U17 EURO qualifying round report
The UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round began the road to May's finals in the Republic of Ireland – and the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.
In all, 52 of the entrants have competed in mini-tournaments finishing by Friday, with top seeds England and Germany given byes to the 6 December elite round draw and hosts the Republic of Ireland already in May's finals. The 30 teams progressing to join England and Germany are now decided ahead of Friday's last matches, led by the Netherlands, who beat Italy in the 2018 final in England.
Through to elite round: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England (bye), France, Germany (bye), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Netherlands (holders), Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine
- Kosovo have reached the elite round for the first time
Qualifying round groups
Qualified: Netherlands (holders), Sweden
Qualified: Ukraine, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina*
Qualified: Austria, Slovenia
Qualified: Spain, Israel
Qualified: Kosovo, Scotland, Switzerland*
Qualified: Denmark, Russia
Qualified: France, Poland
Qualified: Czech Republic, Norway
Qualified: Hungary, Romania, Serbia*
Qualified: Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Turkey*
Qualified: Portugal, Belarus
Qualified: Belgium, Greece
Group 13 (ends Friday)
Qualified: Italy, Croatia
*best third-placed teams
- The top two in each group plus the four third-placed teams with the best records against the leading pair in their section advance to join top seeds England and Germany in the elite round next March, from which 15 sides will qualify to line up alongside hosts Ireland in the finals.
- The finals will also act as Europe's qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru from 5 to 27 October 2019.
Elite round draw: 6 December, Nyon
Elite round: tbc March
Finals draw: tbc, Republic of Ireland
Finals: 3–19 May, Republic of Ireland