U19 & U17s discover EURO opponents

Elite Phase

U19 & U17s discover EURO opponents

The Republic of Ireland Under 19 and Under 17 teams were given a clearer picture of what lies ahead in their quest to qualify for next summer's UEFA European Championships.
13th Dec 2016

For the Under 19s, all roads lead to Georgia where the finals tournament will be staged in 2017, while the U17 finals will be held in Croatia. Firstly, however, they must get through the Elite Round.

Tom Mohan's Under 19 team will go into the Elite Round full of confidence having won two of their three qualifying games. The Boys in Green have been drawn into a tough group, consisting of last year's beaten finalists, Italy, along with Belgium and Sweden. The Elite Phase will be hosted by Belgium in March 2017. The venue and fixture details will be announced in due course.

For Colin O'Brien's Under 17s, it was three wins from three in the Qualifying Round as they progressed as group winners. In the Elite Round, the U17s will travel to Cyrpus for their games in Group 4, which will also involve Slovakia and Faroe Islands.

The six Elite Round group winners plus the runner-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their group will qualify for the finals.

The draws were also made for the 2017/18 campaign, which will see the U19's host the Qualifying Round games with Cyprus, Azerbaijan and Serbia also eyeing a route to the Elite Round and the Finals in Finland. 

O'Brien's U17 team, meanwhile, will travel to Bulgaria for their three Qualifying Round games in October 2017 as they take on the Group 11 hosts as well as Ukraine and Azerbaijan. 

The top two teams in each group, as well as the third-placed side with the best scoring record, will progress through to the Elite Round and take one step closer to the finals tournaments.

2016/17 UEFA Under 17 European Championship Elite Round
Group 4: Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, Slovakia, Faroe Islands
Fixtures: Games to be played between March 15 & 20, 2017
Qualifying Hosts: Cyprus

Finals Tournament: Croatia

2016/17 UEFA Under 19 European Championship Elite Round
Group 7: Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Belgium
Fixtures: Games to be played between March 23 & 28, 2017
Qualifying Hosts: Belgium

Finals Tournament: Georgia

2017/18 UEFA Under 17 European Championship Qualifying Round 
Group 11: Republic of Ireland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Azerbaijan
Fixtures: Games to be played between October 10 & 16, 2017
Qualifying Hosts: Bulgaria

2017/18 UEFA Under 19 European Championship Qualifying Round
Group 7: Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus
Fixtures: Games to be played between October 4 & 10, 2017
Qualifying Hosts: Republic of Ireland