waterford.
Where will the Republic of Ireland play their games?
Colin O'Brien's Under-17 team will play two of their group games in Tallaght Stadium and the other in the RSC, Waterford.
How much are tickets for the games?
Prices start at €5 for adults, while Under-16s are permitted free entry (but need to have secured a ticket in advance). Tickets are available now by clicking here
Who is the tournament ambassador? Is there a tournament mascot?
Former Republic of Ireland international John O'Shea, who won this tournament in 1998 when it was graded at Under-16 level, is the official ambassador. The tournament mascot is Barry The Bodhrán, who was designed by 11-year-old Clara Hogan from County Wexford.
Are any special promotional initiatives taking place?
Schoolkids, from the four counties where they games will be played, will be encouraged to 'adopt a nation'. They will be able to learn all about different countries, get creative with artwork, learn new songs, and bring plenty of colour and atmosphere to the games where their 'adopted nation' will be playing. It will also help to provide that Irish welcome to all 16 teams competing in the tournament.
There will also be a trophy tour to specific schools with Barry The Bodhrán in attendance, while tournament ambassador John O'Shea will provide a behind-closed-doors coaching masterclass for a grassroots Under-17 team at the FAI National Training Centre.
Also, all teams competing in the SSE Airtricity Under-17 National League have been invited to games to get a closer look at their peers representing the top 16 nations in Europe and to undertake a match analysis task as they get to see tomorrow's stars today.
Any other information?
The finals will act as UEFA's qualifier for Europe's five berths at the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil later in the year.